Sound Techniques articles
- 04/25/17Getting started
Recording drums — Kick drum mics - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 30
Last installment dedicated to the kick drum from the chapter on recording drums. Up to now we have been focusing exclusively on our own audio clips, but I'm well aware that not everybody has access to the same mics we did at the studio where we tracked the drums. That's why today I intend to review the different alternatives available to close m...
- 04/23/17Getting started
First retouches - A guide to mixing music - Part 126
After having gone through the critical listening sessions under your normal working conditions, the time has come for some retouches. That's why today I will show you a method that ought to make your life easier at this stage.
- 04/17/17Getting started
Tools to make critical listening easier - A guide to mixing music - Part 125
Today I'll suggest a non-exhaustive list of tools that can make your life easier during the critical listening sessions of your mixes in your home studio.
- 04/12/17Getting started
Recording drums — Aligning the kick drum tracks - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 29
Second kick drum installment from the chapter dedicated to recording drums.
- 04/09/17Getting started
Comparative A/B listening - A guide to mixing music - Part 124
This time we will look at a very specific way of listening to your mix: comparative A/B listening. I cannot recommend you enough this method – it's hands down the most important way to listen to your mixes in a home studio.
- 04/04/17Getting started
Recording drums — The kick drum (Part 1) - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 28
After having looked at the snare drum, we will focus today on how to close mic a kick drum.
- 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.