The results of a new study by the University of South California and the Australian National University has shown that the quality of the audio influences whether the listener will believe what they hear and more importantly whether they will trust the source of information.
If your experience with audio processors is mainly using plug-ins, it can be a challenge when you encounter an analog hardware device. There's no menu full of one-size-fits-all, celebrity engineer presets to get you started. The truth is if you want to grow as an engineer you're better off without presets. It forces you to jump into uncomfortable territory, do some research and use your ears to make decisions about what you like, or don't like, and if it works, or doesn't in any given situation. In this feature, we're going to explore hardware advantages and dig into the workings and setup of the revered 1176 compressor.
A question some of you may be thinking over the last few months is 'where did my favourite blog go to?' The simple answer is nowhere, it's still here, but there's been a lot of work going on behind the scenes to make the Expert sites even more useful.
When the team at UK console and preamp manufacturer Audient brought out their first audio interface the rather brilliant iD22 back in 2013. I could not wait to get my hands on one as they promised the same stunning quality mic pres as can be found in their consoles and rack mounted mic pre and A-D boxes. After all, why bother to make different circuits when the one you already have sounds fantastic. Fast forward to 2018 and finally I have my hands on the new Audient iD44, a USB-C interface, or is it in fact much more than that?
The team at Universal Audio a very pleased to announce the latest version of their software for the UAD-2 platforms and Apollo range of interfaces. Version 9.6 also brings 4 new plug-ins and plug-in updates to UAD-2 and Apollo in the form of the BX Masterdisk mastering plug-in, Century Tube Channel Strip, Putnam Mic Collection for Townsend Labs Sphere and Suhr PT100 Guitar Amp Plug-In and GUI updates to help the SSL 4000E plug-in operate better with Retina and HD displays.
We at Production Expert are very pleased to announce the winners of the first stage of our recent competition with Dynaudio and Audio Distribution Group, to win one of three sets of Dynaudio Pro LYD Studio monitors.
In this Free Expert Tutorial for Production Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey visits Dax Liniere at North London's Puzzle Factory Studio to talk about how you don't just have to use dynamics processors on channels. They can also be used on your effects returns to shape the tone or a delay or reverb. Dax has an example to hand to demonstrate the process.
Conventional wisdom would tell you that to make something cut through a mix you need to turn it up, not so.
The studio patch bay is where the signal flow is born, or dies - your patches have the power to make or break the session. But fear not! Understanding all those inputs and outputs and how they work together is a formidable undertaking but the tips in this free tutorial will help cut through the confusion and put you in good shape the next time you navigate difficult signal flows.
I often get to the point in a mix where having just eight faders & controls, on a small surface or touchscreen, starts to seriously impinge on my speed and efficiency. There are always compromises with small control surfaces. Has iCon managed to make these compromises in the right places?
As you may know, Steven and the team at Slate Digital have released their latest module for the Slate Virtual Mix Rack (VMR). The FG-A module is a 4 band EQ modelled after a very famous and popular 3 band American EQ, the API 550A. In this Mix Test, we take a look and listen to how you can use the FG-A along with other VMR modules and Slate Digital plug-ins to create a hard-hitting heavy rock mix.
If you want a quick round-up of some of the hottest new software releases for use in music and post-production then at Production Expert we've created this summary. We tell you what the brand says and what we think, we also include links to help you find out more. This week we take a look at Sound Credit Software, Plug-in, and Portal from Soundways, Pro Tools 2018.7 from Avid, Audionamix IDC and the Genelec 8331 SAM & 8341 SAM "The Ones" Studio Monitors with GLM™ 3 Correction software.
Sound Credit, created by Soundways in Memphis, TN provides an affordable digital home for project credits, album art, and liner notes. Capture your credits via free-standing or DAW plug-in software where credits are created then stored in the DDEX RIN standard open format. Once you've logged your credits, then upload them to the Sound Credit Portal where you can freely edit and distribute them worldwide.
To help celebrate their shiny new website and the release of six new music production and post-production bundles, we ran a prize draw competition with the support of our friends at NUGEN Audio offering the chance win either a NUGEN Producer Bundle worth $499 or a NUGEN Post Bundle worth $899. We can announce that the 2 winners are Matt Roser and Lucien Palmer.
If you are serious about working faster and delivering better work to your clients to the deadline then read this.
Here is a selection of some amazing deals that our partners are currently offering this week. Don't miss out, some of these deals are not going to be around for much longer...
We spotted this recently and thought it would be helpful to share with the community. These have been designed by UK based Canford Audio for applications where noise levels and visual appearance are important. For example when you need a quiet space but you have to have the computer and other peripherals like interfaces and hard drives in the same space.
This roundup features a range of articles to help you understand room acoustics and how acoustic treatment can be used to improve the response and overall sound quality of recording studio spaces. We have also included some monitoring and speaker calibration articles as these topics go hand in hand with acoustic treatment solutions.
When recording vocals and acoustic instruments together in the same room, leakage can be your worst enemy. But by choosing the proper microphone and pattern, then placing them with care you can end up with usable tracks that don't fight each other.