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I couldn’t believe the words coming out of her mouth.

It seemed like time slowed down as she said it.

“Why?” my two-year-old asked.

I’d heard stories, but now that the moment was happening, I dreaded every minute of what might come.

And I knew there was no coming back from it.

Now I had to either completely ignore her questions, which probably meant a machine gun fire of whys from her mouth.

Or I’d need to explain everything to her from now until college.

Luckily, I’ve been spending most of my professional career explaining complex audio engineering to hobbyist musicians and producers, so in a way, I’d been preparing for this moment my whole life.

And in all honesty, “why?” is a perfectly acceptable question throughout the production process.

  • Why am I recording this part for this song?
  • Why am I slapping a chorus on this track?
  • Why am I adding a fade out ending (no, seriously, why are you doing that?)

So take it from a two-year-old and ask yourself why more often.

It might just improve your music.

And if you’d like to know why EQ works the way it works and how you can create better separation between your tracks, check out the Audio Issues EQ plug-in with the bundled Ultimate Guide to EQ right here.


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About Audio Issues and Björgvin Benediktsson

At Audio Issues you’ll learn simple and practical audio production tips you can use right away to improve your music from your home recording studio.  Björgvin is the best-selling author of Step By Step Mixing and the founder of Audio Issues. He helps musicians and producers turn amateur demos into professionally produced records they can be proud to release.

We help home studio musicians and project studio producers make a greater musical impact in their lives by teaching them the skills needed to grow their hobbies and careers. We do this by offering simple and practical music production and success skills they can use right away to level themselves up – while rejecting negativity and gear-shaming from the industry. A rising tide floats all boats and the ocean is big enough for all of us to surf the sound waves.

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