Noise Gates Don't Have to be Boring - Have Fun with Noise Gates
Noise gates aren't as relevant as they were back in the analog days, when hiss was an uninvited intruder on anything you recorded. But noise gates can do some really cool special effects that have nothing to do with reducing hiss. This article shows how to make them a lot more interesting, and throws in a bunch of fun audio examples, too. But fi...
Mixing Rap Vocals - Tips for Mixing Rap Vocals
If I had to pick the most frequent question I get asked on a regular basis – it would have to be “how do I mix rap vocals?” Or some variation thereof. At least once a week, if not more often.
Much Ado About Dithering - All About Dithering
It's a dirty job to go from high-res audio to 44/16, but someone's got to do it.
How to Create Wide Open Mixes - The Secrets Behind Wide, Spacious, Pro-Sounding Mixes
Here are some secrets behind getting those wide, spacious, pro-sounding mixes that translate well over any system.
Extreme Drum Processing - Exploring the Art of Filthy Signal Mutation
I like music with a distinctly electronic edge, but also want a human "feel." Trying to resolve these seemingly contradictory ideals has led to some fun experimentation, but one of the more recent "happy accidents" was finding out what happens when you apply heavy signal processing to multitracked drums played by a human drummer. I ended up with...
Capturing Guitar Amps in the Wild - Multi-Channel Micing for Live Sound
There are almost as many ways to capture guitar amplifier sound with a microphone as there are for a piano. And as with piano (and kick and snare drum, for that matter) single-mic approaches can’t always provide the best solution for guitar amps - we must also explore multiple-mic approaches.
DC Offset: Case of the Missing Headroom - All About DC Offset
It was a dark and stormy night. I was rudely awakened at 3 AM by the ringing of a phone, pounding my brain like a jackhammer that spent way too much time chowing down at Starbucks. The voice on the other end was Pinky the engineer, and he sounded as panicked as a banana slug in a salt mine. "Anderton, some headroom's missing. Vanished. I can't m...
Dynamics Processing Meets Rock Guitar - How to Compress a Guitar or Bass
Dynamics processing with studio-oriented processors? Been there, done that. But have you re-visited it lately in a guitar context? Dynamics control for vocals or program material is very different compared to guitar. Much of this is because there are many ways to use dynamics processing for guitar (or bass). So, let's take a look at the differen...
Curves of Steal: Fabulous Frequency Felons - Curve Analysis and Acquision Software
Bob Ludwig, Doug Sax, Bernie Grundman - they're masters of mastering. They produce hit after hit, with nothing at their disposal other than...well, experience, talent, great ears, the right gear, and superb acoustics.
All About Wires - Cables: The Most Important Piece of Gear
No matter how much caffeine you've consumed today, you're not as wired as your studio - or your stage rig. But how much do you really think about those little spaghetti-like critters that form the central nervous system of your musical world?