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.
Russ has transformed his life in less than a year, he thinks applying the same thinking could transform his studio too.
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.
Are you free on the weekend of May 3rd to 5th 2019? Can you get to Basel in Switzerland? Would you like to learn from Al Schmitt, George Massenburg and Swiss engineer Daniel Dettwiler? If so, you are in for a treat as Daniel has invited Al Schmitt and George Massenburg to join him for a 3-day learning event in Basel. Come and learn the ‘Sheer Pleasure Of Sound’ over a 3-day event recording and mixing with some true soundmasters.
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!
In a recent poll of nearly 2,000 professionals and hobbyists recording and mixing audio, only 1 in 5 said they bothered recording and mixing above 44.1kHz/48kHz.
Two groups were polled, those who said they were professionals and those who said they recorded and mixed as a hobby, in both cases the majority opted to record at either 44.1kHz or 48kHz.
I have lost count of the number of times I have seen vintage ribbon mics used as drum overhead mics, but have you seen the prices for mics like the Coles 4081 go for on the second hand market? Not to mention that vintage mics have a habit of packing up when you least expect it and most need them. I decided to try some modern ribbon microphones by Sontronics and Audio Technica and put them over my kit and let you hear how they fair. I might have just found a new favourite set of overhead mics.
There are clever ways to route audio between apps and devices but a really simple alternative is using a lightning cable.
The team at Solid State Logic, better known as SSL have been very busy of late. First we got the amazing SSL Fusion Colour mixing and mastering processor, now we get a new table top mixer called SiX, that they claim is the ultimate desktop mixer. And from what I see they could well be right.
In this video, supported by Antelope Audio, Pro Tools Expert Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at some of the latest Antelope Audio gear. James teams up with songwriter and guitarist Paul Sundt and they use the Antelope Orion Studio 2017 to track a song called Crazy Lady. This video is the story of recording this track, and how it was mixed using the new Antelope Audio AFX2DAW plug-in.
One of my resolutions for 2019 was to make more music and thus far it’s all going rather well. One of my new projects is with our very own Paul Drew of Studio One Expert. Paul and I have been working together on a couple of tracks with bass player Dan Hawkins and on a recent session, we had a true 21st Century production epiphany. We discovered a means of working together that is almost as good as being in the same room at the same time. Let me explain.