Studio & Home Studio articles
- 07/19/15Getting started
It Can Happen to Anybody - The Loudness War - Part 8
This is the next installment in our article series dedicated to the race for volume, its consequences on music, sound and human ears.
Junkie XL Gives Back - The Mad Max composer on his free video tutorial series, film scoring and more
Tom Holkenborg (aka “Junkie XL”) has had a long and successful music career as a producer, recording artist, and remixer — and over the last several years he's become a top Hollywood film composer. He’s scored big-budget movies including Mad Max and Divergent: and he’s now working on the music for Batman and Superman.
- 07/15/15Getting started
Dialing in a Multiband Compressor - A guide to mixing music - Part 40
In the previous article we saw how multiband compression can be used at the mixing stage. Today I'll show you how to dial in a multiband compressor to get the best results.
- 07/05/15Getting started
A First Look at Multiband Compression - A guide to mixing music - Part 39
In this new installment we'll tackle multiband compression during mixdown.
- 06/28/15Getting started
Compression as Glue - A guide to mixing music - Part 38
This week we'll look into a side effect of compression that's beneficial, as long as you use it wisely. It's the so-called "glue" effect that takes place when you use a compressor on a group of tracks or even on the entire mix.
- 06/21/15Getting started
Sidechain Compression - A guide to mixing music - Part 37
Today we'll continue unveiling new tricks and tips on compression with an installment dedicated to the sidechain.
- 06/16/15Getting started
Parallel Compression - A guide to mixing music - Part 36
In this week's chapter, we'll tackle a specific use of compression you have surely heard about before, not least in our series of articles dedicated to mastering. I'm talking about parallel compression, which is sometimes called New York or NY compression. A highly valued technique among sound engineers, especially for drum tracks, but not only,...
A Bird in the Stand - A review of the Blue Microphones Hummingbird
A mic with a swiveling capsule is not a new concept, but it isn’t something you typically find in a mic as affordable as the Blue Hummingbird. The swiveling feature is no gimmick — it makes a big difference in mic positioning, both in terms of physically being able to place the mic where you want it, and in the ability to find the best placement...
- 06/07/15Getting started
Serial Compression - A guide to mixing music - Part 35
Now that we've seen the basic usage of compression when mixing, I'll walk you through a couple of tips and tricks that I'm sure you'll find quite useful. This week we'll look into a technique that might seem very simple at first glance, but it isn't: Serial Compression.
- 05/31/15Getting started
The Opposite of Punchy - A guide to mixing music - Part 34
Today, I invite you to continue exploring the possibilities of dynamics processing at the microdynamic level. After having dealt with "punchy" sounds, we'll use dynamics to go for the opposite — "roundness."