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Cut The Crap: What is a Filter & Why is it Your Most Important Mix Tool?

Cut The Crap: What is a Filter & Why is it Your Most Important Mix Tool? Welcome to the wonderful world of music mixing!  Your assignment today is to make everything sound great: huge drums, pounding bass, roaring guitars, thunderous synths, and captivating vocals.  Sound easy?  It’s not.  You’ll know it’s not that easy when […]Read More »

How To Use Tape as an Effect During The Mixing Process

DIGITAL, YOUR GRANDPA & TAPE’S CHARM Tape machines are like your grandfather.  They’re old, and cranky, and require patience and tender loving care.  But just like Grandpa, if you take the time you can coax wonderful things from tape.  If you’re an indie rocker, tape gets you closer to that vintage vibe than all the […]Read More »

Learn Why Drums Sound So Much Better Recorded to Tape

Yum! Drums On Tape Taste So Much Better And Why Committing To Choices Yields Better Recordings  Recording to analog tape is in my top drawer of favorite subjects.  Combine my love of drums as both a player and an engineer; compounded with recording and mixing in the analog domain…well, I might burst!  Or possibly bust […]Read More »

Learn The Key Differences Between Analog Tape Speeds

What Speed Do I Need? Examining The Differences Between Recording Tape Speeds ALL ROADS LEAD TO VINYL So I’m told there has been a renewed interest in vinyl records and analog recording lately. It seems that some auspicious music publications are even dedicating entire issues to the subject!  According to Forbes (or was it the […]Read More »

How to Maximize Analog Tape’s Limitations & Embrace Music’s Humanity

How to Maximize Tape’s Limitations & Embrace Music’s Humanity And Why Over-Editing in the Digital Realm Dehumanizes Art When most people think about analog tape, they often romanticize about its rich tonal properties. For me, it’s all about embracing the humanness of music. The primary reason I record to tape is that it disarms you of the tools required […]Read More »

The Producer’s Perspective: Why I Prefer Recording to Analog Tape

The Producer’s Perspective: Why I Prefer Recording to Analog Tape SOUND MATTERS As a producer and engineer, I prefer working on 2” tape for several reasons.  The first, and most important reason is that the sonic quality is more to my liking.  I prefer the more realistic high end, the full dynamics and frequency range. […]Read More »

How To Seamlessly Incorporate Synths & MIDI in Your Next Project

How To Seamlessly Incorporate Synths & MIDI in Your Next Project When some musicians hear the words “synthesizers” and “MIDI,” images of dayglow t-shirts and frizzed out ’80s hairdos flash before their eyes. Most artist who do not regularly use these tools in their music have this antiquated idea of what synthesizers and MIDI are capable […]Read More »

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 »

Performer’s Ultimate Guide to Microphone Selection Part 2

With so many models to choose from, what should you look for in picking your next microphone?  We like to think of picking a microphone like picking a car.  First jot down what features are you looking for – do you need 4-wheel drive?  Do you need good gas mileage? Or in our case, what […]Read More »

WATCH: Basic Drum Miking (The Full Kit) From Audio-Technica

Our friends at Audio-Technica are releasing a series of videos on basic recording techniques. Today we share tips for miking a full drum kit; let us know if you find these recording “how to” videos helpful by sounding off in the comments below. Enjoy, and be sure to follow Audio-Technica on YouTube for more videos, and head […]Read More »

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