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Congrats @ryanhurd & @marenmorris On the RIAA platinum single Chasing After YouProduced by @aaroneshuis & Teddy Reimer⁠M...
10/14/2021

Congrats @ryanhurd & @marenmorris
On the RIAA platinum single
Chasing After You
Produced by @aaroneshuis & Teddy Reimer⁠
Mixed by @mannymarroquin
Mix Engineered by @jeremie_inhaber
Mastered by @nathandantzler
Mastering Assisted by @halliemmelton

Congrats @ryanhurd & @marenmorris
On the RIAA platinum single
Chasing After You
Produced by @aaroneshuis & Teddy Reimer⁠
Mixed by @mannymarroquin
Mix Engineered by @jeremie_inhaber
Mastered by @nathandantzler
Mastering Assisted by @halliemmelton

This summer has been our busiest yet. Between masters and building our new studios, we haven’t had much time to come up ...
09/10/2021

This summer has been our busiest yet. Between masters and building our new studios, we haven’t had much time to come up for air. We can’t wait to share more on our new studios soon....⁠

This summer has been our busiest yet. Between masters and building our new studios, we haven’t had much time to come up for air. We can’t wait to share more on our new studios soon....⁠

This summer has been our busiest yet. Between masters and building our new studios, we haven’t had much time to come up ...
09/10/2021

This summer has been our busiest yet. Between masters and building our new studios, we haven’t had much time to come up for air. We can’t wait to share more on our new studios soon…

We're hiring! Email us at the hiring@thehitlab.com about interning with our collaborative, artist-oriented mastering tea...
09/09/2021

We're hiring! Email us at the [email protected] about interning with our collaborative, artist-oriented mastering team.

We're hiring! Email us at the [email protected] about interning with our collaborative, artist-oriented mastering team.

We’re looking for a young, aspiring intern to join our team in Nashville. Email us at hiring@thehitlab.com, and tell us ...
09/08/2021

We’re looking for a young, aspiring intern to join our team in Nashville. Email us at [email protected], and tell us why you’re interested.

We’re looking for a young, aspiring intern to join our team in Nashville. Email us at [email protected], and tell us why you’re interested.

Liza Owen - Songs From Monte Nido⁠⁠Produced by @whatsyourasl @afterhrs_ @julianbulian @johntheblind @ifranzino @haasandr...
09/07/2021

Liza Owen - Songs From Monte Nido⁠

Produced by @whatsyourasl @afterhrs_ @julianbulian @johntheblind @ifranzino @haasandrew ⁠

Mixed by @mannymarroquin @afterhrs_ Jeff Gunnell @julianbulian⁠

Mastered by @nathandantzler⁠
Mastering assistant @halliemmelton

Liza Owen - Songs From Monte Nido⁠

Produced by @whatsyourasl @afterhrs_ @julianbulian @johntheblind @ifranzino @haasandrew ⁠

Mixed by @mannymarroquin @afterhrs_ Jeff Gunnell @julianbulian⁠

Mastered by @nathandantzler⁠
Mastering assistant @halliemmelton

If you’re young and hungry, send an email to hiring@thehitlab.com and tell us why you’d like to intern with our team in ...
09/06/2021

If you’re young and hungry, send an email to [email protected] and tell us why you’d like to intern with our team in Nashville. ⁠

If you’re young and hungry, send an email to [email protected] and tell us why you’d like to intern with our team in Nashville. ⁠

John K - in case you miss me⁠Produced by @midijones @donteblaise @wynne @johnnysimpsonmusic @gianstone @therealmarclo @r...
07/02/2021

John K - in case you miss me⁠

Produced by @midijones @donteblaise @wynne @johnnysimpsonmusic @gianstone @therealmarclo @ripruthtruth @captaincuts @rosiemusicc Dallas Canton⁠

Mixed by @mannymarroquin
Mix Engineered by @jeremie_inhaber⁠
Mix assisted by @zachpereyra @tonezmix⁠

Mastered by @nathandantzler⁠
Mastering Assisted by @halliemmelton

John K - in case you miss me⁠

Produced by @midijones @donteblaise @wynne @johnnysimpsonmusic @gianstone @therealmarclo @ripruthtruth @captaincuts @rosiemusicc Dallas Canton⁠

