Johnny Geib

Songwriter, Producer, Engineer,Teacher & Instructor

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Welcome to Johnny's Blog page. Here I will post my advice, thoughts and sometimes nonsense on a regular basis. Also enjoy blogs from some of my friends in the business like David Vignola and Ferenc Toth. Thanx to everyone for the support.

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The "Mixing In Mono" Debate and Why I Do Not....

Posted by Johnny Geib on April 27, 2017 at 6:40 AM Comments comments (1)

    While I agree that all mixes should be checked, from time to time, in mono, during the mixing process, to suggest that mixing in mono 85% of the time I can not agree with. To support my opinion, count how many ears you have. Sound like a silly argument? Maybe. But consider how much different things would sound with only ONE ear. Frequencies merging and canceling at random times (this is where checking a mix in mono from time to time makes sense) position and overall dynamics of ...

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Panning - Where Sounds Should Go

Posted by Johnny Geib on April 25, 2017 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Johnny's blog for April 2017 - Panning

So for today's blog I want to talk about the art of panning instruments left or right. There has been some discussion on whether to use an LCR method or whether to simply pan instruments at a point that sounds best. For those that do not know, LCR is a theory of panning that everything should be either hard left, hard right or center and nothing in between. I myself have always been of the concept of panning to a desired position rather then a hard...

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Objective Mixing

Posted by Johnny Geib on April 9, 2017 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Objective Mixing

There are times when I mix that are very difficult to get through. When my ears do not agree with my brain and I find myself remixing the same part over and over it gets very difficult to stay focused and to complete a mix that makes me happy. I believe that some of the strongest points of completing a mix have to be the ability to except certain things that you cannot change and understand that there will be times when a mix will never sound finished.


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What has happened to music....

Posted by Johnny Geib on February 13, 2017 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (2)

The Grammys. What a wonderful waste of time. I never even heard of most of the winners. Not only that, the outfits and the lack of real talent is disgraceful. Now, there was some good music, don't get me wrong. But the overall collection of lacking talent was quite a surprise. You can call me old, stuck in the past or closed minded but my opinion comes from the musician side of who I am. The songwriter I used to be and the Singer I never was. But attitudes and egos are way to prevalent. I alr...

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The Presonus Faderport 8 - Feel and Hear What You Mix

Posted by Johnny Geib on December 8, 2016 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (10)

The Faderport 8 has been a dream of mine since I bought the original faderport nearly 8 years ago. There have been all sorts of Photo-Shopped wishes created by myself and others, never really thinking Presonus was actually listening. One thing I have learned over the years is that development of devices like these is not an easy process and coming up with features "Everyone" will like is even harder.

 

When the announcement of the Faderport 8 was made I was ecstatic...

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Saved!!

Posted by Johnny Geib on July 26, 2016 at 12:45 PM Comments comments (1)

The HST WEB SITE HAS BEEN SAVED....... Yahoo!!! In a HUGE effort with my hosting company, who was so understanding of my situation, I have moved everything, with little effort, to a much more affordable plan that will allow me to keep things running. Sadly I lost the nice look of the old site but I have it looking the best I can now, with what I have.

I hope everyone can handle the new look cause that's all I get and I actually like it myself. So I hope everyone is as happy as I am ...

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The coming of Studio One 3 - A short review

Posted by Johnny Geib on May 25, 2015 at 6:20 AM Comments comments (4)


Well what can I say. I have been a Studio One user since version 1 and with each update I got more and more precise with every mix. With every update came additions to the work flow that just made my life easier and I actually started to feel I was mixing in half the time, with nearly every mix I completed. For me, no feature was too complicated nor were they difficult to figure out if it was something new to me and on top of that, I always learned something new about this DAW al...

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My opinions on 3rd party plugins and track cloning

Posted by Johnny Geib on January 5, 2015 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (3)


I received an email today asking my thoughts on this. He apologized for a long winded email and I responded with an even longer email (not purposly mind you) and I came to think my response was worthy of a Blog entry.

The question was: "So I guess the short form of my question/confusion is this. Shouldn't the eq and compression tools inside Studio One provide enough flexibility to craft [the same] beautiful sound?"

My response:

Well, this is a question tha...

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The Cost of things.......

Posted by Johnny Geib on December 27, 2014 at 2:55 AM Comments comments (10)


Well, I have learned a lot during the last few months as I attempted to launch a "Videos For Sale" site to generate some revenue for upgrades to my video equipment for better quality videos. What I discovered is that once you offer so much for free it becomes expected and very difficult to get people to pay for what they have been receiving for free for so long.


Patreon and Pivotshare were HUGE failures for me and even when I posted a Youtube video explaining my...

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Upward compression with Studio One by Ferenc Toth

Posted by Johnny Geib on June 14, 2013 at 3:45 AM Comments comments (6)

Upward compression with Studio One


This may be one of Studio One’s best kept secrets, but did you know that it is possible to upward compress with stock plugins in Studio One? The regular compressor plugin which comes with Studio One can only compress downwards; however, the multiband compressor which comes with Studio One Professional can also compress upwards (sorry Artist and Producer users!). A multiband compressor allows specific frequency ra...

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