There are several simple methods you can use to protect yourself from sudden creative stalls in a self-production workflow. The steps in this article should help you to recognise what needs to be achieved when producing a song by yourself and help maintain a productive workflow. Try one or two of these steps today to maintain a clear and creative mindset when making important decisions throughout a self-production.
Monitoring and mixing the low end of the frequency spectrum accurately, in a way that translates well on multiple systems, is one of the biggest challenges we face as mixers. How low does our monitoring need to go? Do you need a subwoofer in your studio? Which one? What size? Read on to find out the answers to these questions, and more.
In an update to their macOS 10.15 (Catalina) support for Pro Tools, Sibelius, Media Composer, EUCON, and Avid NEXIS, Avid has announced Catalina support for Sibelius 2019.9 as well as Avid Link 2019.10 with support for Pro Tools and Media Composer listed as ‘Coming Soon’.
In this free video tutorial for Production Expert, James Ivey works with Recording Engineer and Producer Mike Exeter to record his kit for a metal track, in which Mike explains his approach to recording tom-toms using two microphones.
In this article, we continue our $1,000 budget studio starter kit series in which we provide a selection of studio gear bundles you can buy across a range of common audio production fields. In this article we will focus on Podcast recording. What do podcasters need in order to record and publish their broadcasts and can you get everything you need for $1000?
We first saw the new Tascam Model 24 mixer, digital recorder and audio interface back at the NAMM show in January 2019 and since then there has been much talk and plenty of coverage of its live mixing and recording capabilities, but thus far not much has been made of using it as an interface in the studio in conjunction with the DAW of your choice. To rectify this, in this article we try the Tascam Model 24 as a front end for the modern DAW-based recording studio.
Each of us on the team is often asked about the gear we have personally chosen to use in our own recording studios and recording environments. In this article, with its two videos, James Ivey shows his new(ish) drum kit and the mics he has chosen to get his signature drum sound. He also shows his new location recording rig, which is compact, portable and sounds great.
With so many brands advising against upgrading to macOS Catalina, the Catalina nag screen is going to get boring. Rather than disable the Software Update app altogether, we have discovered a way to block macOS Mojave from trying to upgrade to Catalina. We show you how…
Many people think of stereo microphones as something you use as a room or ambience mic, and while stereo mics are great for this, they can also very useful when recording much narrower sounding source material. In this article, I’m going to let you hear four different stereo microphones used to record a simple acoustic guitar chord progression. This is not a shootout, it’s an opportunity for you to hear some very different microphones and decide which attributes of the recordings you like or don’t like. To compare these mics would be like comparing Apples to Car Tyres. You will soon see what I mean.
The process of flicking through plug-in presets isn’t perfect yet we accept it for what it is, but should we? Are there better ways to surf presets?
If you chose to buy this laptop over a MacBook Pro it wouldn’t be because you couldn’t afford a MacBook, it’s because you decided to spend your money on a better option.
Mixing live multitrack drum recordings can have its challenges. One problem that can crop up from time to time in a drum mix is harsh sounding cymbals from the overhead microphones. It isn't always a pleasant sound, think fingernails down a chalkboard. In this article, we suggest three plug-ins from Oeksound, FabFilter and Waves that we know from experience can quickly and easily tackle harshness in drum overhead tracks.
James has spent a lot of time recently rethinking how he records electric guitars and as the result is a flexible, reliable and easy workflow for multi-microphone tone blending. This can either be done at the mix stage or by committing the sound “to tape” during tracking using some simple routing in Pro Tools and 3 of his favourite microphones for guitar cabinets.
In this article, we share a detailed video showing you how to build your own acoustic panels. This video walks you through the entire process including measurements, where to install wood braces and, most importantly, how to install the absorption material and fabric covering. We take this a step further by pricing up the cost of making six panels for less than £300.
In the world of the modern DAW-based recording studio, many of us have come to rely on our keyboard controllers for far more than just inputting notes. Even if we don’t categorise ourselves as keyboard players or composers, there can’t be many studios in the world that don’t have some kind of MIDI or USB keyboard within easy reach. Here are 10 features we think you should look for in your next keyboard controller. How many does your current model have?
In this article we suggest several essential safeguarding solutions we should never ignore highlighting the problems they endeavour to solve. Safeguarding our recording studio requires a considered approach, it is so much more than just general-purpose security protecting our gear from criminals. Events that can impact our studios for the worse usually happen out of the blue, which can cause major upheaval in the day to day running of our studios.
If you do anything enough, you can easily fall into bad habits and recording with bands and artists is no exception. Here are seven of the easiest habits to fall into and how to break them.
We all love the warmth and character vacuum tubes impart into our audio. But what happens when one of those valves gets old, starts to show signs of overuse and eventually fails? It turns out that troubleshooting your own valve gear is not as tricky as it first might seem. We talk with John from Tube-Tech to find out what we can do to keep our valve gear working perfectly and sounding great.