Mixed by @mannymarroquin
Mix Engineered by @jeremie_inhaber⁠
Mix assisted by @zachpereyra @tonezmix⁠

Mastered by @nathandantzler⁠
Mastering Assisted by @halliemmelton

💥 Authenticity⁠⁠⁠⁠We all know how magical it feels when a record hits just right.⁠⁠⁠⁠We often chase after that feeling i...
04/05/2021

💥 Authenticity⁠⁠
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We all know how magical it feels when a record hits just right.⁠⁠
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We often chase after that feeling in our work, only to find that it doesn’t have the same impact.⁠⁠
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Instead of making something unique, we often opt to create a derivative of what inspired us.⁠⁠
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The magic is in the authenticity.⁠⁠
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The art that people connect to is often the purest, most unique expression of the artist.⁠⁠
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It’s better to be yourself than a poor imitation of someone else.⁠⁠
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You can’t fake authenticity.

Congratulations @vincegillofficial on the Grammy win for Best Country Solo Performance!Produced by Vince Gill & Justin N...
03/14/2021

Congratulations @vincegillofficial on the Grammy win for Best Country Solo Performance!

Produced by Vince Gill & Justin Niebank
Mixed by Justin Niebank
Mastered by @nathandantzler

Congratulations @vincegillofficial on the Grammy win for Best Country Solo Performance!

Produced by Vince Gill & Justin Niebank
Mixed by Justin Niebank
Mastered by @nathandantzler

📈 Process⁠⁠⁠⁠The creative process can be magical when there is momentum.⁠⁠⁠⁠Our best work happens when we are in a flow ...
03/01/2021

📈 Process⁠⁠
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The creative process can be magical when there is momentum.⁠⁠
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Our best work happens when we are in a flow state.⁠⁠
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Workflow inefficiencies can create challenges that slow us down.⁠⁠
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Some challenges are unique, but others are unnecessary and happen repeatedly.⁠⁠
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When unaddressed, these unnecessary challenges can be death by 1,000 cuts.⁠⁠
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We want to optimize for being in a flow state as often as possible.⁠⁠
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To do so, we must develop more efficient processes.⁠⁠
Invest in the process now. Thank yourself later.⁠⁠
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#audioengineer #recordingengineer #mixingengineer #mixengineer #masteringengineer #assistantengineer #remixer #remixers #recordproducer #recordproducers #musicproducer #musicproducers #producerflow #lifeofaproducer #producercommunity #producerslife #musicproducerlife #musicproducerslife #musicproducerlifestyle #musicproducerslifestyle #studiotips #produceradvice

🌱 planting seeds⁠⁠⁠⁠What is the source of success? Here’s a story: ⁠⁠⁠⁠In 2003, Nathan took on a low budget indie album ...
02/01/2021

🌱 planting seeds⁠⁠
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What is the source of success? Here’s a story: ⁠⁠
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In 2003, Nathan took on a low budget indie album as a favor for a friend.⁠⁠
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Ten years later one of the band members introduced his rockstar friend to Nathan.⁠⁠
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They vibed and he invited Nathan to work out of his Malibu studio.⁠⁠
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This led to Nathan working with his producer on many great records.⁠⁠
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Last year, that producer had Nathan master a project for one of the biggest artists of 2020.⁠⁠
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Remember, if you give each project everything you’ve got, eventually the seeds you’ve planted can bear fruit.⁠⁠
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#audioengineer #recordingengineer #mixingengineer #mixengineer #masteringengineer #assistantengineer #remixer #remixers #recordproducer #recordproducers #musicproducer #musicproducers #producerflow #lifeofaproducer #producercommunity #producerslife #musicproducerlife #musicproducerslife #musicproducerlifestyle #musicproducerslifestyle #studiotips #produceradvice

➡️ Aim⁠⠀⁠⠀It’s hard to get started if you don’t know where to go.⁠⠀⁠⠀The fear of getting lost can prevent us from moving...
01/04/2021

