Pros and Cons of Working From Home

One of the recent changes in how people work is the focus on flexibility as well as comfort and working from home seems to tick these two boxes.

Habits and Routines

I’ve always believed that people are creatures of habits. We do have the power to innovate, improvise and disrupt; however, most of the time we quickly fall into routines, leading some parts of our lives on autopilot.

Discipline equals Freedom

When I first heard the phrase ‘discipline equals freedom’ said by Jocko Willink – ex-SEALS commander, author, businessman and podcast creator it immediately spoke to me.

Is Solopreneurship Worth It?

You may have noticed that being an entrepreneur, running a business, even freelancing became quite trendy in recent years.

When Do You Quit?

Running a business is hard, running a startup is even more difficult.
But, you know what is even harder – running a failing business.

Two Cents on Teamwork

Everything is all about teamwork these days. Synergy, team get-togethers, motivational speeches and management courses are all about running a proficient and a happy team.

Make Money Freelancing Online

People were doing business around the world for hundreds and hundreds of years, but the idea that you can sit in your bedroom with a laptop and run a company is new.

Intro to Effective Communication

Effective communication is a bedrock of all relationships – inside and outside of business.
An idea isn’t worth much if it’s not communicated with others, making the skill highly valuable.

Managers and Leaders

Working a job, running a business, freelancing – it doesn’t matter what is your strategy for making money, more than likely you will be working with other people.

Education and Learning

Lifelong learning is something that I advocate all the time.
Start small, start with hobbies that can make your life better, then start adding more complicated ideas.

My Current Recording Setup

Most of my audio work is done at the post-production stage. I edit, mix, master, and even with scoring I solely use synths and virtual instruments.

Vision and Goals

I am a big believer in setting clear goals, writing a vision down on a piece of paper and following it.
The vision can apply to anything – your career, your business, your health, your relationships. However what I noticed is that without it is so easy to fall back into procrastination and old habits.

My Current DAW Setup

I’m always on the lookout for the improvement and I update my system as often as I can.
In my opinion, it’s important to shake it up every few months. Otherwise, there is no progress.

My Lessons of 2017

As another year is coming to an end, I look back at the last 12 months and try to reflect.
The first question that most people ask is usually – why did it go so fast?

Scoring Podcasts – My Tools

With podcasts, you don’t have that many tools behind your belt – it’s all about the sound so, in reality, you have three elements to play.
Dialogues, Sound Effects, Music.

Audio Restoration and Podcasting

When something is poorly recorded – noisy, distorted, has a lot of hiss or background noise – you can clean it all up with audio restoration plugins.

Before You Quit Your Job

It’s safe to say to many people fantasise about quitting their jobs, being their boss, having the freedom to do whatever they want.

Economy and Jobs of the Future

Automation, self-driving cars, artificial intelligence and robots. If you read any technological blogs or futuristic predictions, then I would be surprised if you didn’t recognise any of these terms.

Podcasting and Audio Gadgets

The most beautiful aspect of podcasting is how little you actually need to get started. Thanks to the internet, the distribution is free but even with the equipment – you don’t need to spend a fortune to get working.

Importance of Templating

Working with a large team, multiple departments and international deliverables we had to streamline the process and put strong systems in place.

What Are Your Strengths?

It is easy to get excited about new trends, latest tech, attractive and innovative opportunities.
Even by looking at podcasting, everyone seems to be excited about the medium.

Creating Globally Appealing Stories

When starting a business, a blog or an internet show, the usual advice is to find a niche, explore it, become an expert in it and then go wide.

Starting Your Home Studio

Most of us musicians would love to have their home recording studio and luckily for us, as the technology advanced, it is now way easier and cheaper to make your home studio than it used to be.

Prioritise your Business Goals

Let’s talk about prioritisation.
When you start or re-brand a business, more than likely, you will need a strategy session to align everyone on the team.

Scoring Podcasts

Let’s talk about my favourite aspect of podcast production – music.
When it comes to podcasting, you only have audio to convey the message, to tell the story.

Start your Business with Why

“People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it.”
A well-known phrase from Simon Sinek’s book “Start with why.”

Strategy and Podcasting

Starting any venture, be it a business, a podcast or a website is a lot of work. Some time ago I read that it takes around 18 months for a business to be profitable, and that’s assuming everything goes well.

Should You Give a Free Advice?

We are entering the biggest revolution humanity had since industrial time – age of information.
Thanks to the internet, all knowledge is here, and it’s free.

Differentiation Factor

Differentiation factor or much simpler expression – the X-Factor.

One question that I try to answer during strategy business workshop is
“What makes you different from your competitors?”

21st Century Work

21st-century work is all about being adaptable, being able to make changes in people’s lives.
It can be podcasting, production, audio work, anything else.

Mixing on Headphones

During my studies, one rule that was always passed onto us by the teachers was – never mix on the headphones!

A Word on Ownership

As I’m packing up for my 10th house move in the decade, I’ve noticed a few things. How much I hate packing, how much I love moving to a new place and how little material things matter.

How to Spot a Trend in Podcasting?

The popularity of a podcast depends on various factors. Today I want to focus on the last one – the topic.
It’s one thing to be passionate about a subject, and another to have other people like it too.

What is your Podcast Idea?

Everything starts with an idea – podcasting is not an exemption from the rule.
It’s important to understand the basics of recording and audio editing.

