The Pitfalls of Distortion – Electric Guitars

The Pitfalls of Distortion - Electric Guitars

Ever since ACDC, distortion has become a staple in rock music. But even though it’s necessary for a great rock guitar tone, a lot of guitarists and producers get frustrated when their recordings sound “fuzzy” instead of “huge.” And that’s all because we’ve been using it all wrong! There are a few pitfalls that –…

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Why You Need Honest Friends As An Audio Engineer

Why You Need Honest Friends As An Audio Engineer

Good friends are important in life. But good friends are essential as an audio engineer. There’s no substitute for the types of things that real, honest friends can give you as an audio engineer. We’re going to outline some of the key reasons why you need these people, how to find them, and how to…

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Production Lessons From Terrible Christmas Movies

Production Lessons From Terrible Christmas Movies

It’s that time of year again. The family’s all together, the cookies are being baked, and the unbelievably awful Christmas movies are on just about any channel you flip to. We’re not talking about the classics – Christmas Vacation, It’s A Wonderful Life, etc. – we’re talking about the ones that were made for TV…

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Mixing By Testing The Prototype

Mixing By Testing The Prototype

Before just about any product is mass produced, it goes through a pretty intense series of testing. The company will make a prototype in order to determine if it is ready for the public. When the company is testing the prototype, they are putting their product through a whole series of physical tests in order…

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3 Tips for Better Overheads

3 Tips for Better Overheads

When people talk about drums, they often talk about two specific parts of the kit: kick and snare. But the other parts of a drum kit are just as important – like the overheads. Depending on how you mix them, they can actually have quite a large impact on how your kick and snare sound.…

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The Loudness Wars: The Myth of Better Sounding Recordings

The Loudness Wars- The Myth of Better Sounding Recordings

We’re all familiar with the “loudness wars.” And if you’re not, you haven’t listened to any music that has been released in the past 20 years. Just in case this is the case, here’s an explanation. Record labels found out – through customer and market research – that louder recordings score better with the average…

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Check out this iOS Synth!

Check out this iOS Synth!

Remember when we talked about using your iOS devices as tools in the studio? Looks like there’s even more great tools out there to do it! Our friend Mitch Gallagher at Sweetwater reviewed a great app called Waldorf Nave Synth – check out here! Then check out Mitch in Project Studio Mastering!

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Tutorial: Reverb Tricks for Realistic Orchestral tracks

Tutorial- Reverb Tricks for Realistic Orchestral tracks

Get inside the head of master Mix engineer John Merchant as he shows you his approach to using reverbs to create a more realistic orchestral sound! Don’t settle for stock MIDI synth sounds in your productions. Check out this free video from Johns “Stupid Mix Tricks” video for adding movement to your string lines for…

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Tracking Techniques – Choosing the Right Method

Tracking Techniques - Choosing the Right Method

There’s a reason Jack White’s music is tracked live and rarely tuned. There’s also a reason why Katy Perry overdubs her vocals and has them tuned and pocketed to perfection. And believe it or not, it doesn’t have to do with talent. In fact, one could objectively argue that Jack is just as talented at…

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The New Mac Pro – Future or Flop?

The New Mac Pro - Future or Flop?

Well, we’ve had some time to digest the Tootsie-Roll computer now known as the Mac Pro. I personally like Tootsie-Rolls better than grated cheese, so we’re off to a good start. But let’s talk about some of the options you have when it comes to a studio computer. You may be looking to upgrade or…

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