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.
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.
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.
In this free video tutorial, session guitarist and producer Paul Drew, shows the tricks and tips to layering electric guitars in pop tracks.
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.
Stereo miking isn’t just putting up two mics, panning them left and right and hoping for the best, there is maths behind it and something which has been confusing Julian is why so many people seem to set overheads in a way which to him doesn’t add up.
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.
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?
The dictionary definition of intelligibility is “the quality or condition of being intelligible - capable of being understood; comprehensible; clear enough to be understood.” It seems that there is a growing issue with people not being able to hear the dialog in content aimed at domestic consumption, whether that is TV programmes or OTT shows, the number of complaints has increased as a result of shows like Jamaica Inn, or Happy Valley and SSGB here in the UK. In this article we are going to take a look at the factors that control our ability to discern what is being said - speech intelligibility.
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 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.
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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.
This buyer’s guide highlights a selection of low cost essential gear you can buy today for under $1,000 for recording bands. We have assumed you intend to record at least three people in a typical band lineup at the same time, say a drummer, a bassist and an electric guitarist with you engineering the session. Read on to find out what equipment we recommend…
Russ is growing more dissatisfied with modern recording techniques and thinks he might know what the problem is. He talks to some top engineers and producers to test his theory.
In an audio world, which venerates the old and the valuable there are often reasons why newer equipment just makes things easier. Would anyone really prefer to track through a modern digital mixer over a classic Neve? Well if you’re in a hurry you might decide that you would.
It is being reported that a growing number have rediscovered analog and tape and have chosen to jettison digital and work in analog with analog consoles and analog tape. Artists including Lady Gaga, Florence and the Machine and Tame Impala have all been reported as to having recorded albums through the old-school technology for a warmer sound. We investigate this movement and find that there is new life in this sector.
A student ensemble featuring primarily traditional Chinese instrumentation came through Audrey’s studio recently. In this article, in her series on recording strings, Audrey shares both her pre-session research and covers microphone selection and placement for the guzheng, erhu, and pipa, with audio examples as well.