Getting Started feature articles
Recording drums — Hi-hat cymbals - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 35
Today, we will continue the chapter dedicated to drums recording considering other close miked elements that aren't necessarily indispensable... It depends on the situation, as you will see. We'll begin with the hi-hat.
How to tell when a mix is done? - A guide to mixing music - Part 131
Today I'll try to answer a question seldom addressed on the web, but which nevertheless is crucial: how to know when to call it quits...?
Recording drums — Panning - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 34
Last installment of our brief detour from the recording drums articles. Should you think about the drums from the listener's or the drummer's perspective? Keep on reading to find the answer...
Blind testing - A guide to mixing music - Part 130
In this installment I suggest yet another way to analyze your mix through the ears of other people. The principle this time is very simple: letting a bunch of people listen to your mix without them being aware of it.
Recording drums - A matter of perspective - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 33
Today I'd like to discuss with you something that goes beyond drums recording strictly speaking. Actually, what we'll see has probably more to do with the mixdown stage, but I think it's nevertheless useful to discuss it here, too: panorama. In other words: should you think about the drums from the listener's or the drummer's perspective?
Making the best of other's opinions of your mix - A guide to mixing music - Part 129
Last week we saw a listening method involving someone else, whose opinion we intentionally ignored. As useful as that approach might be, it doesn't spare you from having to actually consider the remarks and reactions of your Guinea pig, even if the person in question doesn't have anything to do with the professional music world. After all, your ma…
Recording drums — First rough mix - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 32
This time I invite you to review the current state of your drums recordings. And I'll begin with a consideration that goes beyond the instrument at hand...
A new look at your mix - A guide to mixing music - Part 128
Judging a mix objectively can be one of the hardest things ever. After all those hours working with a mix, it can be really hard to take a step back and judge it rightfully. And even more so for the regular home studio owner who not only wears the audio engineer hat, but usually also that of the composer, performer and producer. However, there is …
Recording the snare and kick at the same time - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 31
In this new installment dedicated to drums recording I will reveal a technique that will allow you to spare one mic and one track when close miking the kick and snare.
Critical listening outside your studio - A guide to mixing music - Part 127
The home studio environment is usually pretty far from the ideal conditions of a commercial studio, so it's strongly advised to check your mixes outside of your work space. With that in mind, today's article will be dedicated to a "classic" way of approaching this critical listening stage "outdoors."