We take a look at the University of the Pacific’s efforts to find a signature vocal mic for the campus recording studio. What they learned might help you choose your next great studio mic. Read More.
When it comes to recording and mixing your music, most of us agonize over which software plug-ins to buy or what microphones and preamps we can afford. It’s also crucial to assess the acoustic properties of the room in which you will make your most critical audio production decisions during mixdown. Read more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How can you best use your typical signal processing plug-ins to enhance and optimize your recording? Understanding how the dynamic control processors like compressors, limiters, EQs, and gates function, and knowing how to use multi-effects such as delays and reverbs to perfection will make you a better producer and engineer. Read more.
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.