In this article we highlight several control surfaces we feel are very well designed and also represent great value for money that you can buy today for your studio from $600. These are fairly small in size and suitable for placing on desks. Do you use a control surface in your workflow? If so, what control surfaces can you recommend to the Production Expert Community?
There are some instruments that are often toted as “difficult to record”. These include, Steel Pan, Vibraphone, Harp, Bagpipes (Highland Pipes) and Harpsichord. Having recently recorded a Harpsichord we have come up with our 5 top tips for recording what some might call challenging musical instruments.
In this article we explore a number of popular transient shaper plug-ins available today that you can try out in your next mix. We give you an idea of some general mix applications that suit transient shapers as well as describe a number of controls that you typically find in most plug-ins of this type.
The Music Modernization Act was signed into law in the United States in October 2018. This might be good news for engineers and producers, but potentially not-so-good news for independent songwriters. Audrey sat down with with entertainment lawyer Elizabeth Russell of Russell Law to try and figure out what it all means.
In this series of articles we are putting together a number of studio starter kit suggestions based on a variety of common audio production fields to help you to find the gear you need. In this article we focus on the essential studio gear for songwriters who typically produce loop based music. These types of songwriters or producers don’t typically record live acoustic instruments such as guitars, instead they rely on audio loops, sample libraries and virtual instruments to produce their material.
In this free video tutorial, James Ivey and Engineer Producer Mike Exeter discuss how to incorporate stereo room microphones into your guitar recordings to create an ambient stereo effect.
In this article, we take a quick look at several of what could be called the finest audio interfaces available today. Form factor however is not the defining factor here. We are looking at the ability to configure the I/O and connectivity to our needs in a bespoke unit, not a one size fits all, off the shelf device but something that can be truly customised. The downside to all this flexibility is often an eye-watering price tag.
This buyer’s guide highlights a selection of low cost essential gear you can buy today for under $1,000 for recording bands. We have assumed you intend to record at least three people in a typical band lineup at the same time, say a drummer, a bassist and an electric guitarist with you engineering the session. Read on to find out what equipment we recommend…
Developing the skills to mix the perfect vocal track each and every time can years to achieve, which is a bitter pill to swallow for those currently working on productions that need top sounding vocals quickly. Luckily there are several plug-ins that simplify the process of vocal mixing that can take lead vocals from zero to hero in a matter of minutes with minimal effort.
There is nothing more frustrating than having to carry a fist full of different adaptors and connectors in order to make a nice shiny new Apple MacBook Pro laptops or other USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 equipped computers talk to any of our studio hardware. So here are our list of some of the best troubleshooters and lifesaver converters that are available today to avoid having to carry a pile of little white converter cables that can cost over £50 each.
Smart phones and tablets are good companion devices in the recording studio, though they are only as useful as the apps we choose to run on them. The App stores for both Apple iOS and Android don’t alway make it easy for us to find the perfect apps for audio production, that’s why we’ve put together a mighty list of apps that promise to improve our studio workflows that you can check out in this article.
In this article we focus on the essential studio gear in the home studio market for self producing songwriter recording artists as part of our series of articles in which we put together a number of studio starter kit suggestions to help you to not only find the gear you need but to also help you to understand why we have suggested the gear we’ve chosen.
In this article, we take a look at our pick of the most popular audio interfaces you can buy today, all of which are designed to live and function on your desktop and not be rack mounted.
In this new series of articles we aim to help people who are starting out in audio production find the best gear for their chosen field of work. We will be covering studio starter kit suggestion for songwriters, loop based producer, voice over artists and more. Before we dive into the gear we want to cover two important aspects of every studio setup, the computer and DAW.
Some equipment you buy because you like how it sounds. Some equipment you buy because you like how it works and some equipment you buy because it allows you to work faster. And then there is the gear you buy because it does all three. I’m quite new to the Amp/Speaker switcher party, but I’m in now and I’m staying. In this article I’ll tell you how the Amp/Speaker switcher works, show you how they can speed up your recording workflow and tell you about two units I have had the opportunity to try in my studio.
There are many pro audio brands who specifically produce a variety of studio furniture ranging from studio desks and rack units. In this buying guide we cover the studio furniture and outboard rack units that we on the team have owned, currently use or have used in the past. If you are currently in the market for any studio furniture then check out our thoughts and experiences of the products featured in article.
In the first of this pair of articles, I talked about the studio clean-up operation and the physical relocation of my studio toys getting ready for the addition of the Flock Audio Patch into my studio workflow. In this article I’m going to talk about setting up, routing and managing the Patch, some of the choices I had to make early on in the process and how Patch has changed my recording, mixing and mastering world.
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.
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.
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.