An Exercise for Better Tracks

An Exercise for Better Tracks

We’ve shared some of our favorite audio exercises and ways to improve your skills before. But few are as valuable as this single exercise. It’s not even that difficult on paper. But actually doing it will require critical thought and will result in making you a better engineer. Guaranteed. So what is this magical drill?…

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Ever Tried Making A Song With Trash?

Ever Tried Making A Song With Trash?

Well, if you’ve never tried making a song with trash, maybe you’re missing out. Check this video out: Isn’t it pretty amazing that you can make pretty incredible music with just about any sound? This is just one example of how you can manipulate just about any sound to make something cool. Try it out…

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Think You’ve Got What It Takes To Be A Voiceover Artist?

Think You've Got What It Takes To Be A Voiceover Artist?

Do you think you’ve got what it takes to be a voice over artist? I was asked the other day by a friend who was thinking about getting into some freelance work about the audio equipment necessary to create quality voice overs. This is a great thing to think about – even if you’re not…

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Getting a Fatter Vocal

Getting a Fatter Vocal

It’s something that we’re looking for most of the time in our productions – a nice, fat vocal. But how do the pros get that huge sound while still having it sit nicely in the mix? Thankfully, SoundOnSound.com has given us a few tips! My favorite tip is this: “Try small amounts of ‘good’ distortion…

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Mixing With Multiple Reference Points: Better Mixes In Minutes

Mixing With Multiple Reference Points- Better Mixes In Minutes

“Remember how good that mix sounded in your studio? Why did it completely fall apart in the car?” “Why are half of the instruments missing when I listen on my laptop? What is the meaning of this madness?!?” These are the questions that have haunted me in the past – until I figured out how…

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DIY Talkbox

DIY Talkbox

There’s a lot of ways to get awesome sounding talkbox effects. But this is probably my favorite option Although it may not look as sleek as something you’d buy in the stores, it certainly does the trick! If you’re the type to DIY, think about what other things you can do for your studio. Get…

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Feeling Cluttered? Maximize Your Layout!

Feeling Cluttered? Maximize Your Layout!

Are you working with a screen that looks something like this? While this may not look too bad (believe it or not, it can get worse), it’s actually quite cluttered, and a leaner screen can be accomplished by following a few easy steps: 1. Hide unnecessary elements. First, let’s talk about the Universe Bar. While…

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Need Tighter Productions? The Importance Of The Click Track

Need Tighter Productions? The Importance Of The Click Track

I hear it all the time: “I don’t use the click track because I want my productions to sound raw.” “…musical.” “…rubato.” These are just excuses, however. It is entirely possible to create raw, musical, and even rubato-feel music while still using the click track. But why would you want to do such a thing?…

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PhantomFocus

PhantomFocus

Do any of you guys live near nashville? Holy geez this monitoring system literally gave me chills the other day. If you get a chance to drop by Vintage King Nashville and hear this system, it’ll blow your mind. In fairness though, was talking to Carl Tatz competitor Russ Berger the other day and while…

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Tracking Techniques: Setting the Mood

Tracking Techniques- Setting the Mood

We’ve come to the final technique that all great tracking engineers and producers know all about. It’s quite possibly the most important thing to remember and execute when tracking. And yet it sounds so silly. That’s right, setting the mood. Here’s why it’s the most important step and how you can execute it perfectly in…

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