Sound Techniques articles
- 01/11/17Getting started
Recording a hardware synth - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 17
This week we'll tackle a somewhat peculiar case: hardware synthesizers.
- 01/10/17Getting started
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.
- 01/03/17Getting started
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.
- 01/01/17Getting started
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 understanding of all the ins and outs of it. That's why I will keep bugging you with more articles on the topic in the coming weeks to really drive it home...
- 12/28/16Getting started
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.
- 12/26/16Getting started
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 attention when it comes to automation. After all, everything else is meant to showcase it. Do note that to make both writing and reading easier I will call t...
- 12/22/16Getting started
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.
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, Dave cut his teeth at New York City's Power Station Studios (now called Avatar), a facility that was the launch pad for many top engineers and producers.
- 12/18/16Getting started
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 should you go about with it? Should you use a control surface or the mouse? In real time or not? That's what we are about to discover...
- 12/13/16Getting started
Recording a bowed upright bass - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 13
In this article we'll see how to record an upright bass played with a bow. But don't worry, we'll also see how to record a pizzicato double bass in our next article.