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  • Solutions to keep your guitar safe
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    Solutions to keep your guitar safe

    06/11/14 in Getting Started

    The guitar hasn't quite followed the evolution of its creator ─ the homo sapiens ─ and still cannot stand up straight on its own. So, after having to break that news to you, let's look at the different options to keep your guitar standing safely.

  • Automation in Mastering
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    Automation in Mastering

    06/08/14 in Getting Started

    Before moving on to the next processor in the mastering chain — the limiter/maximizer — it's appropriate to talk about an aspect that escapes many people starting out in mastering: Automation.

  • Microphones, monitors, and more
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    Microphones, monitors, and more

    06/02/14 in Getting Started

    In part 1, we looked at choosing a bus-powered audio interface to use for connecting microphones, instruments and MIDI controllers to your iPad. In this second installment, we'll look at an alternative approach for equipping your studio for audio and MIDI input, as well as other components you'll need to complete your mobile setup.

  • Mid/Side in Mastering
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    Mid/Side in Mastering

    06/02/14 in Getting Started

    In this new installment of our article series dedicated to mastering at home, we will delve into the world of mid-side processing.

  • How to put together an ultra-portable, battery-powered iPad-based studio
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    How to put together an ultra-portable, battery-powered iPad-based studio

    05/31/14 in Getting Started

    Did you ever dream of a totally mobile studio, a compact setup that can fit in a backpack? A rig that you can carry with you virtually anywhere, and record and produce music, even where there's no AC power? Now, thanks to the audio capabilities of the Apple iPad, that dream is both achievable and affordable.

  • How to get the best results when recording acoustic instruments
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    How to get the best results when recording acoustic instruments

    05/27/14 in Getting Started

    If you’ve ever recorded an acoustic instrument, you already know that there’s more involved than just sticking a mic in front of it. Factors that influence how the recording will come out — besides the ability of the musician — include room acoustics, quality of the mic preamp, choice of mic, and mic placement. Rather than going into a deep dive…

  • Using reverb when mastering
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    Using reverb when mastering

    05/26/14 in Getting Started

    In this tenth episode, we will tackle an effect that is seldom used by people starting out in mastering, namely, reverb.

  • How to use broadband noise reduction software to clean up audio recordings
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    How to use broadband noise reduction software to clean up audio recordings

    05/22/14 in Getting Started

    Much as we try to avoid it, there are occasions when noise gets onto our recordings. It could be a live recording where the source was too quiet and background hiss was picked up, or a passage on electric guitar through a high-gain amp that was buzzing, or an air conditioner in the background that got recorded onto a track along with the source. S…

  • Be mindful of the psychological aspects of working with a singer
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    Be mindful of the psychological aspects of working with a singer

    05/21/14 in Getting Started

    In part 1, we looked at mic choices, setup, and creating a monitor mix that’s comfortable for the singer. Here, we’ll delve into some producing techniques that will help you coax the best performance from the vocalist.

  • Using stereo enhancers in mastering
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    Using stereo enhancers in mastering

    05/19/14 in Getting Started

    Today, our journey across the mastering world takes us into the slippery terrain of stereo enhancers.