Am I misleading you by suggesting you can make great sounding records on affordable gear? Should you NEVER upgrade your home studio?! The answer to both questions is “No”. Here’s the best way (and time) to upgrade your home studio – and why I don’t talk about it a whole lot on the site.
Today let’s talk about the microphone preamps inside your audio interface, and why there’s nothing wrong with them. I’ve talked about the myths about the built in interface pres before, but today I want to clear up some confusion on what you should (and should not) expect from them. What Is The Job Of The… Read more »
Looking for some great sounding and affordable microphones for your home studio? Here are some of my all time favorites. You can build a great sounding and versatile mic locker without breaking the bank Earlier this week I wrote about the different types of microphones and suggested you try and own at least one of… Read more »
Great recordings start with the right microphone choice, at least when it comes to gear. But so many of us are choosing the wrong type of microphone for the job. So today I want to address some fundamentals of microphone types - because without them, you could very easily waste time, money, and energy trying to… Read more »
Applying some distortion to your bass guitar tracks is one of the smartest things you can do. Whether recording through an amp or mixing it in with plugins, the harmonics and drive that distortion brings is invaluable in getting more out of your bass guitar.
How you start and end a mix can have a profound affect on the quality of the final product. And while I talk a good bit about the smartest ways to start your mix I tend to get the continual question: “How do I know when my mix is finished?” Today let me give you… Read more »
Do you struggle to get good mixes in the box? There are many reasons why this could be, especially if you’re coming from the analog world (or have grown up learning from engineers who mixed on a console). But there is one key issue when it comes to mixing (and summing) in the digital domain… Read more »
Last week I mixed the same song 6 different times. No, it wasn’t some challenge or experiment. At least not an intentional one. Rather it was the result of me losing something: my mixing mojo. The problem grew exponentially when I started doing really dumb stuff. Read on. Where I First Went Wrong It all started… Read more »
Want to save CPU power, get great sounding tracks, and mix in half the time? Then today’s video could quite possibly change the way you work in the studio forever. We’re going to exploit the curiously powerful Pareto Principle in our mixes so you can get better results with less effort.
There is something beautiful about simplicity, especially when it comes to music making. Take one of the most complex instruments to record, an acoustic drum set. Typically the modern studio reaches for 12 or more microphones to capture the entire kit well. But legendary producer/engineer Bob Clearmountain (The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen) shows you an… Read more »