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How to Break the Rules of Mic Placement for Better Recordings

Where Did You Stick That Mic? Or, Breaking The Rules To Facilitate Better Recordings Before we get into the meat of this month’s article, I’d like to start responding to readers’ questions.  Please email me your questions or topics to be discussed.  Recording, editing, mixing, production, management and even music publishing are all fair game.  […]Read More »

10 Tips for Recording Great Vocals In Your Home Studio

Invest in a decent mic Each voice has its own tonality and texture and no one microphone is a perfect solution for all voices. Big studios will often line up a bunch of pricey mics at the start of a vocal session to see which one works best for that particular vocalist.  That being said, […]Read More »

Ignore The Big Knobs: All You Need to Know About Compressors

Here’s the thing about compressors: they’re not used for what you think they’re for! And, how you think about using them fully determines the results you’ll get from them. Most people are taught, or assume, that compressors are for controlling the level of a sound. In fact, that is why they were invented, as “auto-leveling […]Read More »

Top 5 Pro Tools Tips For Home Studios 

1) Manage your working space with Memory Locations You probably already use Memory Locations as markers, but did you know you can also use them to create custom views in your session? Memory Locations can remember which tracks are shown, track heights, zoom settings, and also the layout of Pro Tools’ windows. For example, you […]Read More »

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 »

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