It can take time to develop your own style and way of working in your chosen DAW. This is often referred to as your workflow. In this article we talk to mix engineers Steve Genewick, Mick Guzauski and Sylvia Massy about how they have designed their mix templates to get new sessions into a format to enable them to can get to work quickly in a way that suits them.
The modern recording studio is a place full of connections. Be they digital or analogue, there is nothing we can do to get away from the fact that sometimes we need to plug a thing into another thing. But sometimes the connection types don’t match, maybe they are a different size or form factor. In this article, we list our top 5 connectors and converters you should have in your studio, and maybe you should have at least two of them. What with stereo and all.
Is there a fine layer of dust across some of your gear? Is there visible dirt and grime buildup around some of the dials on the outboard you regularly use? If so, maybe it’s time to spend an hour or two spring cleaning your studio as dust and dirt can end up causing a range of problems for your gear. In this article, we explore several reasons why keeping a studio in tip-top shape is smart thinking. We also highlight several examples of how dust and dirt buildup can cause damage to your precious studio gear.
In this free video tutorial for Production Expert, Technical Editor and Drummer James Ivey once again makes a visit to Woodworm Studios in Oxfordshire UK to visit Engineer and Producer Mike Exeter to record drums to a track that James and Mike started work on earlier in the year for a series on recording electric guitar.
Working with audio loops and samples is popular as they often provide a speedy creative workflow which is particularly useful when ideas need to develop quickly when building a beat or full production, though there can be some challenges when using loops. You may want to change a small musical element in a sample or change its overall presentation which can leave you wondering how to make these changes in your DAW. Luckily, several plug-in developers have a range of plug-ins that serve as very cool solutions to typical issues that many face in loop based production and remix projects.
In this article we look at some of our favourite cost-effective gadgets that will help you improve your recordings.
We are sure most of us have lusted after microphones by the famous names with even more famous model numbers! However, there are dozens of smaller, what we might call “boutique”, microphone manufacturers all over the world who are making some stunning sounding microphones that you might not have heard of. In this article we list the boutique microphones companies we think should be on your studio radar.
The term Gear Acquisition Syndrome, known simply as GAS, refers to a style of spending habit which is more often than not based on poor judgement. It affects many audio engineers in our industry. Have you suffered with it? If you feel you have a tendency to frequently spend too much money on your studio then we have some suggestions to help you cut down on frivolous studio gear spending.
I have been very lucky in my career to work on both sides of the glass with some amazing, producers, engineers and studio owners. I have sadly, also had the misfortune to work with some folks who were not as prepared as they should have been when it came to running a successful recording session. Below are 9 things you can do to make sure that your next recording session runs as smoothly as it possibly can from a technical point of view. Sadly we can’t pick your next clients, so who knows what might happen there.
One of the most understated pieces of equipment in any studio is the monitor controller. Whether it is built into your console or control surface, interface or a stand alone unit, there is a more than fair chance that this is the piece of kit, which you interact with the most with the exception of maybe your keyboard or mouse. With this in mind in this article we are going to share the 7 key features or attributes that all good monitor controllers should have.
In this article we explore this topic to help you decide whether or not you need an air conditioning system installed in your home studio. We share a number of points based on our own experiences as well as several key areas you need to consider before you take the plunge into the world of home studio air conditioning.
Like it or not Catalina, the next version of macOS, is due to hit our software update system preferences soon, probably in late September based on previous track record. There are likely to be more than a couple of changes that we the everyday Mac users may not be aware of but thanks to our friends at OWC, changes to OS security need not be one of them
The team at Universal Audio have today issued an advisory notice to all UAD-2, Apollo and Arrow interface customers about an issue that has been discovered with the UAD-2 AMS Neve RMX16 plug-in running as part of their 9.10 software release.
“Single dial” or “one knob” style plug-ins are for some the answer to their mixing dilemmas. They are undoubtedly simple to use. They do away with overly complex UI’s and control sets in favour of either static preset values or AI machine learning algorithms working hard in the background. They are also about speed of use, you really don’t need to apply a lot of brain power to get the most out of this style of plug-in. In this article we highlight a selection of top single dial based plug-ins you should consider if simplicity and speed are important to you.
I don’t think there is a recording engineer, or producer out there who would say that they can pick the right mic for a vocalist first time, every time. Every voice is different, every mic is different and every recording scenario is different. I also hear you when you say that in these days of time sensitive, low budget tracking sessions there is no time to experiment, try new gear or just “have a play”. But what happens when you do have a play and try something new?
From overdoing pitch correction to over-indulging a mix, in this article we explore a number of typical studio bad habits that we find that self producing artists can fall into quite easily. We explain why each of these should be avoided as well as ways to overcome each bad habit.
We all been there, the moment you realise that you have screwed up, deleted a session, made a huge mistake, not pressed record on a brilliant take, misread a situation and offended someone, the list goes on. We are sure that you are already recalling several moments when you felt your face and neck go red and hot, your stomach sink and you start to panic, but at the same time you are frozen to the spot. In this article we are going to share 6 key things to do when this happens…
It takes some imagination and determination to get a studio to be a comfortable space to work in. Spend some time and effort and you’ll be amazed at how a few minor tweaks to your creative space can make massive improvements to how you work in your studio.
There are many benefits to tracking through outboard channels strips and committing sounds “to tape”. In the article we share a number of reasons why we consider that channel strips are great tools to use to improve your productions.
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?