11 Mar 2017

How to Build a Diffuser

What’s the purpose of a diffuser? The “random” nature of a diffuser allows sound to reflect in different ways, essentially eliminating audible reflections that can cause listening inconsistencies in your recording space. These are generally found on the back wall of a control room, or in the case of Blackbird studios here in Nashville, all over! This unique room is essentially a giant diffuser – and the result is stunning. There are no unwanted reflections, but it is not the […]

10 Mar 2017

Should You Learn a New DAW?

I get asked this question a lot: “Should I get Pro Tools?” My response is usually something along the lines of “what are you using right now?” If they answer with any of the other pro DAWs on the market, I usually ask why they want to make the switch. And almost every time, it’s not for a good reason. Let’s look at the only reason you would need to learn a new DAW. The only time you need to […]

10 Mar 2017

It’s Official – Maschine Studio and Maschine 2.0 Software is here!

Today, Native Instruments released a new line of their world-class drum sequencing tool Maschine, as well as an update to the software for all of the Maschine products. And it looks amazing. At $999, this Maschine, dubbed Maschine Studio, is the most advanced (and expensive) Maschine to date – rivaling the MPC Renaissance in function and power. While the users of this mega-maschine might be somewhat few and far between, one thing’s for sure – the software update will be […]

09 Mar 2017

Want a New Logic Pro X Theme?

How about something like this? I had just heard about some new Chrome themes (this one’s pretty cool), and thought to myself – “what if I could do that to my DAW?” I like the flexibility that Digital Performer (among other DAWs) gives you when it comes to changing the skin of the DAW – you can make it look like the music you’re making, which can really help the creative juices flow. (Try typing a creative paper on Windows […]

09 Mar 2017

Do You Know How Much You’ve Improved?

Have you ever thought about how much you’ve improved over some period of time? Maybe how much better your mixes have gotten over the last year? Or maybe how much better a track sounds after a few rounds of mixes? If you haven’t, you should start. Why? Because if you know what you’ve improved on, you’ll know what has worked and what hasn’t. You’ll also be able to better identify whatever still needs work. Use this test when comparing two […]

08 Mar 2017

Interactive Processing: Something You Should Be Doing

How do you apply effects your tracks while mixing? We’re not talking about what plugins you’re using – we’re talking about what process you’re using. It’s a good idea to hear exactly what a certain plugin is doing to one track specifically. You obviously don’t want to completely trash a track and not even know it. But soloing out a track to add processing is only half of what you should be doing. Here’s the other half: Processing individual tracks […]

08 Mar 2017

Never Lose Your Session Again Due To Weather

Are you sick of working for countless hours on your production, only to have a storm come through, knock out the power, and corrupt your entire session? If you’re not yet, you will be as soon as it happens to you! Don’t wait until it’s too late – take action and be prepared! But how? Get yourself a UPS. Uninterrupted Power Supply. It’s basically a mini generator that runs for a short time off an internal battery. It’s not going […]

08 Mar 2017

Your 2014 Recording Resolution: Get Better With This Simple Tip

Happy New Year! Whether or not you have a New Years resolution, you should still have a 2014 recording resolution. Why not make it something that’s going to make your recordings way better. It’s not hard – and you don’t even have to think of what it’ll be. We’ve got you covered. So what’s going to make you way better at recording in just a few short months? It’s simple and we promise it’ll be fun. Here it goes: record […]

07 Mar 2017

Become a Sound Engineer in 6 *Easy* Steps

I stumbled upon this interesting article on wikihow, and must agree with the steps to success that are laid out. Although it may seem quite a bit easier than it really is, this is a good breakdown of the steps to become a good engineer, producer, or musician for that matter! Here’s a quick outline of the article (which you should read here if you like): Start practicing. It’s impossible to become the next Mozart if you’ve never picked up […]

07 Mar 2017

Is This Analog Yet?

The vast majority of producers, engineers, artists, and audio gurus will agree, for most genres, analog sounds better.  Whatever that means.  Mics with tubes or FET circuitry and preamps with rows of tubes and power supplies the size of small dogs tend to just make everything sound bigger.  Tracking to literal tape, provided everything done pre-tape, meaning the performances, mic placements, and preamp levels, are all executed flawlessly, can make a very warm mix.  But it’s also real tape; it’s […]