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Recording & Mastering

How to choose a recording studio

by Hybrid Studios July 10, 2015

How to choose a recording studioYou’ve got the songs. You’ve logged the miles, played the gigs, and built your following. Now it’s time to record. But how do you choose the right recording studio? Good question! You want to choose wisely as this is for posterity, after all, and choosing the right recording studio is both a right- and left-brain activity. Read more.

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Use hammer-ons and pull-offs to energize your chords

by Kathy Dickson July 1, 2015

hammer-ons and pull-offsPart of developing as a guitarist is learning how to dress up chord progressions so they don’t sound stale and boring. One way to make your chord playing more dynamic is to incorporate hammer-ons and pull-offs. Hammer-ons and pull-offs use the fretting hand instead of the picking hand to articulate notes. Read more.

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Fixing your audio mix: how to tweak that problem bass note

by Ken Theriot June 11, 2015

problem bass note in audio mixYou’ve finished the audio mix for your latest song. Your audio mix sounds pretty good in your home studio, but when you play the song on your iPod or in the car, you notice one or two bass notes always sound super loud, even though you’ve applied compression on the bass track to try and prevent this very problem. Read more.

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100 greatest songs and the 58 music instruments that made them [Infographic]

by Andre Calilhanna June 3, 2015

58 music instruments in 100 greatest songsFor anyone who loves music, digging into the instrumentation and arrangement of any of your favorite songs is part of the wonder of music production. Berklee Online did an analysis of the instruments used on the top 100 songs from Rolling Stone‘s list and put them in this infographic. Read more.

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Butch Vig on record production

by Izotope May 20, 2015

Butch Vig on record productionButch Vig is synonymous with the sound and legacy of alternative rock. His work with Nirvana, Sonic Youth, and Smashing Pumpkins rewrote the rulebook for guitar-centric rock production. Vig sat down with iZotope to talk about his creative process, production philosophy, and his affection for iZotope’s Trash plug-in. Read more.

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EDM: the fashionable end of the music spectrum

by Michael Gallant April 7, 2015

EDM fashionistasStudying the differences will help you know where to draw influences from and what your audience is looking for. Drum and Bass sounds completely different from Electro which is completely different than House and Dubstep and Techno. Each genre has a completely different feel and production aesthetic. Read more.

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Twelve EDM production tips for producing massive and original dance music

by Michael Gallant April 1, 2015

Dance partyAnyone can open GarageBand, drag a few drum and synth loops in, and create some something that resembles electronic dance music. But according to producer Francis Preve, there’s a world of difference between electronic music that is“constructed” and that which is created with expertise and inspiration. Read more.

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MIDI FAQ for beginners

by Dan Gonzalez March 11, 2015

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.

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Pros and cons of the Figure 8 mic pickup pattern

by Ken Theriot March 9, 2015

Figure 8 SettingMicrophones that pick up sound from the front and back are called bi-directional, or “Figure 8″ mics. So why would anyone want to use a figure 8 mic? Oh, there are several cool things you can do with these, including: 1) Recording two voices at the same time, 2) Recording a singing guitarist/instrumentalist, 3) Recording in stereo. Read more.

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Audio mastering for vinyl

by Disc Makers February 23, 2015

audio mastering for vinyl If the music program is sibilant overall, the audio can be cut at a lower amplitude, which can help with the distortion caused by the high frequency information. The result, though, is a vinyl record that’s at a lower level, and the surface noise will be more prominent – not to mention, it’s not going to be comparable to other vinyl albums. Read more.

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How vinyl records work

by Disc Makers February 3, 2015

Vinyl-1200x628_fbVinyl records are back – of course, they never really went away, but how exactly do they work? We take a look at the history of vinyl and explain the science behind the sound of vinyl records. From mastering to manufacturing, we’ve gather insights on exactly how vinyl records work. Read more.

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Get exclusive deals and discounts from Backstage

by Disc Makers January 28, 2015

Backstage music gear dealsBackstage is a new program from Disc Makers that offers exclusive deals on music gear and provides member-only access to discounts on services such as gig booking and post-production mastering, plus plenty of other special offers created for the independent musician. Read more.

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How to find and manage session players for your studio recording

by Michael Gallant January 14, 2015

Hiring session players for your studio recordingRecording your own music can be an amazing and challenging experience. Case in point, your band’s newest tune is begging for a raucous fiddle solo or a cool cello line, and none of you have worked with either sort of instrumentalist before. How do you find the right player? Read more.

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The recording equipment you really need for your home studio setup

by Graham Cochrane December 19, 2014

home studio setupSo you want a killer home recording studio that can deliver great sounding tracks and not break the bank? Graham Cochrane lets you know exactly how to do that in this rundown of the five essential pieces of recording equipment you need in your home studio setup. Read more.

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A quick buyer’s guide for your home studio microphone

by Greg Savage December 11, 2014

Two favorite home studio microphonesMicrophones are among the most important things in a studio’s arsenal – but don’t get caught up in the “more money equals better quality” syndrome when purchasing a home studio microphone. Like a camera lens, there are microphones that are good for wide angles, others for narrow focus, and there are those that have a vintage feel to them. No mic/pattern combination works for everything. Read more.

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