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20 Mar 2017

Secret to invisible multi-track drum edits – Multi-Platinum.com – YouTube

Sure, you could beat detect that drum kit. It would probably even sound “ok”. Is that the standard you hold your music to? Follow along with Brady for a quick 10 minute overview of making any drum edit completely inaudible. The secret to an invisible multi-track drum edit – Multi-Platinum.com – YouTube.

20 Mar 2017

Pairing Your Guitar With The Right Amp Model

I hear it all the time – “these amp models are terrible. They’ll never be able to sound good.” But as you probably know, that’s just not true. One of the key things you need to do in order to make them sound good, however, is pair the right guitar with the right amp model. Can you imagine eating peanut butter and hard boiled eggs together? It’d probably be gross. It’s all about the right combination… Here’s how to do […]

20 Mar 2017

Timing Explained and How to Use It Effectively In Your Productions

How effectively are you using one of the most important musical elements in your production? Even though most of us know that timing is important when playing music, we seem to forget about how to use it to get great productions when we are working in the studio. But if you can make these intelligent decisions about musical timing in your productions, you’ll be making even better and more interesting music. Not everything needs to come right on the beat. […]

19 Mar 2017

Why You Should Invest In a Good Amp Model

It’s a touchy subject for guitarists of all genres – to use amp models or to use the “real thing.” Some of the greatest guitarists love their vintage amps and classic pedals, other love their ElevenRack. It depends on the guitarist. But if you’re trying to get great sounds in your home studio, there’s something you need to have. That’s right, a good amp model. Here’s why. Even though we all love how a real amp sounds and feels, there […]

19 Mar 2017

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? Make a great production without mixing it. That might be a bit of an overstatement. Let me explain. You can make two types of mixing […]

18 Mar 2017

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 and make something amazing this weekend with at least one unique sound. You’ll be surprised at what you can come up with.

18 Mar 2017

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 into voice over work – because you can apply these same methods to your music recordings. The first thing you need if you’re doing voice […]

17 Mar 2017

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 by using a valve sound plug-in or a tape-simulation plug-in. You could even use a real tape machine to run the vocal sound through and […]

17 Mar 2017

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 to overcome this challenge in minutes rather than days of agonizing back-and-forth. The key is using multiple reference points. But that doesn’t mean two sets […]

17 Mar 2017

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 creative with it!