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.
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.
In this article, I'm going to give you my top 5 large diaphragm condenser microphones you can buy new, today for Less than £250. All prices listed are currently available to UK buyers in July 2018 from the same online retailer. Some of the mics listed are considerably cheaper than £250 and some just a tiny bit over, but not by enough to knock them out of our list. Over the years we at Production Expert have either reviewed or used all of these mics in some way, shape or form which has helped inform our choice for this list.
We often talk about transducers being the part of the audio chain to spend the majority of our hard earned cash on. Normally this means our microphones and our speakers, but for many of us our headphones are just as, if not more important, than out speakers. We can spend many hours with them either on our heads or around our necks waiting to spring into action. In this article I'm going to look at some of the new and older headphones I have been using and let you know so of the features to look for when you are next shopping for studio headphones.
Are you making silly mistakes on projects and thinking you are losing your skill or your mind? It’s likely you suffer from what we call Mix Deafness, here’s what it is and how to fix it.
Not got a lot of time but want to learn something new? Then In this article, we have 7 more great 2 minute tips from iZotope including Adding Impact by Removing Mix Elements; Pan Background Vocals with Visual Mixer; Make Beats Sound Lo-Fi; Use a High Pass Filter to Shape Low End; Add Transient Power to Snares; Enhance Bass Guitar and Cut Through the Mix with Distortion. At 2 minutes each these are just the ticket for a busy engineer.
This short yet very informative video by Acoustic Geometry features some very smart visual demonstrations showing how sound passes through structures. The video also explains three different types of soundproofing that can be installed to keep sound in and out of a room
Mastering is the final stage of music production. These days the process of mastering is as much about delivering final mixes to streaming services, ensuring specific loudness specifications are met, as it is about the art of shaping the tonal and dynamic picture of music in ways that solidify and compound all the creative ideas that came before the master.
In this free video you will learn a way of cherry-picking your favourite elements from different guitar amp simulation plug-ins and combine them to create new and interesting guitar tones.
This video is 3 and a half minutes long, it’s well worth a watch no matter your skill level. This free video visually shows you how sound works in a room by showing us the differences between direct sound (sound that arrives at a listener’s ear first) and reflected sound (sound that arrives later reflected off room surfaces such as walls).
Ever summed your mix to mono, only to find that elements become thin and lifeless, or disappear altogether? Chances are you have some degree of phase cancellation. Maybe you tried the examples in our article If You Don't Want Your Mixes To Sound Bad On The Latest Audio Equipment then what do you do? In this article, Mike Levine from Waves helps you to find out how to spot these problems and helps you get your mixes sounding great in both mono and stereo.
Not got a lot of time but want to learn something new? Then In this article, we have six great 2 minute tips from iZotope from the reverse reverb trick, achieving a great kick drum sound, adding clarity to vocals, how not to overdo the vocal reverb, finding the key frequencies before using EQ and warming up your vocals. At 2 minutes each these are just the ticket for a busy engineer.
This article is aimed at those new to mixing, I want to inspire you to develop a mixing process, one that you call your own which will enable you to produce consistently brilliant sounding music every time you mix a new song in your studio.
In this free video tutorial, from the Slate Digital Vblog page, Steven Slate takes us through his ideas for when to add and when to subtract with equalisation. He lets us hear some real-world audio examples of what he calls: Cut = There's Too Much.. and Boost = It Needs More...
In this article we cover a handful of reasons why your mixes may be sounding muddy along with some useful tips to help you treat the dreaded mud… Remember...Mud Don’t Pay The Mortgage.
Bad habits creep up on us, often when we aren't looking and if we are not careful they get into our workflows and make less effective at best and unable to work at all at worse. In this 2 part series, we take a look at ten bad habits we can have in music and post-production and recommend techniques and strategies to counter each of these bad habits. Here are the second five…
How do you get your mix to translate onto a speaker as thin as a grain of rice? Learn how to make sure that when your mix is heard on a phone, earbuds or laptop speakers that all the instruments and important parts are there. Michael White from Waves explains...
Bad habits creep up on us, often when we aren't looking and if we are not careful they get into our workflows and make less effective at best and unable to work at all at worse. In this 2 part series, we take a look at ten bad habits we can have in music and post-production and recommend techniques and strategies to counter each of these bad habits. Here are the first five...
If someone asked me where I live, some days I'd be tempted to say "in front of my Mac". I spend a lot of time with my Mac and there are so many little things I've picked up about using OS X (I still can't get used to calling it "macOS") as my working environment. Here are 12 macOS related tips which might make your day better!