Recording & Mixing feature articles
In The Studio with George Massenburg: Drums Recording - Masterclass with George Massenburg on Drums Recording
Face to face with George Massenburg on drums recording: ever dreamed about it? AudioFanzine and Jukebox Ltd. have made it real. We are very proud to bring you this video.
Quiz: Rate Your Audio Skills, Knowledge & Personality... - Audio Horoscope: insight into your mixing “character”
In order to help understand where you are in this overwhelming audio maze, I have put together a quiz to help rate your knowledge and personality type.
Tips for Mixing the Low End - How to Manage the Low End
Besides vocal mixing - I would say the most common question I read about on the internet is how to manage the low end. The kick and bass, or whatever else might be occupying that area, is the weight and power of a track. In addition, it's often the rhythmic backbone.
Editing: The Unsung Hero - Some Basic Editing Processes
My last article was on arrangement. This one is about editing. These two articles really both need to be read and absorbed to illustrate a greater point...
Mysteries of Dynamics Processing Revealed - All About Dynamics Processing
A dynamic processor is something that outputs a signal, where the level of the outgoing signal is based on the level of the incoming signal. In other words, a loud signal coming in will come out differently than a quiet signal coming in.
Exclusive Interview with Dave Pensado - World Class Mix Engineer Answers Some Questions
Dave pensado is a man who requires minimal introduction. He’s a world class mix engineer who’s worked on countless hit records. He’s also a teacher & mentor to an entire generation of successful mix engineers (including Jaycen Joshua, Ethan Willoughby, Ariel Chobaz & more).
Vocals Processing Tips: Part 2 - Composite Vocal Tracks, Compression, and Reverb
Hard disk recording techniques have affected every aspect of recording, including vocals. Although overdubbing vocals has been a common technique for years, today's programs let you do multiple tracks of vocals, and make a "composite" with all the best bits. We'll cover how to do that, then talk a bit about compression and reverb.
Vocals Processing Tips: Part 1 - From the Basic to the Esoteric, Here Are Proven Ways to Enhance Your Vocals
It was late at night, at a live-in-concert recording session in Germany. As several thousand fans waited anxiously, the vocalist walked onstage, and picked up a set of headphones. I saw him plug them into the mixer, and figured he was going to make one final check of his vocal sound before the band kicked in. He then turned the preamp gain contr...
Salvage Your Drum Tracks - Wimpy Snare? Muffled Kick? Lousy Drum Part? There's Hope!
If a pop/rock/dance track doesn't have a great drum sound, you're in trouble. Big trouble. The Drum Replacement 101 solution is to have a drummer come along and play with the original track, then erase the old drums. But this doesn't always work, and if you try to add drums after the fact to a track that doesn't have them, the process becomes ev...
Mixing - The 12 Step Program - When it’s time to mix a recording, you need a strategy
Mixing is not only an art, it’s the crucial step that turns a collection of tracks into a finished piece of music. A good mix can bring out the best in your music—it spotlights a composition’s most important elements, adds a few surprises to excite the listener, and sounds good on anything from a transistor radio to an audiophile’s dream setup.