Virtual Consoles: Fan or Pan?

Virtual Consoles- Fan or Pan?

Many of the Multi-Platinum.com producers started their careers in the waning days of analog, or the birth of the digital revolution. A couple weeks ago, we were honored to have Graham Cochrane with therecordingrevolution.com hanging out in the studio, where a long discussion/debate of the virtues of console emulators came around. The consensus was that…

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5 Realizations Every Home Studio Owner Needs to Make

Know Where You Need to Improve with this Drill

I was recently chatting with a good friend of mine about his latest struggles in the studio. He moonlights as a songwriter and loves to record his own music. In fact, he’s been doing it for probably 15+ years. You might think he has released several – if not dozens – of records. With all…

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Surprise! How To Change It Up In Your Productions

Surprise! How To Change It Up In Your Productions

Songwriting and producing can be pretty formulaic. And it shouldn’t be. It should be surprising, creative, and inventive. We shouldn’t be able to predict exactly what’s going to happen in every song. But how can you avoid this fate when producing your tracks? Here’s a few tips for avoiding the obvious in your productions: [wc_box…

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Want a free ebook about buying microphones?

Want a free ebook about buying microphones?

Check this out! Sound On Sound has put together a nifty buying guide for microphones and is giving it away in free ebook form! Just follow the link to get your very own copy! http://www.soundonsound.com/smartguides/usdigitaleditions/mcbg.php “Microphones: Products & Practice is your essential guide to choosing, using and buying microphones. This authoritative publication gathers in one…

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Motivation and Creativity

Motivation and Creativity

I recently read an interview with the multi-talented writer, actor, comedian, and PC John Hodgman in which he offered a look into his daily routine – a common practice for interviews with highly effective people. What was the first thing he mentioned about his daily schedule? “10AM–2PM is set aside for writing. No meetings, phone…

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Sampling with the MPC Renaissance

Sampling with the MPC Renaissance

In this quick 5 minute video, Young Guru (engineer for mega hip-hop acts like Jay-Z, Kanye, etc.) shows us the basics of sampling and how to use the MPC Renaissance to do it. Here’s a few tips for sampling that you can use no matter what platform you’re using: – Don’t settle for clicks and…

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More Tracks Doesn’t Equal Bigger Sound

More Tracks Doesn't Equal Bigger Sound

More tracks doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to get a bigger sound. In fact, it can sometimes mean the opposite. A lot of producers and engineers seem to think “more is more” and start piling on the tracks. But unless those tracks are carefully arranged, you’ll end up with a muddy, unclear production. And it…

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Looking for some Tape Emulation?

Looking for some Tape Emulation?

How about trying out the Kramer Master Tape plug-in by Waves? This tape emulating plug-in not only gives a pretty realistic tape sound to your productions, it also looks really cool. I tried it out on a few productions of my own, but I wasn’t as impressed as I thought I might be. Some of…

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Stock Plugins & Snowflakes: The Secret to Making Something Out Of Nothing

Stock Plugins & Snowflakes- The Secret to Making Something Out Of Nothing

Snowflakes are pretty cool. Especially close up. The coolest thing is that every one is unique. Just like a song. But without certain photography tools, we would never be able to really appreciate the nuances and beauty of these flakes. In the same way, we can’t always appreciate a great song without a great recording…

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Audio Interface Choices. Choices, choices, choices.

Audio Interface Choices. Choices, choices, choices.

So we finally did it. After months of deliberation, we’ve swapped out the Pro Control and HD2 system in Studio A, and gone to…. Well, we’re just not sure. Part of it was easy. The Pro Control was an awesome board, but it was always limited to just using Pro Tools. Frankly, while we’re still…

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