EP 164: Doug Boehm – How to Make Guitars Sound Big

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An American record producer and Grammy Award winning recording engineer, Doug has worked with some of the best Pop, Indie, and Rock musicians.  His roster includes the critically acclaimed Girls, and their offspring-solo artist Christopher Owens, Tokyo Police Club and French Kicks. 

Recently, he has been in the studio with Aussie favorites Birds Of Tokyo, Roadkill Ghost Choir, Twin Peaks, Elle King, and LA’s Dear Boy.

Recording and mixing credits include Australia’s The Vines, Paul Dempsey, Powder Finger, as well as American pop phenoms Katie Perry, Fallout Boy and Miley Cyrus. Other credits include Booker T Jones, Guided By Voices, The Whigs, The Pharcyde, Guru, Dr Dog, Company of Thieves, The Honorary Title, Islands, Liz Phair, Starsailor, Ezra Furman and the Harpoons, and the Stone Foxes.


  • Quitting audio college as a fast track to working in the audio industry
  • How to rise up the ranks in a studio
  • Working for Jack Joseph Puig
  • The simple trick for getting things to sound good
  • How to analyze reference tracks
  • Getting mixes to translate
  • Why your monitors aren’t your problem
  • NS10s: why they’re the worst
  • Preserving the sound of a client’s rough mixes
  • Getting bug, wide guitars
  • His simple approach to micing guitar amps
  • A trick for getting wider drum room sounds
  • Working with Tokyo Police Club
  • Using Transient Designers on room mics
  • Committing to sounds on the way in
  • The importance of automation to make mixes sound exciting

Notable gear mentioned in this episode:

Shure SM57: https://sweetwater.sjv.io/vN2JYO

To learn more about Doug Boehm, visit: https://www.dougboehmmusic.com/

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