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- 09/24/17Getting started
Life-saving shortcuts - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 48
In the previous article we looked at some technical solutions that can ease the life of lone home studio owners. Mobile apps, MIDI pedalboards and wireless keyboards can prove very useful, as long as you know what functionalities you actually need when recording on your own. Something that depends on your personal working habits, which I would v...
The Ears Have It - For producer and mix engineer Dave Isaac, being a great listener has been the key to success
Music has been a huge part of Dave Isaac’s life since he started listening to it intently as a child. Isaac, who grew up in Detroit during the heyday of Motown, says that by the time he was five, he already owned about 100 vinyl records
- 09/20/17Getting started
Real-life mixing - A guide to mixing music - Part 144
In a couple of weeks, this mixing guide will come to an end. I'm not kidding! Even the neverending story must come to a conclusion. However, I do love good thrillers, so I left one last twist for the very end...
- 09/18/17Getting started
Recording yourself - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 47
You probably all know that technical tasks are mainly processed with one hemisphere of your brain while the artistic domain is handled by the other one. For reasons I won't get into here, it just so happens that the two hemispheres of your brain don't communicate optimally with each other. Consequently, it is strongly recommended to organize you...
- 09/15/17Getting started
Increasing your productivity - A guide to mixing music - Part 143
I must admit that today's topic makes me grind my teeth, but we really need to call things by their name. And, as with any other creative discipline, when it comes to mixing, productivity is important, if only to try to land all those ideas constantly roaming the mind of the "creator." Although, in my opinion this a lost battle anyway, because w...
- 09/12/17Getting started
Recording drums — Last advice - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 46
In this last article dedicated to recording drums, I will give you three advice that ought to make your life easier when tracking drums.
- 09/07/17Getting started
Learning to mix – Part 3 - A guide to mixing music - Part 142
Last part in the chapter dedicated to learning. Some of you might think that today's topic is an apology of truisms, but that's not going to stir me from writing what I'm about to write, because I think it is a cornerstone of pedagogy.
- 09/05/17Getting started
Buyer's guide to monitor speakers - Setting up your home studio – Part 6
So far we have focused on the room that will accommodate your home studio, its soundproofing and acoustics. The time has come to start thinking about everything that will go inside. Let's begin with the one thing you can't do without: a monitoring system.
- 08/30/17Getting started
Recording drums — Rough mix possibilities - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 45
In today's episode, we are going to make an assessment of the drum tracks we have exploring different rough mix possibilities. You will see that alone by playing with the volume faders of the tracks we've recorded you can get a wide array of sonic landscapes, without the need of any processing.
- 08/25/17Getting started
Learning to mix – Part 2 - A guide to mixing music - Part 141
Last week I told you about the basic exercises you need to practice in order to start your way into the complex art of mixing. But that was only the first part, obviously. Before you sit down to mix your own masterpieces, there are two other exercises you should consider very seriously.