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Plug-in Models – How do they do it?

Ever wonder how they get that plug-in to react just like the real-life counterpart? “We go through many iterations of measuring, listening, identifying strengths and weaknesses,” explains Waves’ Henis. “Sometimes algorithmic additions or changes will take place until the model and original are virtually...

Processing on the Way In

Ever consider processing on the way in? Sure, you can use external gear like a compressor to process your audio before it is recorded. This is actually pretty standard among experienced professionals. But what if you wanted to shake it up a little inside...

Easy Drum Replacement in Logic Pro X

Want to know how to easily replace or layer your drums in Logic Pro X? Check out this video to learn how!

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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!...

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...

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,...