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.
If you want to know what our most read articles for this week are then here is a summary of each one, read by around 100,000 of our community. The free Studio One 4.5.3 upgrade took top spot with continued huge interest in the PreSonus flagship DAW. Unsurprisingly FrontDAW from United Plugins, a plug-in worth €49 but free for a limited time, has also received a lot of attention and takes the number 2 slot. The excellent summary of gadgets for those using microphones in the studio has been popular, then followed by three articles helping with recording studio workflow.
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.
Recently we were sent a pair of Lauten Audio LS-208 large diaphragm, end fire condenser microphones and to try them out James decided to use them as the overhead mics for a tracking session. In this article, we show how to set them up over the kit and then take a listen to the end result.
In this article we take a whistle stop tour of all the top microphone modelling systems available today from industry leading hardware dependant systems which include cleverly designed multi-diaphragm microphones through to a selection of fairly basic budget software only solutions.
We all have strong opinions about which mics sound best on particular sources, but in many cases there are more sounds happening around a mic other than the one you are trying to capture. Do you ever consider how the off axis response of mics colours the sound of these off axis sources?
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?
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 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.
The team at Focusrite are delighted to be able to announce their newly updated Scarlett range of USB-C interfaces. We at Production Expert have been very privileged to get one of the very first of the new 18i20 units into the UK to use in a studio session. We have given it the once over, and it’s time to let you know what we think to the improvements and upgrades.
In this article we’ve collated a number of tips, tricks, free video tutorials and premium video tutorials that we’ve published that show how to use microphones as well as a range of placement techniques in a variety of different recording applications. We recommend that you take some time to watch a selection of these videos to help you better understand how to pick the right microphone for the job and how to position and use it appropriately.
We asked our Facebook community “What are the most common mistakes beginners make when recording using a microphone?” We had over 150 responses and one of the stand-out comments was about which way round the microphone should be pointed, or the technical term, how to ‘address the microphone’. Take our just for fun quiz showing some well know and not so well known mics and tell us whether they are end-firing or side address?
I was asked by a friend just the other day why I set up my drum overhead mics the way I did. I explained my ideas and methodologies and he said “Haven’t you tried anything more conventional?” This article is the story of my experiments including audio examples for you to listen to and compare for yourself.
If you are new to recording then you have probably wondered how top engineers get the right mic position for vocals and instruments? Some might suggest there's a trick or a hack, there isn't, but we can guarantee there is one thing they do every time they put a mic up for recording.
At NAMM 2019 Antelope Audio announced the Edge Go, a USB microphone which features internal FPGA chips, which allows the Edge Go to process it’s own microphone emulations of many popular vintage mics. But does it work and is it any good? Let’s find out.
Back in late 2017, I began a series of articles covering how to record various string instruments from ukulele to double bass and I promised to write about recording a harp someday. Today is that day!
If you were to slim down your studio gear collection then what would you need to keep in order to still be able to get your recording work done in your studio? Consider these products your studio gear essentials, what could you not live without?