A community member contacted us to ask for our help and advice as they transition from a job in audio post-production to working as a freelancer with a studio at home. In this article, we will look at the background and show how more and more people are making the jump to working from home. Business structure, insurance, how to find clients, how to set your prices, contracts, terms and conditions, invoicing, getting paid, security for premises, equipment and data, protecting your health & wellbeing, the challenges of working alone and finally some guidance on equipment choices.
We’ve shortlisted several popular audio interfaces you can buy today, all of which share a couple of common threads being that these products provide a minimum of 8 microphone preamps and are housed within 1U chassis. We’re spoilt for choice! Which would you buy?
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.
This article is not about food and weight but buying too much stuff and not learning how to do things properly, in studio terms you can choose to be a couch potato or a marathon runner… the choice is yours.
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.
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.
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.
There has long been a heated debate in music production circles when it comes to the topic of mixing on headphones over choosing to use studio monitors. In this article we weigh up three pros and cons of mixing on headphones over mixing on studio monitors.
When we heard that our friends at Create Pro has done the impossible to get a Thunderbolt card running in a Mac Pro Cheese-grater, we knew we had to bring it to you.
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.
In this video with the support of Universal Audio, Paul Drew shares his thoughts and ideas when it comes to mastering the track Thought of Love by Rooftop Renegades. In this final part in the series, Paul shows us how he uses the SSL Bus Compressor to glue to mix together then he reaches for the new Brainworx bx_masterdesk, which he uses as a “one stop” mastering processor.
Want to work in a recording studio? Looking to start a career in music production? Don’t waste your time searching for job sites! Instead learn how to find your own opportunities by working for yourself and with other people just like you. These 4 tips will inspire you to try a different approach and cast your net of success in the music production industry.
I became my own boss at the young age of 23. Being your own boss is a huge responsibility. You want to make your own stamp on the music biz but these types of aspirations require an extreme amount of work and dedication, taking responsibility for cash flow, clients, projects… A problem that was emerging that I didn't realise at the time was that I slowly transitioned responsibility and care from my own personal well being into my self-employed boss mindset… Big Mistake!
Would you like to earn some money, recording and releasing sound effects? Have you ever wondered what it takes to record, edit and release a sound effects library. In this article, community member Tom Lowe explains how he went about producing and releasing his first Ambisonics sound effects library.
Did you know that when you mix on headphones it’s not the same as using speakers, we tell you why and the science behind this important fact.
Any modern pop or rock track needs a good solid foundation. In this case we have a combination of real acoustic and programmed drums to give the song “Thought of love” by the Rooftop Renegades a good solid groove. Paul Drew of Production Expert, with the support of Universal Audio, shows how by using only Universal Audio UAD-2 plug-ins, he mixes the acoustic drums with some of the programmed percussion to give the track a driving feel.
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.
I’d like to share some advice I offer to clients wanting to book time at my studio in sunny (sometimes sunny) South East London. Some of this stuff may be obvious to experienced artists but, I also work with artists for whom this may be their first time in a recording studio, and so to help them come prepped, I send these 8 points in an email before they come in for their session can often make that session a much easier and less stressful experience for them and for me.