Podcasting and Marketing

Should I start a podcast?
The question that every marketer asks, at least in the present times.
Why is that?
Well, if you google future of podcasting it’s easy to see that everyone seems to be bullish on the medium.

“How to Start a Podcast” Book Launch

So here it is.
After few months of writing, editing and designing I finally published my first book called “How to Start a Podcast: From 0 to 10 million downloads per month. One year with Casefile True Crime Podcast.”

Defining Feedback

We are afraid to give constructive feedback, and we are afraid to receive it.
“Afraid” may be a wrong word.
We just don’t like it.

Intro to Microphones

In this article, I want to share with you an overview of a recording microphone.
Microphones or mics are the basic instruments of capturing sounds. You have one inside your laptop, your phone and your camera.
Even in a smart watch.

What is Sound Wave

A sound wave is a disturbance of particles within a medium. A medium can be anything like air, water or steel. It is a mechanical wave and to better understand it, imagine a slinky. Now, a movement of a sound wave is kind of like a coil movement of a slinky. It either compresses or spreads apart.

Sound Recording Basics

Sound recording is an art of capturing the sound.
We perceive vibrations in the air as different sounds. We record these sounds with various equipment so we can play it back as many times as we want.

What is Stress Part IV – What Can You Do

I want to share with you a few things that helped me with stress.
Nothing too extraordinary, just a few new habits that I picked up along the way.
Some replaced the old ones.

What is Stress Part II – Symptoms

Let’s now discuss some of the symptoms.
You need to understand that everyone is different, some people will react to stress by sleeping all day long, others (like me) have insomnia.

What is Stress Part I – Causes

Stress. The term used every day by millions of people to describe their feelings and anxieties. I would argue that some small dose of stress can be good.

Frequency of Sound

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about the waves?
How it travels?
What are the lowest pressure level humans can hear?

What is Mixing?

Sound mixing is an art of combining many sounds into one.
There is a simple metaphor to describe mixing that may explain it better.

Sound Advice On Mix Stems

Final mixes and elements are called deliverables. In the past people worked with physical film or tapes, today we have digital files.

Sound Advice On Mix Formats

When we think about the sound, we tend to see it as music in your headphones and movies on your laptop. Maybe a surround sound set up at home if you are a grown up.
It’s only when you start to dig more into the world of sound engineering you will discover there is a lot more to standard format and mixes.

Big Project Survival – Phase II “The Grind”

Ok, you planned every detail. The troops are ready to go.
The battle begins slowly; everything goes according to The Plan.
And suddenly, things are starting to go south; morale is falling.

Big Project Survival – Phase I “The Plan”

Not so long ago I was a part of a team working on a big project.
It was a high-profile job, and it lasted for several weeks.
And it started at the back of another task.
I’m not going to lie; it was tough. The project’s life was about three weeks.

Get Creative With Your Internship

Work experience.
We all know the circle. You can’t get experience without work; you can’t get work without the experience. A modern day paradox.

How To Use Your Ears

I know that we, sound engineers, are proud of our listening devices (ears), and we are keen to offer listening advice to other people. I guess it comes with the job.

What is Sound Design?

Sound design is an art of creating a soundscape for a movie, game or any other creative production. This short definition may resemble the art of Foley, but the sound design is a bit different.

What is DAW?

DAW stands for Digital Audio Workstation.
DAW is a computer and software that we use when working with audio.
But which one is the best?

Tips for a Great Resume

Having a good resume is important. You read that statement everywhere, you hear it from your career advisor, it seems like a no-brainer. But what does CV stand for today?
And is it still that important?

What is Foley?

Foley is an art of creating a soundscape in the movie, game or TV production.
We can describe Foley as hidden sounds. Foley is footsteps and cutlery in a busy restaurant scene.
The sound of a hand touching a table or a simple door creak.

How to Find No Experience Jobs

Work experience. Everyone talks about it, but no one saw one.
How can you find no experience jobs?
I want to mention modern paradox – work experience loop.
Can’t work without experience, can’t get experience without work.

Intro to Sound Recording

I want to introduce some basic concepts of capturing audio and some easy tips on sound engineering. For some of you, this will be boring and easy. Remember, everything is built on fundamentals.

What is Sound Editing?

We describe sound editing as an art of producing great quality sounds for mixing, implementation and processing.
In simpler words, sound editing is a laborious task of making noisy and lousy recordings sound good.

Pros and Cons of Full Time Employment

Some people prefer steady job and paycheck; others can’t imagine sitting in the same room every day. I would advise you to try both. Freelance for a bit but also work for someone too.

Freelancing and Independent Life

Independent life or stable employment.
What do you prefer?
Both choices have their merits and faults. First, let’s clarify the differences between the two.

How To Choose Studio Monitors

Monitoring is used to describe judgment on sound. For that, you will need your ears and something that will transform electric energy into acoustic sound waves.

What is ADR?

ADR is a less known area of sound engineering.
But first things first. What does ADR stand for? ADR stands for Automated Dialogue Replacement.

What is Dubbing?

Dubbing is an art of replacing original dialogue in a movie with localized recordings. To put it into even simpler words, can you remember the latest big animation?

What is Sound?

The sound is a part of life. It is around you when you wake up; it is there when you go to sleep. Most of the animals communicate with sound. Humans use it to express their emotions, artistic creativity, and ideas.

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