This article could easily have been titled “the great studio spring clean of 2019” as one of the major issues I had to deal with was a mass of extra cables in my rig. You know the sort of thing that was not really installed properly to “fix” an issue or run in a piece of gear for a demo or review session. But the main reason for this studio overhaul was to install not only a new piece of kit, but also a new and exciting way of working. Introducing the Patch, digitally controlled analogue patch back by Flock Audio.
In recent months I have been researching better ways to give my artists the best, most flexible monitoring system I can and in this article, I am going to share what I have come up with something that will work equally well both in the studio and out on location.
If you are new to mixing then make mastering low and high pass filters a priority as these are essential tools for producing focused sounding mixes that you will be proud of. Learn how to set a high pass filter in under 60 seconds in this free video tutorial
Guest contributor Chris Schmid has come up with an interesting alternative to iLok Cloud that works with all the software manufacturers that he has been using for years. It’s safe, it’s easy and in this article he explains how to set it up and use it.
There comes a time when we all either choose, or are forced to retire our computers. Often these machines are still in a perfectly serviceable condition but maybe our needs or requirements have changed or we just want MORE POWER! So maybe it’s time to sell it and help fund the next machine. OWC’s Steve Sande gives Mac users seven steps you should take before you Mac finally leaves your hands.
Sometimes great things happen through careful planning and preparation but often, amazing things happen when you least expect them and sometimes they happen totally by accident. There have been many of these “happy accidents” in studio history and I’d like to tell you about two of them. One very famous happy accident and then my moment of studio serendipity.
In this article we share seven golden rules of drum mixing to help you tackle your next live multitrack drum mix. The points presented are valuable rules that many top mix engineers use in order to work a set of drum channels together in a mix. These rules do not focus on specific plug-ins or processor techniques, instead these points are broad mindsets that can apply to your workflows to help you stay focused on mixing a drum kit as a single instrument instead of a collection of kit pieces.
Recently here in the UK, we saw the switch to British Summer Time, a sure sign that better weather is on the way (even in London). But there is still a chance of a cold snap and our valuable studio gear does not like changes in temperature. Steve Sande writing for the OWC blog takes up the story.
In this free video tutorial, brought to you with the support of Synchro Arts, you can see how I use a rough vocal I recorded with alternate phrasing as a guide to re-process the original vocal sung by someone else. The result is a new vocal part, with the original signer, singing my new melody and phrasing. If this isn’t magic, then I don’t know what is!
Hitting Command+K and manually mounting a NAS can make them tedious to use. Here’s how to set them up to automatically mount every time you use you Mac.
Do you use iOS devices in your songwriting processes or music production workflows? Do you struggle to pull audio and media from your iOS apps across to your computer using iTunes? If so, try this iMazing app instead, it will change your device management life for the better.
Like many of us when I am finished with my MacBook Pro I am guilty of shutting the lid and assuming that I am doing nothing wrong and my machine will just “deal with it”. In this article, OWC’s Steve Sande explains why a Power Nap is a good thing your Mac OS computer.
In this free video tutorial we show you a simple way of sculpting the perfect tune and notation of heavy vocal tuning effects by running an instance of Melodyne into Antares Auto-Tune Pro. Without doubt Auto-Tune Pro is the product to reach for to produce that distinctive Cher / T-Pain hard vocal effect. Melodyne on the other hand is by nature a very easy to use surgical tool for tuning. In this tutorial we utilise the strengths of both products.
There are clever ways to route audio between apps and devices but a really simple alternative is using a lightning cable.
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.
Warning, simple studio tip alert! As we always say here on Production Expert, the simplest of studio tips are typically the best ones as they can easily be forgotten or under appreciated. In this article, we explore how to share sessions between two Apple studio computers. If you need to access data and media across multiple computers within your property then this trick is well worth investigating and testing for yourselves.
I found myself launching Pro Tools specifically to access the very good search tools available in the Workspace Browser. The thing was, I wasn’t using Pro Tools and it got me thinking that there must me a way to conduct the same search using the MacOS Finder.
Seasoned engineers never leave home without their trusty gig bag, but if you’re new to remote recording, it can be hard to know what’s handy to have on the road. As a result, you either end up taking absolutely everything, just in case, or you end up on the job without a key cable of adaptor. In this article I am going to give you a sneak peek into my personal gig bag and explain why these items are so vital to having a successful gig.
Some people refer to “mixing tricks” but are they really tricks? When is a technique just a technique? Julian looks at some common examples and decides.
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.