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Category : In the Studio

01 Apr 2017

The Secret to a Smooth EP Master

When you’re mastering a single track, it can be challenging – but nowhere near as challenging as master an EP or album. With a single track, you’ve got to make sure it sounds balanced, even, and commercially competitive. But with a collection of songs, you’ve got to make sure they sound good together. There are a lot of ways to do this, but one technique seems to be the most consistent across the board: Choose a “reference” master. And no, […]

01 Apr 2017

Are You Developing the Hook for Better Recordings?

Name a piece of music. Chances are that you can sing, hum, or identify its “hook.” A hook is an incredibly important part of any recording. And if you’re not highlighting it in your production, you’re missing out. There are a lot of misconceptions about what a hook actually is, so let’s figure out how we can define a hook. Then we can figure out how to develop it and use it to our advantage in a production. A hook […]

29 Mar 2017

Shut Up and Mix

No one sets out to be an Audio Engineer without goals and dreams they wish to accomplish in mind. ¬†Goals, projects, and doing, are inherent to the term “engineer”. Wikipedia defines “Engineer” as, “a professional practitioner of engineering, concerned with applying scientific knowledge, mathematics, and ingenuity to develop solutions for technical, societal and commercial problems.” While we may not be using mathematics to solve societal and commercial problems, we certainly use knowledge of process to creatively (with ingenuity) accomplish a […]

27 Mar 2017

5 Reasons You Need to Record a “Scratch” Vocal

Whether you’re producing a song you wrote or working on somebody’s song, there are a few essential things you need. For example, you probably need a tempo. Things getting pretty messy when you decide not use set the tempo and use a click track of some kind. You’ll probably also need to check in on the key of the song. Unless, of course, you’re making techno music. (Kidding.) But one of the most important things you’ll need is a “scratch” […]

24 Mar 2017

Building In Dynamics for Your Productions

In today’s world of high-energy productions and a seemingly decreasing dynamic range, it can be tough to build contrast into your productions. And in case you’re not aware, contrast is what makes music exciting. If there was no contrast in music, you’d listen to a single pitch at the same velocity, rhythm, and pitch. Can you imagine how boring that would be? We do a pretty good job of using contrast in rhythm and pitch, but a pretty bad job […]

21 Mar 2017

Better Programmed Drums with this Tip

Unless you’ve got a great kit, a great room, and a great drummer, it’s tough to get great live drums. Oh, and don’t forget the great mics/pres and years of great experience. The list goes on… This shouldn’t be too shocking. Even if you don’t have all of these things, you can still get some good drum sounds by programming. Today’s sample libraries are absolutely incredible. And with a few special techniques, your programmed drums can come to life. Today, […]

13 Mar 2017

Creating Your Very Own Click Track

Last week, we talked about the importance of the click track. But what is equally as important as having a click? Having the right click. That’s right – there is certainly a way to have the wrong click. Having the wrong sound, coming in on the wrong subdivisions, or even just being unclear as to what the downbeat is, are all symptoms of a bad click. But there’s hope: you can make your own! It’s actually a lot easier than […]