When mixing bass guitar, don’t get discouraged if it takes a while to get the track just where you want it – bass can be the most difficult instrument to manage in a mix. Here are some tips to get started. Read More.
Mixing vocals in your home studio can be one of the more exciting stages in the recording process, and it can also be a complex challenge. Work to construct the instruments around the vocal so that everything gets to shine. Read More.
These nine tips will help you understand how panning can help add width, space, and depth – and generally help you make better audio mixes in your home studio. Read More.
If you focus too much of your work on a single instrument in a complex arrangement, you likely will miss the fact that even if you have improved the sound of that one instrument, everything else may have been impacted negatively. Get the mix you want, mix down to a stereo file, and then perform mastering as a separate last step. Read more.
Butch 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.
Backstage 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Audio mastering’s primary goal is fairly simple: to prepare a recording for distribution, ensuring it sounds better when it goes out than it did when it came in. It all begins with the mix – you’ve just finished mixing what you think is a good recording. The playing is good, the recording is clean, the mix is decent, yet when you hear it next to a track from your favorite artist, your recording is missing that “X factor.” Read more.
What is dithering?
In your English class, to "dither" means to act nervously or indecisively. When we’re talking about digital audio and home studio recording, dithering is the process of adding noise to the audio signal. Adding noise, you say? Why would you want add noise? Basically, it’s a trade — low-level hiss in exchange for a reduction in distortion when you convert 24 bit to 16 bit audio to transfer to a CD. Read more.