When I started working on the 7th Sea demo for Girls of Darwa Town, I quickly realized that I needed to upgrade a few elements of my recording rig – particularly my monitors. Well, “upgrade” isn’t quite the right word considering that I didn’t actually have ay monitors. Truth be told, up until that point I’d been mixing with Apple’s iPhone earbuds. And, as it turns out, those are embarrassingly terrible to mix on.

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So yesterday I decided to take the plunge and get some proper pro studio monitors. Boy, what a difference they made! I could actually hear frequencies that I couldn’t hear before! I could get an idea of where everything sat in the mix! I could actually hear enough to learn what needed work! For a baby recording producer like me, it was a game changer.

To test these new monitors out, I decided to go back and remix Riot in the Miskatonic Morgue, one of the old Awful Lot tunes. Riot was the first song I ever wrote with my buddy Patrick McMahon, and I though it would be a fitting first song to test out the monitors. I’d originally mixed this version using my earbuds, and, predictably, the mix sounded muddy and terrible. It deserved better, and so I went back to give it another pass.

Please take a listen and let me know what you think!

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