Sound Techniques feature articles
- 04/02/17Getting started
Critical listening in a home studio - A guide to mixing music - Part 123
Chronologically speaking, the critical listening stage is divided into two phases for any home studio enthusiast: the first one under his/her usual working conditions and the second one outdoors. This week we will review different listening methods that will help you understand better the first of these phases.
West is Thriving in the East - An interview with mixing wiz Ryan West
Succeeding as a freelance mixing engineer in New York City is no easy feat, but Ryan West has done it—impressively. Working predominantly on the hip-hop and R&B scenes, his credit list includes such luminaries as Kanye West, Jay-Z, Eminem, Rihanna, Usher, 50 Cent, Kid Cudi, and Maroon 5. Not bad for a guy with no formal engineering training and ...
- 03/29/17Getting started
Recording drums — The snare drum (Part 2) - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 27
In the previous episode we saw the ABC of close miking a snare drum. Today we'll take it a step further...
- 03/27/17Getting started
Things to consider during critical listening - A guide to mixing music - Part 122
In order to approach the critical listening sessions seriously, here are a couple of things you might want to ask yourself while at it. You should focus mainly on two aspects, which I recommend you take on one after the other, so you don't get distracted.
- 03/24/17Getting started
Recording drums — The snare drum (Part 1) - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 26
Now that we've covered the Mono Room and Overheads tracks, the time has come for us to tackle the recording of the different elements of the drum kit with the close miking technique. We'll start this week with the snare drum.
- 03/20/17Getting started
The hour of truth for your mix - A guide to mixing music - Part 121
Dear friends, I know the closer we come to the end the more impatient you get. What do we have left after the delicate automation phase? Well, quite a few things and not particularly easy ones. In the coming weeks we'll look at different methods of listening that ought to help you judge better your mixes. This will help you give the finishing to...
- 03/16/17Getting started
Recording drums — Last advice on overheads - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 25
This installment is the last one dedicated to overheads. Yes, I know four articles discussing that topic exclusively seems like a lot. But I insist, the overall result of a drum kit recording depends largely on the overheads, so it makes sense to take all necessary precautions, doesn't it? Here is some last advice to help you on the quest to get...
- 03/14/17Getting started
Last advice on automation - Part 2 - A guide to mixing music - Part 120
Today I'll give you some final recommendations regarding automation.
- 03/12/17Getting started
Recording drums — Overheads and the A-B technique - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 24
After having seen the ORTF, XY and M/S techniques, we'll look now into two other methods to record drum overheads.
- 03/05/17Getting started
Last advice on automation - Part 1 - A guide to mixing music - Part 119
To close the chapter on automation I'll start listing today some advice and remarks I haven't mentioned before, but which I nevertheless deem important and useful.