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The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 18

The bothers of a home studio

The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 18

Today I'll address some constraints inherent to recording in a home studio. Being aware of these issues will allow you to prevent them more easily to avoid any unwanted noises making their way into...

A guide to mixing music - Part 113

Instinct and automation

A guide to mixing music - Part 113

Today we'll look into a concept that's relatively simple to understand and which will be of a lot of help when you automate your mixes.

The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 17

Recording a hardware synth

The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 17

This week we'll tackle a somewhat peculiar case: hardware synthesizers.

A guide to mixing music - Part 112

Automation - A case study, looking into the details

A guide to mixing music - Part 112

Last week Yours Truly had the boldness of giving you some homework: to analyze the mix of "The Look" from an automation point of view. This week it is my turn to do the honors.

The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 16

Tidy up!

The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 16

I'll dedicate the first article of the year in this series to tidiness in your home studio. I know it seems a bit off-topic, but trust me it is much more important than it appears at first sight.

A guide to mixing music - Part 111

Automation - A case study

A guide to mixing music - Part 111

In my opinion, automation is at the core of a well-accomplished mix. And yet, as I have pointed out numerous times, this stage is often neglected by beginners, most certainly due to a lack of under...

The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 15

The 3:1 rule

The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 15

In this episode I invite you to discover a trick that every beginner ought to know, the so-called 3:1 rule.

A guide to mixing music - Part 110

Automating the star of your mix

A guide to mixing music - Part 110

Today we'll see how to automate the most important track of your mix. This is usually the vocal track, but it might as well be a solo instrument. The true star of your song deserves special attenti...

The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 14

Recording a pizzicato double bass

The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 14

After having recorded a bowed upright bass last week, today we'll see how to track a double bass played with the fingers, a technique called pizzicato.

A top producer/engineer on technique, gear and recording Keith Richards

Talking Shop with Dave O'Donnell

A top producer/engineer on technique, gear and recording Keith Richards

What do Keith Richards, James Taylor, Katy Perry, John Mayer and Eric Clapton have in common? They’ve all had albums produced, mixed, or engineered by Dave O’Donnell. A native of upstate New York, ...

A guide to mixing music - Part 109

How to automate your mix

A guide to mixing music - Part 109

Up to now we've seen automation from a relatively theoretical point of view. That's all very nice, but the time has come to really take the plunge. And that's when the questions start to arise: how...

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