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Recording & Mastering

Choosing the right audio interface for your home studio

by Dan Gonzalez August 15, 2014

audio interface input connections If you’re preparing to set up a home recording studio, this article can help you better understand some of the basic elements regarding the audio interface with your computer or DAW. These concepts can get very complex, but this post will focus on some of the more basic points about the subject. Here are nine questions you should ask when comparing audio interface options. Read more.

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Audio repair and restoration: tools of the trade

by Izotope July 30, 2014

Audio repair and restoration with RX 3 When you hear the words “repair” and “restoration,” you might be inclined to think of dusty vaults filled with aging master tapes and records. Some audio repair and restoration projects involve taking old recordings and reviving them, and the same methods and tools used for those projects can be used for a wide range of scenarios. Every time you record audio, there’s always the chance of encountering unexpected and unwelcome audio “guests.” Read more.

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Prepare yourself and your music for music licensing

by Greg Savage July 23, 2014

prepare for music licensing Music licensing is a very lucrative business with no shortage of placement opportunities. As an independent music creator, you have the ability capitalize, but you have to be organized, flexible, patient, and willing to cater to the market’s needs. This is a different ball game when compared to creating music for an artist. Here’s some tips to help you better prepare yourself for licensing. Read more.

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Guitar intonation: how to keep your guitar in tune

by Keith Hatschek July 10, 2014

adjusting guitar intonationGuitars use what is known as an equally tempered scale. The guitar’s tempered scale is a compromise and doesn’t result in 100% precise tuning or intervals between notes. Since guitars have this inherent weakness when it comes to being in tune, it’s important to develop a basic understanding of guitar intonation and adjustments to get the best performance out of your instrument. Read More

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Virtual synths and the art of imperfection

by Craig Anderton July 8, 2014

QuadCurve EQSynthesizers are musical instruments. You wouldn’t mic a drum set by taking the first mic you found and pointing it the general direction of the drummer. A little extra effort spent on avoiding unnatural sounds when mixing synths with acoustic instruments, improving expressiveness, and tightening timing inconsistencies can help you get the most out of your virtual synths. Read More.

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ISRC, Gracenote, and CD-Text explained (and provided) here!

by Disc Makers July 3, 2014

ISRC codes explainedYou’ve heard the term “ISRC” thrown around, but what is it, and why do you need it? An ISRC (International Standard Recording Code) is a 12-digit alphanumeric code that serves as a unique and permanent identifier for any sound recording or music video. So where a UPC is tied to the “carrier” of the track – e.g. the CD or LP – an ISRC identifies individual tracks. Read More.

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(Irreverent) Recording tips from Mitch Easter

by Keith Hatschek June 19, 2014

Mitch Easter Recording TipsI have sort of an irreverent attitude, so I’ve been inclined to do things that were supposed to be wrong. I always like using cheap or ancient, wheezing gear along with the usual pro gear, because I really think the “action” sound comes from musically effective distortion. Sometimes this oddball gear makes a bold sonic statement you just can’t get any other way. I like tape delays, for instance a [Roland] Space Echo, especially if the tape has a little crease in it. Read More.

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Home recording tips – 9 mic placements for recording a snare drum

by Dan Gonzalez June 6, 2014

recording a snare drum with a close micThe recording of a snare drum is the focal point of every modern recording. It sits right in the center of the mix, below or above the vocals, depending on the style of the music. In this article, I’ve outlined some mic placement techniques that will help focus in on capturing specific sounds when recording a snare drum. Read More.

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So this guitarist walks into a recording studio…

by Dan Gonzalez May 13, 2014

tips for recording guitar Our friends at Cakewalk provide 15 practical tips for recording guitar in any studio environment to help make the experience as smooth and trouble-free as possible. Read More.

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Panning adds width to your audio mix

by Sean McLaughlin May 7, 2014

Audio mix tips from iZotope Panning, in large part, determines how wide our mix ends up sounding to the listener. It can be used to create space in an audio mix, enhance existing space, and create a more immersive musical experience for the listener. Read more.

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The four essential elements of EQ and your audio mix

by Sean McLaughlin April 4, 2014

Frequency Ranges and your audio mix Mixing music is the craft of taking multiple audio tracks and combining them together onto a final master track. The way we combine tracks is equal parts art and science, and if you think of your audio mix as a three-dimensional sonic image, its four basic elements are level (height), EQ (height), panning (width), and time-based effects (depth). Read more.

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Pre-production tips for recording drums

by Dan Gonzalez March 18, 2014

pre-production and 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.

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Writing, recording, and performing children’s music

by Michael Gallant February 18, 2014

Gasoi on writing children's musicWhen you’re set to start writing children’s music of your own, Gasoi recommends a little introspection. “Find that place within yourself that reminds you of your own childhood, that place of innocence, fun, and abandonment. Tap into happy memories from your own childhood, things that bring out that fun and exuberance. Regardless of the style of song, bring a joyful spirit to what you do.” Read more.

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Producing great hip hop vocals

by Michael Gallant January 22, 2014

Ken Lewis talks hip hop vocalsOne of the biggest mistakes I see in the studio is checking the mic with the artist behind it. It takes them out of the zone. I’ve seen engineers do it dozens of times and I see the look on the artist’s face when it’s happening. When the artist sets up behind the mic, he or she either has the mindset of being ready to give a great performance – or is scared to death and doesn’t need anything else throwing him or her off. Read more.

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Isolation headphones and your home recording

by Keith Hatschek and Jeff Crawford December 11, 2013

EX-25 isolation headphonesWhether 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

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