In spite of the UAD Distressor plug-in having a mix knob, when setting up parallel compression on a drum bus Jacquire King chooses to use a duplicate path and to insert the Distressor on a bus set to 100% wet. This is one of several workflow quirks which Jacquire uses in this free extract from Jacquire King Mixing Lifeboats, the 6th of the series in which different mixers all approach the same project and document their choices through the mix process.
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.
This free eBook written by industry professionals sharing a variety of ways you can control the listening conditions in your studio in order for you to produce mixes that translate. We have the download link.
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.
Thousands of free loops all within a free loop application. What's not to like? Check out our free video tutorial that shows you how to start producing a loop based song using Loopcloud 5 Studio Subscription alongside your DAW of choice and find out what we think of Loopcloud 5.
Russ suggests that CD was the high water mark of audio playback quality for the masses. If this is true and many will listen to streaming, MP3 and in mono. How should audio professionals respond?
Even when compressors are of the same general type (VCA, FET, opto, etc.), different brands and models often don't sound alike. The same is true for plug-ins that closely emulate their circuitry. In this excerpt from "John Paterno Mixing Lifeboats," Paterno is working on the lead vocal track, and trying to decide on a compressor to use…
It is essential to have an excellent fundamental grounding in the core principles of audio and acoustics. Otherwise, you'll believe anything or anyone. However, if we allow our beliefs to become dogma, then we leave little room for new possibilities.
If you run a creative business then you'll have natural talents which you excel at. However, there are things that don't come naturally which you need to do if you want to go from good to great.
In this free extract from his recent tutorial series Fab DuPont shows how he uses a repurposed tube preamp from an old spring reverb to add dirt and colour to a track by inserting it across the Mix bus. This free video extract is from a tutorial in which Fab describes his system for recalling a hybrid mix for Ulrich Forman's song, "1234" full of analog hardware to reset, reverbs to re-time and processes to recreate.
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.
In the article we explain several different ways that audio is graphically represented in DAWs and a number of different tools from a range of developers to help you understand not only what these visuals tell us but to show you what they are for and how to interpret these graphics and displays to help you. This article isn’t a deep physics lesson in audio, instead we try to explain each of these points as practically as possible.
There’s one thing that connects all prolific people… find out what it is.
In this free extract from his recent tutorial series Brian Moncarz shows how he used duplicate tracks with alternate processing to provide the lift in the chorus of "Drop Me In The Water" from Our Lady Peace, something many of us might achieve using volume automation.
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 free extract from his tutorial series in which Andrew Scheps mixed the Green Day single “Bang Bang”, Andrew takes us through his mix decisions on the toms. While you might think a well-recorded tom might just need a gate, in this free extract we see how a clear vision of wanting “stadium drums” led to some interesting choices in processing. We particularly liked the use of pitch shifting on the reverb to add a sense of space.
zplane have released Elastique Pitch v2.1.0, an update was designed specifically for those working in electronic and dance music genres. élastiquePRO V3.3 now preserves precious transient information when time-stretching low frequency content such as the initial 'click' of a kick drum keeping the content musical and punchy.
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.
For those of us who are old enough to have really lived with the Compact Cassette it was so much more than just a medium for storing audio. It was how I loaded computer games and it was how I expressed my feelings, yes I’m talking about the legend of the “Mix Tape”. Well, believe it or not, sales of both cassette media and hardware are on the up. In this article we ask if we are on the verge of a Cassette Tape revival?
Back in November 2017 we learnt that Gibson, the then owners of Cakewalk, were ending the development of Cakewalk. Then in early 2018 BandLab Technologies announced that it had purchased the Cakewalk assets an IP and planned to release Cakewalk as a free Windows only DAW. In this article we look at the chequered history and then what has happened to Cakewalk in the last year as a free DAW, with a significant feature list including ARA support.