We asked our Facebook community “What are the most common mistakes beginners make when recording using a microphone?” We had over 150 responses and one of the stand-out comments was about which way round the microphone should be pointed, or the technical term, how to ‘address the microphone’. Take our just for fun quiz showing some well know and not so well known mics and tell us whether they are end-firing or side address?
In this article we have brought together all of our vocal tuning tutorials and reviews of the top pitch correction plug-ins you can buy today from the likes of Antares, Celemony, Synchro Arts and Waves.
When you think of a limiter do you think of a brickwall plug-in or an analogue device? Both qualify but has our working definition of limiting changed with the technology? Mike and Julian fail to agree…
In this free video tutorial Eli groups the backup vocals to a stereo bus, but also sets up a parallel mono bus for them. Using a slow compressor on the stereo bus to get an excellent thick, lush sustain to them. On the mono bus a faster compressor is used to bring out the attack of the consonants at the beginning of each word.
It can be a struggle finding the best deals and offers on pro audio gear and plug-ins. That’s why we do the hard work for you. Each week we search the web for the best pro audio deals that not only save you money if you’re in the market for something new but also time! Check out these amazing deals our partners are offering this week. There are some great products on offer here, don’t hang around though as many of these promotions end soon!
This article could easily have been titled “the great studio spring clean of 2019” as one of the major issues I had to deal with was a mass of extra cables in my rig. You know the sort of thing that was not really installed properly to “fix” an issue or run in a piece of gear for a demo or review session. But the main reason for this studio overhaul was to install not only a new piece of kit, but also a new and exciting way of working. Introducing the Patch, digitally controlled analogue patch back by Flock Audio.
There is a place for clever but sometimes it takes someone with the experience of Al Schmitt to remind us that taking the approach of turning the knob until it sounds better really can’t be argued with. Watch this free extract from the 2-Bus Processing with Al Schmitt (ft. Cyrille Aimée) video tutorial to see how simple it can be.
Synchro Arts is proud to present an update to their flagship product, Revoice Pro. This v.4.1 update, free to all Revoice Pro 4 users, includes many workflow enhancements. Process groups improved Warp workflow, and tighter ARA2 integration with compatible DAWs are just part of what this update brings.
Yesterday it came to light that that four new exploits named ZombieLoad make almost every chip Intel has made since 2011 vulnerable to attacks. ZombieLoad has some similarities to the Meltdown and Spectre bugs which surfaced last year. In this article we have more details on this fast moving story and information on the latest patches and updates available.
The WorldWide Developer Conference is held every year by Apple in early June and Apple tends to use the conference keynote to make key announcements mainly about software. That said, they have also been known to make announcements about hardware too, including both previous Mac Pro computers and there is a growing expectation that Apple may announce the new long-awaited ‘modular’ Mac Pro at this year’s WWDC. In this article we take a look at what Apple is expected to and rumoured to announce at this year’s developer conference.
Apogee’s FX plugins are a small but growing range of plug-ins offering dynamics and EQ in both modern and vintage forms and until now have been available as FX Rack plugins running as DSP accelerated plugins in Apogee interfaces like the highly rated Ensemble. Apogee have announced native versions of these plug-ins in AAX, VST and AU formats for macOS only. This combination of DSP and native versions of these plug-ins means that Apogee dual path monitoring is now a reality.
This article includes all the research Production Expert team member Dan Cooper put into his studio build along with a full walkthrough video showing you how he designed and built his soundproof studio step-by-step from start to finish.
Revoice Pro is known for, among other things, its unique ability to automatically transfer pitch and timing characteristics from one audio file to another. It’s easy to overlook how great a tool it also is for basic vocal tuning. It’s not only accurate and pristine sounding, but it’s also intuitive and straightforward to use. You can fly through a file in no time. And now, with the release of Revoice Pro v. 4.1, it's easier to use than ever.
Our friends at Waves just released a new plug-in called Submarine that Waves claims will enable you to easily add bigger, deeper sub bass to your tracks than ever before with unprecedented clarity and low-end accuracy.
In an industry where many of us revere old equipment, there are cases where newer definitely is better. Find out how the AX32 from DAD makes it easy to cover a large venue’s requirements at the highest quality.
In recent months I have been researching better ways to give my artists the best, most flexible monitoring system I can and in this article, I am going to share what I have come up with something that will work equally well both in the studio and out on location.
Apple have identified an issue with the batteries in Non Touch Bar Macbook Pros manufactured between October 2016 and October 2017. It’s not a safety issue but can cause the battery to swell and is still significant enough for Apple to offer free replacement if your Macbook Pro was made between these dates. Find out if your Macbook Pro qualifies.
A community member contacted us to ask for our help and advice as they transition from a job in audio post-production to working as a freelancer with a studio at home. In this article, we will look at the background and show how more and more people are making the jump to working from home. Business structure, insurance, how to find clients, how to set your prices, contracts, terms and conditions, invoicing, getting paid, security for premises, equipment and data, protecting your health & wellbeing, the challenges of working alone and finally some guidance on equipment choices.