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Avoid These Six Mistakes When Recording Your Next Album

Not getting press? Shocker – maybe it’s because your band’s last album sounds like absolute ass. Sorry to be so blunt, but just because you CAN record on your laptop doesn’t mean you’re qualified to do so. After listening to literally thousands of first-time LPs and EPs from various bands throughout the years, I want […]Read More »

How to Fix Common Mistakes in the Studio (part 2 of 2)

“Don’t worry, we’ll fix it in the mix.” We know it’s a cliché but often it’s true. The power of recording in a controlled environment with the right tools and the right engineer is that many common flubs or mistakes can be fixed. So let’s take a look at what can be corrected and what […]Read More »

How to Fix Common Mistakes in the Recording Studio

“Don’t worry, we’ll fix it in the mix.” We know it’s a cliché but often it’s true. The power of recording in a controlled environment with the right tools and the right engineer is that many common flubs or mistakes can be fixed. So let’s take a look at what can be corrected and what […]Read More »

The Key to Recording Killer Drums & Percussion (part 2)

Capturing drums can be one of the most challenging aspects of the recording process. For one thing, there are so many pieces in the average kit that need to be mic’d.  And they take up so much room.  And they are so loud.  And they have to be performed perfectly. And they are hard to […]Read More »

PreSonus ADL 700 All-Tube Mic Channel Strip/Preamp Review

Digital recording gives plenty of clarity, but warmth has always been the secret ingredient that’s most elusive. PreSonus brings that audio glow to the modern age with their ADL 700, an all-tube channel strip/mic preamp. It’s a standard two-space rack unit, with tons of knobs, controlling a compressor, a high pass filter and a 4-band […]Read More »

Performer's Guide to Home Studio Headphones

What does one look for in a good set of studio headphones?  Is it more important to have a flat frequency response or do you want more highs or lows?  Open back or closed back?  These are just a few of the questions that have been argued amongst musicians, engineers and producers for ages.  As […]Read More »

Mackie DL1608 16-Channel Live Wireless Mixer

PROS: Effortless wireless mixing, iPad integration, Onyx preamps, price. CONS: None whatsoever. PRICE: $999 Okay, let’s start with the negatives…there are none. So let’s get to all the good stuff, shall we? Mackie’s new DL1608 live mixer is the killer app for the touring band that wants great sound, and the ability to control and […]Read More »

Recording & Mixing Guitars in the Studio

Part 1 of 2 What’s the best way to record and mix electric and acoustic guitars?  We have found that there is no “one way” to do anything in the studio, but here are some tried and true methods that are usually good places to start.  One thing we have learned over the years is […]Read More »

Manufacturer Profile: iZotope

Making Home Studios Sound Like The Hit Factory Many DIY musicians find themselves at a loss when it comes to that perfect sheen heard on major label recordings. The secret? iZotope. No other company has pushed the boundaries of digital audio processing or made professional recording so accessible. Their programs are used by artists, broadcasters, […]Read More »

Bob Ludwig's Tips for Home Recorders

Bob Ludwig, while technically needing no introduction, will still get one here. Why? Because the man deserves it for all the amazing work he’s done in the field of mastering. As one of the top mastering engineers in the world, his skills have been in demand for decades, starting with his work at Sterling Sound, […]Read More »

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