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  • How to get the best results when a singer records in your studio
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    How to get the best results when a singer records in your studio

    05/17/14 in Getting Started

    Producing a singer for a vocal overdub session sounds like a pretty straightforward task, but to get good results, you not only need good engineering chops, but the ability to coax the best performance out of the singer. In part 1 of this 2-part article, we’ll focus on the technical aspects, and we’ll delve into the producing considerations in par…

  • A look at the best digital reverb pedals
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    A look at the best digital reverb pedals

    05/16/14 in Getting Started

    Indispensable on the pedalboard of any guitarist — right next to the overdrive/distortion — the reverb pedal allows you to add some ambient or to modify the position of a sound in a mix. Naturally, it has kept up with the digital evolution and there are many different models available on the market right now. We asked the Audiofanzine community wh…

  • Using harmonic exciters and enhancers in mastering
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    Using harmonic exciters and enhancers in mastering

    05/11/14 in Getting Started

    This eighth episode of our home mastering series will deal with harmonic exciters, harmonic enhancers and company.

  • How much power does your amp need for rehearsals and gigs?
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    How much power does your amp need for rehearsals and gigs?

    05/05/14 in Getting Started

    Thanks to "Doc" Emmett Brown, everybody knows that you need 1.21 gigawatts for a DeLorean to go back to the future when its flux capacitor runs out of plutonium.

  • Multi-band Compression in Mastering
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    Multi-band Compression in Mastering

    05/04/14 in Getting Started

    In the previous article, we addressed compression within the context of home mastering with a classic compressor. It's time now to tackle multi-band compression.

  • Adding Fills, Crashes, and More
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    Adding Fills, Crashes, and More

    05/01/14 in Getting Started

    Part 1 looked at the importance of variation in a full-length drum loop track, and also gave tips on customizing drum loops by editing. Here I’ll look at two very important aspects of your drum loop part, the fills and the crashes, and also touch on mixing issues.

  • How to Make Loop-Based Drum Tracks Sound As Realistic As Possible
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    How to Make Loop-Based Drum Tracks Sound As Realistic As Possible

    04/29/14 in Getting Started

    I’m not a drummer, but I often produce tracks in my studio that include drum parts. Sometimes I’m fortunate enough to be able to use a real drummer, but in most cases it’s just not practical. Instead, I frequently use drum loops. Because they are mixed recordings of real drummers playing, they give you an instantly realistic sound. The challenge i…

  • Remove Low-End Clutter from Your Mix with High-Pass Filtering
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    Remove Low-End Clutter from Your Mix with High-Pass Filtering

    04/28/14 in Getting Started

    Guitars, vocals, pianos, drums or virtually any track in your mix, has extraneous low-frequency information that can be filtered out without compromising the sound. While you may not notice anything wrong with the way a track sounds when you listen to it by itself, when combined with many other tracks in the multitrack mix, all that unnecessary lo…

  • Figuring Out the Unit That's Right for You
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    Figuring Out the Unit That's Right for You

    04/24/14 in Getting Started

    Part 1 looked at how to interpret the specs you see in ads and listings for audio interfaces. This time around, we offer info to help you figure out the audio interface that best fits your needs, presented in FAQ style.

  • Demystifying the Specs and Features
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    Demystifying the Specs and Features

    04/22/14 in Getting Started

    Shopping for an audio interface can be daunting, due to the countless models on the market and the variations in inputs, outputs, formats, maximum sampling rates, and numerous other specifications. The aim of this 2-part article is to demystify the subject to make it easier for you to figure out which interface best suits your needs.