I’m a big fan of the Sonnox Dynamic EQ. it’s flexible, sounds great and the user interface just lets you get on with the job. Part of the reason why I like it so much is because dynamic EQ makes much more sense to me than multiband compression, which is limited and in most cases is difficult to use. Here are three things about the Sonnox Dynamic Eq which I think make it one of the best out there.
In this video, sponsored by SynchroArts, I’ll show you one of the ways I like to work in Warp Mode to correct not only sibilance but other problems with unpitched audio like breaths and harsh consonants. You can fly through a track in minutes cleaning up and polishing a vocal. removing, or better yet, attenuating, all sorts of unintended audio artifacts.
In this free extract from the fascinating Lifeboats series from PureMix in which 6 different engineers mix the same song, giving an unprecedented look into the difference in approaches, Grammy award winning mixer Andrew Scheps uses iZotope’s Trash distortion plug-in to set up a subtle but powerful parallel treatment for the drums in “Lifeboats”.
How would you approach the recording of these drums? You’ve got 18 mics to choose from and 16 available inputs on the audio interface. The best ideas you share in the comments will be tested and included in a future Production Expert video. Let’s hear your amazing drum recording techniques!
We all learn something from seeing experienced mixers work. The approaches of different mixers varies but it is difficult to pin down exactly how much the differences in the results is down to the techniques used compared to the differences between the music being mixed.
That is the idea behind the Lifeboats Series. One track mixed by six different people. That way the differences between the results are purely differences in the mixing, Its the same track!
Mono instrument tracks are easy to deal with but they can sound a little “lifeless” in a mix. Now we all know that there are plug-ins and hardware units that can create a massive stereo image from our mono signal, but this is often at the cost of mono compatibility. I was recently switched on to a technique using Inductor based EQ that can create an interesting stereo image with no fancy plugins or M/S trickery. Let me show you how it works.
It is fairly well known that Apple would always rather you buy a computer from them as a completed system. However, this is not always the most cost effective approach for us the computer buying public. Thanks, in part of Apple making the RAM of the new Mac Mini a user serviceable upgrade you can now take advantage of after market RAM and give your machine top spec without the top spec price tag. The team at OWC show you how to upgrade the RAM in your 2018 Mac Mini.
In this premium video tutorial, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers considers five different mechanisms employed by hardware compressors to achieve the results they do. Each method belongs to a different period of the history of the developments of audio technology and each sounds different. Hear the differences in sound in in how they work.
Using drum samples to augment your acoustic drum recordings is nothing new but sometime you just want to add some much need raw power to your mix and this is where the use of whats called one-shot samples can really help by creating a punch and consistency to the track that was perhaps missing from the original.
With the growth of music streaming services and how they deliver music to the consumer is changing the way we need to mix and master content, especially for music streaming services. In this article and free video Tutorial in conjunction with Nugen Audio, our own loudness guru Mike Thornton demonstrates the importance of True Peak metering and limiting and how they can help prevent the consumer getting distorted tracks.
We came across Sound Particles when Mike was at AES 2018 in New York in October this year. More recently we came across an excellent video from René Coronado from the Tonebenders podcast. He starts with an overview of the Sound Particles software and then works his way through 5 increasingly sophisticated examples of how you could use Sound Particles.
With the growth of music streaming services and how they deliver music to the consumer is changing the way we need to mix and master content, especially for music streaming services. In this article and free video Tutorial in conjunction with Nugen Audio, our own loudness guru Mike Thornton shows how the loudness wars have destroyed the dynamic range of our music and how loudness normalisation used my music streaming services is enabling us to bring back life into our music tracks.
Now that revenue from audio streaming services is higher than all other music delivery formats combined, it’s even more important to understand the impact that streaming has on audio production and how best to optimise our mixes to make the most of the way streaming services deliver our content to the consumer. In this series of 3 articles and free video tutorials in conjunction with Nugen Audio, our own loudness guru Mike Thornton takes you through the history, why loudness is important for music, and how to prepare your mixes ready for music streaming services.
There is nothing that stirs my musical emotions more than listening to a large group of performers in the same room at the same time. It is quite something to feel the amount of air moved by a symphony orchestra or an 18 piece bing band. But not all of us have access to the spaces, gear and players required to record an ensemble of this size. However, you can “fake” it. In this article I’m going to show you how and let you listen to the results so far.
You may remember that we shared a very clever video from community member Nick Harrison showing how he created a Christmas tree using modulated sine waves and Insight 2 from iZotope. In this article Nick shares how he did it. Over to you Nick…
In this, the third part of this new series, James Ivey of Production Expert and Dax Liniere of Puzzle Factory Sound Studios talk about the next stage of getting ready to record, choosing the microphones and mic preamps.
In this extended video, Production Expert team member Julian Rodgers auditions four of the seven classic Lexicon algorithms which are available as part of the Lexicon PCM Native bundle. using Salt In Fresh Cuts by Joel Tavares he demonstrates the distinctive character of the Room, Vintage Plate, Random Hall and Chamber algorithms.
In this, the second part of this new series James Ivey of Production Expert and Dax Liniere of Puzzle Factory Sound Studios talk about the next stage of getting your drums ready for recording, damping or dampening.
We often talk about how these days, the recording processed is overly rushed and how “back in the day” we used to have the time to try things out, swap microphones and generally get it right “to tape”. The term “fix it in the mix” did not apply. Sometimes we might just resort to tried and tested method for getting a sound we like, and there is nothing wrong with this approach. However, what happens when you do have the time to “play” and try things out? Well recently I was lucky enough to have the Elite String Quartet at my disposal for a day and a beautiful church to record them in, so, what you are going to see, hear and read about over a couple of articles over the coming weeks are some opportunities I took to try out some different microphones, some different recording rig solutions and some interesting recording techniques.