Pro Tools MP 9: A Cheaper Alternative

| Pro Tools

Last week at the Musikmesse 2011 show in Frankfurt, Avid/M-Audio unveiled an update to their Pro Tools M-Powered line, simply called Pro Tools MP 9. In essence, as Pro Tools LE was dropped for the more robust Pro Tools 9, standalone DAW, M-Audio is carrying a still more affordable alternative that boasts many of the… Read more »

Commit To A Sound When You Record

| Tips

In an age where infinite tweaks and undos are possible in our recording studios, one thing is becoming a lost art: committing to a sound. What do I mean by that? Well let’s just say that maybe the analog guys had it better than we do now. Just the other day I was reading an article in… Read more »

Pro Tools 9 Review [Video]

| Mixing, Pro Tools, Product Review, Video

As a Pro Tools user since version 6, I’ve seen this powerful DAW change each year and add more and more incredible features. Version 9 is no exception, and I finally upgraded to it in my studio. I wanted to highlight a handful of the big reasons why I made the leap and how I… Read more »

Producer Profile: Butch Vig

| Audio Example, Mixing, Producer Profile, Video

With a rock resume including bands like Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day, Jimmy Eat World, Muse, and Foo Fighters, producer/musician Butch Vig is the real deal. Most notably known as the drummer for the 90s hit band, Garbage, Vig has had a successful career of creating music on both sides of the “glass.”   Via John Begalke Flickr… Read more »

Drum Recording And Mixing Made Simple

| Mixing, Tips, Video

Edit: REthink Drums was formerly known as Drums Boot Camp I am excited today to finally launch my new video tutorial series, REthink Drums! If you’ve ever tried to record or mix drums you know how complex and challenging it can be. And despite the wealth of information about it available online and in books/magazines… Read more »

Recording Real Drums In A Bad Room? [Reader Question]

| Reader Question, Tips

In light of my soon to be released drum recording and mixing tutorial videos, REthink Drums, I wanted to answer a recent reader question on the subject. David asked me on twitter recently… “Should I use Pro Tools’ Strike drum plugin or record live drums in a bad room with mediocre mics?” David brings up… Read more »

Recording Drums With Only One Mic [Video]

| Audio Example, Tips, Video

Capturing a great drum kit recording is a challenge, even for the most experienced engineers. If many inputs, preamps, and microphones are available to you, it might be helpful to use a complex mic setup to capture all elements of the kit well. But what if you only have one microphone? What if you only… Read more »