All posts by Pete Johns

Mix, Master and Release an Album – An Introduction

Welcome to my “Releasing an Album” video series, where I will be taking the songs I have recorded, many documented right here on the channel, and completing a final mix and master process before releasing my new album on August 1st, 2018.

Along the way, I will be showing you some of the processes I go through to review the tracks, adjust the mixes where necessary, complete the mastering process, design album artwork, release the album and finally promote and share the end product.

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== Related Videos ==

Here are some of the previous songwriting series here on the channel if you are interested in the recording process behind many of these tracks:

4-Track Challenge (Song: Anxiety) –

Recording an EP in GarageBand (EP: Recoil) –

Recording a Full Song in GarageBand (Song: There’s No Such Thing as College) –

Complete-a-Song Challenge (Song: For the Birds) –

Song in a Week Challenge (Song: Sin) –

Recording my song “New Day” (Song: New Day) –

5 Day Songwriting Challenge (Song: Bully) –

== Recording Gear Used ==

Interested in the gear I used to record these songs and documenting the process?

Canon Rebel T5i/700D –
Logitech C922 Pro Stream Webcam –

Audio Interfaces:
Steinberg UR12 Audio Interface –
Steinberg UR44 Audio Interface –
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Audio Interface –
Tascam iXZ Interface –

Sennheiser HD 280 Headphones –

Apple Gear:
Apple Lightning to USB Adapter –

Samson C01 Condenser Microphone –
MXL 550/551 Condenser Microphone Pack –
Shure SM-57 Dynamic Microphone –
Audio Technica AE3300 Condenser Microphone –
AKG D5 Dynamic Microphone –
AKG D40 Dynamic Microphone –






Screen Recording in iOS 11 – with Microphone & iPhone/iPad Audio

Screen recording in iOS 11 on the iPhone and iPad has been a great addition and the ability to record both the audio from your apps and your microphone makes it even better.

However, when you record both audio sources, the resulting video file separates the audio on to two separate tracks, which video editing software like iMovie and even more advanced editors like LumaFusion will not support.

The solution? Take a second screen recording of your screen recording! This sounds strange, but if you take your original screen recording with both audio tracks, play it back via the photos app and record the screen again without the microphone audio, the result is a new video file with your original app AND voiceover audio mixed down to a single track, ready for importing in to iMovie or any other editing software.

Take a look at my original iOS 11 screen recording video here –

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GarageBand for Kids – Starting a New Song in GarageBand on iOS (iPad)


This is a series all about using GarageBand, made for kids and by a kid! Today we start a new song in GarageBand on the iPad by adding some drums, bass and synthesizer sounds to a new project in GarageBand.

Learn to use GarageBand in this tutorial made especially for kids (but grown ups are allowed to watch too).

In this third episode of Studio Kids Today, we show you how to start a new song using the very cool touch instruments and the autoplay feature in GarageBand iPad/iPhone:
1. Creating a new song
2. Adding a drum track using “Drummer”
3. Adding a bass track using the smart bass and autoplay
4. Using chords to create different sounds
5. How to trim and loop a recording
6. Adding a synth track using autoplay

On the next episode, Jasmine will be adding to her song with some sounds recorded using the iPad’s microphone.

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How to Understand GarageBand File Locations in iOS 11 (iPhone/iPad)

Managing your GaregeBand project files in iOS 11 can be confusing, so in this video I break things down and give you a crash course in how to manage your files effectively using the “Files” app integration in iOS 11.

The two key file locations are the “iCloud Drive” and “On My iPhone” or “On My iPad” locations, and there are some key differences between storing your files in each of these two locations.

“iCloud Drive” can help you backup your GarageBand projects both to the cloud and across multiple iOS devices, however you are limited by space (5GB total for a standard iCloud account), and slow upload or download speeds can make using this location frustrating.

“On My iPhone” or “On My iPad” stores files directly on your iOS device which means there is no automatic backup, however you can use all of the available space on your device and don’t need to worry about updates and uploading or downloading.

What I recommend is using a combination of the two, where you use your device storage for creating, and then copy any important backups to iCloud, or use the iTunes File Sharing backup option linked in the related videos below.

= Related Videos =

Files in GarageBand 2.3 & iOS 11 – Complete Guide –
Copy Files to iCloud Drive in GarageBand for iOS 2.3 –
Copy or Backup GarageBand iPhone/iPad Projects to a PC Using iTunes (iOS 11) –
Copying or Backing Up Songs From iOS to PC Using iTunes (iOS 10) –
Collaboration in GarageBand iOS (iPhone/iPad) –

= Pete’s Video Gear =

Canon Rebel T5i/700D DSLR Camera –
Samson C01 Condenser Microphone –
MXL 550/551 Condenser Microphone –
Steinberg UR44 Audio Interface –
Sennheiser HD 280 Headphones –

Note – Links provided in this video description may be affiliate links, meaning that if you choose to purchase products using these links, a small commission may be paid to me for referring you. Thanks for helping me and the channel.

= Web & Social =

Web –
Facebook –
Twitter –
Soundcloud –





Lenovo ThinkPad USB-C Docking Station Setup (w/ Lenovo ThinkPad E580)

My Lenovo ThinkPad E580 has been serving me well, however I really want to be able to use a docking station to hook in to my dual monitor desktop setup, so in this video I will be unboxing and setting up my new Lenovo ThinkPad USB-C docking station.

In this video, I take a look at what’s included in the box and then set up with my dual screen desktop, and connect a wireless USB keyboard and mouse.

Like most Lenovo products, this dock is solidly built and simple to connect and set up. After just a few power options tweaks I was up and running.

If you are in the market for a USB-C docking station, especially for a compatible Lenovo laptop, I definitely recommend this one!

= Product Links =

Lenovo ThinkPad USB-C UltraDock With 90W 2 Prong AC Adapter –
Logitech MK345 –

Note – Links provided in this video description may be affiliate links, meaning that if you choose to purchase products using these links, a small commission may be paid to me for referring you. Thanks for helping me and the channel.

= Related Videos =

Unboxing Video –
1 Month Update –
3 Month Update –

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Icons in GarageBand iOS (iPhone/iPad) – Quick Jam #36

Icons in GarageBand iOS (iPhone/iPad) – Quick Jam #36

In this quick tip tutorial video I show you the very simple but effective icons option in GarageBand iOS on iPhone and iPad.

The default icons are okay, but the ability to change icons helps you keep your projects organised, and distinguish between different types of tracks.

Covered in this video:
1. What are icons?
2. How to change an icon
3. Categories and types of icons

Check out the complete GarageBand Quick Jams series here:

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Use Velcro One-Wrap Straps to Organize Messy Cables

Velcro One-Wrap Straps are an amazing solution to organize your messy cables in the studio as well as all over your home, office and yard.

If you are in to audio, video, technology or anything else that results in a lot of cables lying around, you have probably a messy tangle of cables that need organizing. In this video I show you my favourite product for keeping my cables neat and tidy.

Velcro Reusable On-Wrap Straps can be cut to length and even cut in half to provide a solution for bundling any size cable, or anything else for that matter!

If you shop at Amazon, there’s a link below to this product.


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