➡️ Aim⁠⠀
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It’s hard to get started if you don’t know where to go.⁠⠀
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The fear of getting lost can prevent us from moving forward.⁠⠀
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However, there is no reward without risk.⁠⠀
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There is no map. ⁠⠀
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Keep moving forward.⁠⠀
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We can change directions along the way.⁠⠀
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We must explore to find our path to success.⁠⠀
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#audioengineer #recordingengineer #mixingengineer #mixengineer #masteringengineer #assistantengineer #remixer #remixers #recordproducer #recordproducers #musicproducer #musicproducers #producerflow #lifeofaproducer #producercommunity #producerslife #musicproducerlife #musicproducerslife #musicproducerlifestyle #musicproducerslifestyle #studiotips #produceradvice designed by @sttt.us

🔴⚫️ Comparison ⁠⠀⁠⠀It can be easy to see someone else’s life as being more successful.⁠⠀⁠⠀These comparisons can leave us...
12/07/2020

🔴⚫️ Comparison ⁠⠀
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It can be easy to see someone else’s life as being more successful.⁠⠀
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These comparisons can leave us feeling jealous or discouraged.⁠⠀
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We have to be careful not to let our internal comparisons to our peers undervalue our achievements.⁠⠀
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We should be inspired by our peers to improve.⁠⠀
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Unhealthy comparison discourages. Healthy comparison motivates.⁠⠀
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We’re never going to be able to copy and paste someone else’s journey. ⁠⠀
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Own your path.⁠⠀
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#audioengineer #recordingengineer #mixingengineer #mixengineer #masteringengineer #assistantengineer #remixer #remixers #recordproducer #recordproducers #musicproducer #musicproducers #producerflow #lifeofaproducer #producercommunity #producerslife #musicproducerlife #musicproducerslife #musicproducerlifestyle #musicproducerslifestyle #studiotips #produceradvice

⚖️ Balance⁠⠀⁠⠀For creative people it can be a challenge to find the right balance  in our mixes, our time, and in our li...
11/02/2020

⚖️ Balance⁠⠀
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For creative people it can be a challenge to find the right balance in our mixes, our time, and in our lives.⁠⠀
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It’s a battle between chaos and order.⁠⠀
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Chaos has the power to turn potential into reality. ⁠⠀
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Order affords us safety and stability⁠⠀
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With too much chaos, our lives are in disarray. We feel that strain in our relationships, our finances, and in our mental health. ⁠⠀
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If our lives are too orderly, they become rigid and we struggle to find meaning.⁠⠀
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Life, art, and the pursuit of happiness all balance on the edge of order and chaos.⁠⠀
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#audioengineer #recordingengineer #mixingengineer #mixengineer #masteringengineer #assistantengineer #remixer #remixers #recordproducer #recordproducers #musicproducer #musicproducers #producerflow #lifeofaproducer #producercommunity #producerslife #musicproducerlife #musicproducerslife #musicproducerlifestyle #musicproducerslifestyle #studiotips #produceradvice

😎 Identity⁠⠀⁠⠀As music makers, we often place our identity in our work.⁠⠀⁠⠀We might look at stream counts, chart positio...
10/19/2020

😎 Identity⁠⠀
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As music makers, we often place our identity in our work.⁠⠀
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We might look at stream counts, chart positions, or social media interactions and feel those highs and lows in our core being.⁠⠀
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While it’s important to do great work, create great art, and strive for success, we cannot forget that who we are isn’t just the music we make.⁠⠀
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When our personal value is dependent on our careers, our mood and self-worth will rise and fall with every success or failure.⁠⠀
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A healthy sense of identity helps us stay humble in success and treat failure as a learning experience. ⁠⠀
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Once we have eliminated the fear of failure, we have the freedom to do our best work.⁠⠀
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You are not your work.⁠⠀
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#musicmakers #musictips #masteringtips #mixingtips #songwriting #songwritersofig #studiolife

Playing The Long Game⁠⠀⁠⠀🎲 It can be easy to get lost in the whirlwind of music creation.⁠⠀⁠⠀🕹 Because we are all trying...
09/28/2020

