Ep. 42: Music Production Techniques with Ben Runyan

Ben Runyan

What’s better than a two-time AudioSkills Podcast guest? A three-time AudioSkills Podcast guest! Ben Runyan, Philadelphia-based music producer and educator is back with some more excellent advice on getting quality sound when you produce. In addition to teaching at Drexel University, Rowan University, and the University of the Arts, Ben is also creating weekly tutorial videos for AudioSkills on YouTube!

In this episode we talked a lot about vocal production, but there are a ton of great takeaways on compression, EQ, using audio effects, and more.

The audio tip of the week is about boosting with EQ. Yes, the “rule of thumb” that you should cut before you boost is still great advice to follow. That said, there are reasons and moments when boosting with an EQ instead of cutting can yield some excellent results. You just have to remember to be extra careful when boosting because you CAN go overboard with it.

In the interview, Ben shares what projects he’s been working on lately, and talks a lot about the videos he’s been creating for the AudioSkills YouTube channel. If you’ve ever wanted to really dive in and see how a successful producer approaches his craft, you’ll want to listen in closely!

What You’ll Learn in This Episode:

  • Audio tip of the week: Tips for boosting with EQ.
  • Ben’s favorite technique for making vocals shine.
  • Gear and plugin recommendations to help you get pro results no matter what kind of music you’re making.
  • How to use delay to make your projects sound polished.
  • How to compress vocals AND EQ them successfully.
  • And a whole bunch more!

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