MIDI FAQ for beginners

07 Hardware SynthesizerMIDI, or Musical Instrument Digital Interface, is a language by which computers, virtual instruments, and hardware samplers/synthesizers can communicate. There are a lot of unfamiliar terms and concepts in the MIDI world, so let’s take a look at a few questions that I typically hear from first time users. Read more.

Five tips for recording vocals at home

Portable Vocal BoothRecording vocals in your home studio can be somewhat tricky, especially if the quality of your recording space doesn’t contend with a professional studio environment. However, there are plenty of solutions that can improve the quality of your vocal recordings. The room in which you record in will be as much a part of the recording as the singers voice. This can work in your favor and can also work against you. Read more.

pre-production

Pre-production tips for recording drums

Every studio recording should begin with pre-production, as prepping for a studio recording is the only way to take advantage of the time you have. Record yourself playing your band’s songs to understand how your tracks will come together in the studio. Review your recordings and focus on your parts to understand where improvements need to be made to lock down the tracks. Read more.

subtractive equalization

Don’t boost – reduce! Subtractive equalization and your home studio mix

Equalization is one of the most powerful tools an audio engineer can get their hands on. Unfortunately, some beginners and home studio users habitually reach for it without understanding what it can do to a mix. To avoid a gain staging dilemma, apply subtractive equalization to your mix. Instead of boosting your favorite signals, try limiting yourself to cutting. We can call this concept “carving.” Read more.

10 Mixdown Tips For the Aspiring Audio Engineer

 Mixdown Console View in SONAR X2 ProducerBeginning a mix is something that many people have a hard time figuring out. There really is no single correct approach to the mixdown process – every audio engineer has his or her own way of handling an audio mix. If you have trouble getting your mix started, try developing a workflow for yourself, and you will soon have the ability to pull up stems from just about anywhere and begin blending your tracks with ease. Read more.