Playing The Long Game⁠⠀
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🎲 It can be easy to get lost in the whirlwind of music creation.⁠⠀
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🕹 Because we are all trying to create meaningful work, we can get trapped, looking at each project with tunnel vision.⁠⠀
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🃏We have to remember that having a career in music is about playing the long game. ⁠⠀
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👾 Focusing on the long game allows us to stop chasing trends and work towards an entire career of relevant music. ⁠⠀
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🎮 By seeing the big picture of our career, we can set smarter goals and develop a blueprint to achieve them⁠⠀
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🎳 When we play the long game, we can keep a better perspective on each project, and ultimately keep ourselves working optimally for the long haul. ⁠⠀
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🎯 Ask yourself this: am I chasing a fad, or setting myself up for long term success?⁠⠀
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#musicmakers #musictips #masteringtips #mixingtips #songwriting #songwritersofig #studiolife

🧨 Avoiding Burnout⁠⠀⁠⠀The culture of music production often involves long hours and working very late into the night⁠⠀⁠⠀...
09/21/2020

🧨 Avoiding Burnout⁠⠀
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The culture of music production often involves long hours and working very late into the night⁠⠀
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However, this can lead to burnout, which can be one of the biggest roadblocks to productivity. ⁠⠀
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Burnout can cause us to lose our perspective, slowing down our momentum and causing frustration.⁠⠀
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By remembering that our career is a marathon, not a sprint, we can begin to understand the importance of rest.⁠⠀
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Avoiding burnout allows us to plan our days to maximize creativity, allowing us to do great work more quickly. ⁠⠀
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By being intentional each day to avoid the pitfalls of burn out, we ensure that we can provide excellent results day after day. ⁠⠀
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#musicmakers #musictips #masteringtips #mixingtips #songwriting #songwritersofig #studiolife

🤠 nashville, tn⁠⠀⁠⠀@thehitlab began with @NathanDantzler in Nashville, TN. ⁠⠀⁠⠀After living in LA for a few years, Natha...
09/07/2020

🤠 nashville, tn⁠⠀
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@thehitlab began with @NathanDantzler in Nashville, TN. ⁠⠀
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After living in LA for a few years, Nathan decided to move thehitlab back to Nashville. ⁠⠀
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Nathan chose Nashville for its connection to historic studios, world-class music makers, and its tight-knit community. ⁠⠀
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Our goal is to put a spotlight on what matters for every project we work on. This requires a deep level of trust, understanding, and collaboration within the music community.⁠⠀
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Often, we listen to our client’s mixes long before they are finished, helping to tweak the balance and sometimes even the arrangement.⁠⠀
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We work with seasoned and emerging producers, mixers, and artists helping to challenge each other and produce great work.⁠⠀
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We’re inspired by the legacy of Nashville’s music community, and that pushes us to continue moving the city forward. ⁠⠀
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#musicmakers #musictips #masteringtips #mixingtips #songwriting #songwritersofig #studiolife⁠⠀
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@johnnydibb @sammzmusic @john.rausch @marksiegel @davisnaish @mikeyreaves @sonicpilot @savanasantos @2livebre @j4given

👤 Hallie Melton⁠⠀⁠⠀@HallieMMelton is the newest member to join thehitlab.⁠⠀⁠⠀Hallie has had a broad background in music,...
08/31/2020

👤 Hallie Melton⁠⠀
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@HallieMMelton is the newest member to join thehitlab.⁠⠀
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Hallie has had a broad background in music, starting as a stagehand and studying sound engineering at @TheBlackbirdAcademy. ⁠⠀
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After school, Hallie worked in live sound, doing tour-prep and mixing in The S4 room at @ClairGlobal, and eventually touring with @RustonKelly as a monitor engineer.⁠⠀
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Hearing the acoustics at @fame_recording_studios sparked a fascination for the way rooms can sound. This experience illuminated to her that she wanted to work on studio recordings. ⁠⠀
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Hallie currently works as an assistant to Nathan, gaining experience and being exposed to a large variety of projects.⁠⠀
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Hallie is a firm believer in taking a zoomed-out view of the music and illuminating what matters most to the listener.⁠⠀
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Hallie’s approach and perspective will be fundamental as she gains experience as a mastering engineer at thehitlab.⁠⠀
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#musicmakers #musictips #masteringtips #mixingtips #songwriting #songwritersofig #studiolife @ Nashville, Tennessee

