record production

A study in record production: Miranda Lambert and Beck

As you prepare to self produce your next recording project, take time to study record production that inspires you. The role of a record producer is critical to any successful recording project, it’s the creative guidance and vision of what the finished recording will sound like that makes a producer most valuable. We take a look at tracks by Miranda Lambert and Beck. Read more.

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Isolation headphones and your home recording

Whether as a front-of-house live performance mixer, a remote broadcast/recording engineer working in a church or club, a recording engineer working on a studio session, or simply recording instruments in your modest one-room home recording studio, being isolated from your audio sound source is essential to producing a quality finished product. In order to make the best decisions about levels, EQs, dynamics, or effects, it’s necessary to hear the uncolored sound on its own. Read more.

Breaking Down The Pop Ballad

Pop ballad trio The ballad has a distinguished legacy in popular music and has been the breakthrough hit for countless popular music artists. By deconstructing “Yesterday” (The Beatles), “Waiting For A Girl Like You” (Foreigner), and “Adorn” (Miguel), we’ll discover four essential production elements that help communicate each song’s emotional message to listeners with various musical tastes and inclinations. Read more.

Signal Processing For The Home Studio Owner: Part 1, Compressors, Limiters, and EQ

In addition to your microphones, DAW/console, and room, an essential part of any home studio set-up is your signal processing gear. These tools are necessary to create a professional-sounding final product. But for the new engineer, these effects can be fairly mysterious, and a tendency to overuse plug-ins and outboard gear is commonplace, especially for someone just learning the nuances of the art of recording. Read more.

Recording Studio Microphones: Good, Better, and Wow!

Before you go microphone shopping for your home recording set up, your first consideration – besides budget – should be, “What will you be recording?” Whatever your intentions, assembling an arsenal of quality mics can be one element of your studio that defines your work. While assembling the world’s greatest mic collection is not something that’s done overnight – even if you DID just hit the lottery – here are some recommendations for where to begin. We’ve gone to three industry veterans and asked them for their picks for mics they couldn’t do without in a variety of price ranges: $0-500, $500-$1,000, and “lottery day.” Here’s what they came up with. Read more.