From mood-setting ambient tones to raucous synth-pop, analog synthesizers have made a mark on music in various genres – and they’re not just for keyboards! Read More.
In our August Disc Makers Twitter chat (#DMchat), Graham Cochrane, mixing engineer and founder of The Recording Revolution, gave us an overview of audio mixing fundamentals for musicians of all genres. Read More.
Other than cost, which is one obvious reason headphones are a worthwhile option, here are three advantages to mixing on headphones in your home studio. Read More.
MIDI, 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.
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.
There’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.
Recording 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.
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.
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.
The 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.
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.
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.
Equalization is one of the most powerful tools an audio engineer can get their hands on. Unfortunately, some beginners and home studio users habitually reach for it without understanding what it can do to a mix. To avoid a gain staging dilemma, apply subtractive equalization to your mix. Instead of boosting your favorite signals, try limiting yourself to cutting. We can call this concept “carving.” Read more.
Beginning a mix is something that many people have a hard time figuring out. There really is no single correct approach to the mixdown process – every audio engineer has his or her own way of handling an audio mix. If you have trouble getting your mix started, try developing a workflow for yourself, and you will soon have the ability to pull up stems from just about anywhere and begin blending your tracks with ease. Read more.
Microphone placement is the foundation for any pro studio or home recording. We present 10 different placement techniques for a simple acoustic guitar recording. Each technique yields a different result. Read more.