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Recording & Mastering

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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My six favorite home studio accessories (this year)

by Craig Anderton December 5, 2014

Pauly Pop FilterThere’s always something your studio could use to improve work flow and functionality. Gibson’s Craig Anderton fell in love with these six home studio accessories this year. These goodies have stood out over the past year as essential for his studio, and they can contribute to any studio makeover or holiday wish list. Read more.

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Mixing Drums: How to mix drums and percussion in your home studio

by Sean McLaughlin November 25, 2014

mixing drums in the studio Mixing drums can be challenging at times, so we’ve put together some tips and tricks to get a clearer, more polished mix in your home studio. Find out the best ways to compress a kick drum, EQ your snares, treat your percussion, and more. Read more.

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Getting the best from your live music recording

by Michael Gallant November 18, 2014

live recording-ThumbWhile a live album can be a great opportunity to show your fan base a fresh and exciting side of your music, it can also be a risky endeavor. When you only have one chance to get things right, how do you translate the power and beauty of your live show into ones and zeros — in a way that will delight fans and not blow up in your face? Read more.

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Five tips for recording vocals at home

by Dan Gonzalez November 14, 2014

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.

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From mastering audio to manufacturing: the steps in CD production

by Disc Makers November 7, 2014

Audio Mastering GuideThe process of transforming your musical ideas into a finished product you can share and sell begins with your audio recording sessions and continues through to the delivery of your packaged CDs or vinyl records. The choices you make at each step affect the quality of your final product, so familiarizing yourself with this process at the earliest stages will help you produce the best possible results. Read more.

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A study in record production: Miranda Lambert and Beck

by Keith Hatschek and Jeff Crawford October 22, 2014

Morning Phase record production 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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Format options for your audio master

by Disc Makers September 30, 2014

audio master formatsWhen deciding how to prepare and submit your audio master for CD manufacturing, there are several format options to choose from. A complete body of work on a CD-R, individual audio files such as WAV or AIFF (with any variety of bit-depths and sample rates), and DDP 2.0 file sets are the most popular formats. An analog reel to reel master or DAT (digital audio tape) also provides high quality, though used less frequently with the advent of newer digital options. Read more.

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