In this video with the support of Universal Audio, Paul Drew shares his thoughts and ideas when it comes to mastering the track Thought of Love by Rooftop Renegades. In this final part in the series, Paul shows us how he uses the SSL Bus Compressor to glue to mix together then he reaches for the new Brainworx bx_masterdesk, which he uses as a “one stop” mastering processor.
Want to work in a recording studio? Looking to start a career in music production? Don’t waste your time searching for job sites! Instead learn how to find your own opportunities by working for yourself and with other people just like you. These 4 tips will inspire you to try a different approach and cast your net of success in the music production industry.
I became my own boss at the young age of 23. Being your own boss is a huge responsibility. You want to make your own stamp on the music biz but these types of aspirations require an extreme amount of work and dedication, taking responsibility for cash flow, clients, projects… A problem that was emerging that I didn't realise at the time was that I slowly transitioned responsibility and care from my own personal well being into my self-employed boss mindset… Big Mistake!
Would you like to earn some money, recording and releasing sound effects? Have you ever wondered what it takes to record, edit and release a sound effects library. In this article, community member Tom Lowe explains how he went about producing and releasing his first Ambisonics sound effects library.
Any modern pop or rock track needs a good solid foundation. In this case we have a combination of real acoustic and programmed drums to give the song “Thought of love” by the Rooftop Renegades a good solid groove. Paul Drew of Production Expert, with the support of Universal Audio, shows how by using only Universal Audio UAD-2 plug-ins, he mixes the acoustic drums with some of the programmed percussion to give the track a driving feel.
macOS Mojave has been with us since September 2018 and more and more people who use their Apple computers with audio applications are either choosing to upgrade to 10.14 or are having to use macOS Mojave because they have bought a new Apple Mac computer after September 2018. In this article we are going to show you how to optimise your macOS Mojave Apple computer for audio applications, dispel some myths that have already grown up, as well as explain things you shouldn’t do.
I’d like to share some advice I offer to clients wanting to book time at my studio in sunny (sometimes sunny) South East London. Some of this stuff may be obvious to experienced artists but, I also work with artists for whom this may be their first time in a recording studio, and so to help them come prepped, I send these 8 points in an email before they come in for their session can often make that session a much easier and less stressful experience for them and for me.
With the primary tracking and recording finished, Paul Drew of Production Expert starts to mix the song “Thought of love” by the Rooftop Renegades. Paul shows how, exclusively using Universal Audio UAD-2 plug-in he is able to turn a well recorded vocal into a top line part that sits well in the track but allows the lyric to shine through.
In a new format we are producing videos offering tips and solutions to common problems in under a minute. James explains the importance of those little knurled washers that should be on most conventional style microphone stands.
Mix revisions are par for the course in music production. In this article, I list 3 simple ways that you can establish and manage a mix project for online clients that will protect you from getting a large number of mix revisions towards the end of your next online collaboration.
In this video, Paul Drew and James Ivey look at the microphones and UAD-2 plug-in choices that Paul made to record the band live in his studio. The aim of this project is to record, mix and master the song using nothing but the new Apollo X range of audio interfaces and UAD-2 plug-ins. This is part 3 of 6 for Production Expert, with the support of Universal Audio, in which Paul and James continue the tracking process for a new song called “Thought Of Love” by Belgian band Rooftop Renegades.
As I’m sure many of you are aware, back in March 2017 I shut down my fully pimped 12 core “Cheese Grater” Mac Pro for potentially the final time. I was making the move to what, at the time, I referred to as “The Dark Side.” I was swapping out my 2009 Mac Pro for a brand new HP Z840 Workstation running Windows 10. This is the story of why I switched.
Why do we want great studio monitors? That is not an obvious question to answer. On one hand, we want some degree of gratification as we are working on our music. In other words, we want it to sound good. But we also want to make sure we are mixing our music properly so that it will sound great wherever it is listened to. I am going to suggest a third facet. The better our studio monitors are, the more we take them for granted. And that is a good thing! The main thing I want from my monitors is to not think about them. I mean like ever.
In this video, Paul reaches for a selection of guitars to build on the drums and bass parts recorded in the first part of this series. The aim of this project is to record, mix and master the song using nothing but the new Apollo X range of audio interfaces and UAD-2 plug-ins. This is part 2 of 6 for Production Expert, with the support of Universal Audio, in which Paul and James continue the tracking process for a new song called “Thought Of Love” by Belgian band Rooftop Renegades.
Are you using cracked DAW’s or plug-ins? We suggest you change your ways NOW. Watch this video in which a pro music producer confesses to using cracked software. He shares how he got caught and what the consequences of his actions were - Proof that digital thieves can’t get away with using pirated software.
What’s an article about building a server got to do with audio I hear you say? Well bear with me and I’ll tell you.
In this video, the first of a new six part series for Production Expert, with the support of Universal Audio, Paul Drew and James Ivey begin the tracking process for a new song called “Thought Of Love” by Belgian band Rooftop Renegades. The aim of this project is to record, mix and master the song using nothing but the new Apollo X range of audio interfaces and UAD-2 plug-ins. In this first video, James takes to the drums to lay down a solid foundation for the track and Paul adds some real bass to lock in with the kick drum.
Choosing acoustic treatment is very difficult as it’s not possible to demo or test a full solution in your studio before buying a number of panels and installing it. For those currently looking at investing in acoustic treatment we’ve put together a list of top brands that provide great sounding low cost off the shelf acoustic panels and treatment solutions to help you improve the performance of your studio space.
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.