Recording & Mixing feature articles
- 12/08/17Getting started
Recording bass guitar - Alternatives - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 57
When you begin recording in a home studio, the first thing you realize is that your main limitation are the room acoustics. And yet, with certain instruments you can forget completely about this issue. And why do I bring this up right now? Well, because it just so happens that the bass guitar is one of such instruments. So, here's a non-exhausti...
Plugged into the Mix - Mix engineer David Tolomei takes in-the-box mixing to the next level
David Tolomei is one of the top mix engineers and producers on the indie and underground scenes. He cut his teeth as an assistant at New York's Avatar studios, which, at the time, was one of the most prestigious commercial facilities in the country. He later opened a studio in NYC's East Village, where he recorded, produced, and mixed client pro...
- 11/27/17Getting started
Recording bass guitar - With or without effects? - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 56
In this new episode dedicated to recording bass guitar, we'll deal with a somewhat thorny issue: should you record the bass with or without effects?
- 11/21/17Getting started
Recording bass guitar - Putting the perfect sound tog... - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 55
Okay, now that we've settled once and for all the question of phase correlation, the time has come to mix our bass tracks.
- 11/12/17Getting started
Recording bass guitar - A matter of phase (Part 2) - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 54
I guess some of you are a bit unhappy about how I closed the last installment. And you probably won't like me any better when you realize that the first paragraph still doesn't dive into the topic I put on hold last week... But what can I say, that's just the way I am.
- 11/05/17Getting started
Recording bass guitar - A matter of phase (Part 1) - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 53
Up to now, we've recorded a bass line in two different ways: directly from the instrument and via one or several mics placed in front of a bass amp. As you were able to hear, each of these methods has its own character, both from a spectral and dynamics point of view. And with that alone you ought to have plenty to do.
- 10/30/17Getting started
Recording a bass amp - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 52
In the previous article, you saw how to direct record an electric bass. Although such recordings can be pretty good, they have a major drawback: lack of body. This can be a real problem when the production you are working on requires a fat foundation. So, if you wish to perk up your groove again, you need to use a more conventional way of record...
- 10/24/17Getting started
Summary of the main chapters - Guide to Mixing - Summary
Have you just finished recording and editing the tracks of your masterpieces? That's great news! But you still have quite some work left to do before your songs are ready to be listened by other human beings. Now that you've got all the ingredients of your song, the time has come to move into the kitchen and start cooking things up.
- 10/18/17Getting started
Direct recording a bass guitar - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 51
After two articles dealing with the pre-requisites for any bass recording worthy of the name, today we will dive into the heart of the matter with the direct recording of a bass guitar.
- 10/15/17Getting started
A final word - A guide to mixing music - Part 147
The time has come to put an end to this series of articles dedicated to the art of mixing. In this installment, which is unlike any other so far for obvious reasons, I invite you to take a look behind the scenes followed by a very personal "best of." But what would you say if we have a musical interlude first?