👤 Nathan Dantzler⁠⠀⁠⠀@nathandantzler is the founder and chief engineer of thehitlab. ⁠⠀⁠⠀Nathan began his engineering jo...
08/17/2020

👤 Nathan Dantzler⁠⠀
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@nathandantzler is the founder and chief engineer of thehitlab. ⁠⠀
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Nathan began his engineering journey 20 years ago, coming up through the traditional studio system. ⁠⠀
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After producing and mixing for years, Nathan realized he often wasn’t happy with the masters he received. ⁠⠀
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He quickly realized mastering was his true calling.⁠⠀
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Nathan has exacting standards, he built his studio to his specifications, and he created the team to refine thehitlab’s workflow and systems.⁠⠀
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Above all, Nathan prides himself on musical, relevant masters that shine a light on what matters and heighten the musical moment. ⁠⠀
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His unique outlook and perspective have come to define what people expect from @thehitlab
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#musicmakers #musictips #masteringtips #mixingtips #songwriting #songwritersofig #studiolife @ Nashville, Tennessee

👥 Building a Team⁠⠀⁠⠀Our goal has always been to master great records. Part of achieving that goal, we realized, is to h...
08/10/2020

👥 Building a Team⁠⠀
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Our goal has always been to master great records. Part of achieving that goal, we realized, is to have a great team.⁠⠀
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As an independent engineer, it's challenging to juggle budgets, systems, and deadlines; this can take the focus away from the music.⁠⠀
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By building a team, we've created systems and processes for file management, project management, scheduling, and billing.⁠⠀
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We refine our processes so our team can handle more projects, while still being able to give each project the attention it deserves.⁠⠀
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All of this works in concert to allow us to deliver great sounding records.⁠⠀
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If you're building your team, ask yourself this: "How can I structure things in a way that benefits my team and my clients?" @ Nashville, Tennessee

After many years of getting lost in fancy gear, we’ve found the calendar to be one of our most essential tools.⁠⠀⁠⠀The c...
07/27/2020

After many years of getting lost in fancy gear, we’ve found the calendar to be one of our most essential tools.⁠⠀
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The calendar has been a key to refining our workflow and being more intentional with our time.⁠⠀
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✅ Scheduling tasks on our calendar reduces anxiety and creates an actionable plan for the day.⁠⠀
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⚡️Understanding the pace of the day allows us to prioritize our energy.⁠⠀
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🚨 Creating space in our upcoming week allows us to accommodate emergencies and last-minute projects.⁠⠀
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🗓 All of this allows our month to flow better, giving us the time to unplug and catch up with our friends, families, and collaborators.⁠⠀
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Using a calendar helps us serve our clients better and gives us the headroom to create better work.⁠⠀
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#musicmakers #musictips #masteringtips #mixingtips #songwriting #songwritersofig #studiolife @ Nashville, Tennessee

After many years of getting lost in fancy gear, we’ve found the calendar to be one of our most essential tools.⁠⠀⁠⠀The c...
07/27/2020

After many years of getting lost in fancy gear, we’ve found the calendar to be one of our most essential tools.⁠⠀
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The calendar has been a key to refining our workflow and being more intentional with our time.⁠⠀
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✅ Scheduling tasks on our calendar reduces anxiety and creates an actionable plan for the day.⁠⠀
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⚡️Understanding the pace of the day allows us to prioritize our energy.⁠⠀
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🚨 Creating space in our upcoming week allows us to accommodate emergencies and last-minute projects.⁠⠀
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🗓 All of this allows our month to flow better, giving us the time to unplug and catch up with our friends, families, and collaborators.⁠⠀
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Using a calendar helps us serve our clients better and gives us the headroom to create better work.⁠⠀
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#musicmakers #musictips #masteringtips #mixingtips #songwriting #songwritersofig #studiolife @ Nashville, Tennessee

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