Category : Interesting

23 Apr 2017

What an SSD Can Do For Your System

Are you tired of a slow performing computer? Nothing is worse – I can assure you – than trying to work on a machine that is just…too…..slow….. But what can you do? If you’re not in the position to drop thousands on a new machine and dump the old, but still want to have a better machine to work with for your audio projects, the solution might be (relatively) simple. SSD. Solid State Drive. They’re fast, they’re incredible, and they’re […]

21 Apr 2017

Who Wants a Free Plug-in???

Interested in free stuff? We always are. That’s why we’re super excited every time Native-Instruments puts out a free plug-in. They’ve done it before with Driver, and luckily they’ve done it again with a new Tube Compressor Emulator. Visit this link to grab your free copy – only until December 31st, 2013! With this awesome piece of software, you’ll be amazed at what you can do. After testing it out on a few different tracks, here’s what we found: My […]

19 Apr 2017

Getting a Great Lead Guitar Tone

There’s a lot of ways to get a great lead guitar tone. We go over it in just about ever genre in our training series. But the truth is, if you’re stuck, just give Michael Winslow a call and get your SM58 ready to go!  

19 Apr 2017

Evolution of Music

Chills, people. Chills. It’s pretty incredible how far we’ve come. Just listening to the progression from the 60s to today, we as engineers, producers, and musicians have come up with some incredible art. Hope this inspires you to hit the studio today and crank out a masterpiece! Also, Pentatonix is pretty incredible – thanks for making this video for us all to enjoy!

19 Apr 2017

Happy Thanksgiving! What Are You Thankful For?

We’ve all got a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Whether you’re gearing up for an incredibly filling dinner or a family reunion, chances are you’re going to be recognizing all of the things you’re thankful for. The list usually starts with important things that are close to you: family, friends, faith, protection, shelter, etc. These are great things to be thankful for and they should be at the top of your list. But here’s one more thing that […]

18 Apr 2017

Stock Plugins & Snowflakes: The Secret to Making Something Out Of Nothing

Snowflakes are pretty cool. Especially close up. The coolest thing is that every one is unique. Just like a song. But without certain photography tools, we would never be able to really appreciate the nuances and beauty of these flakes. In the same way, we can’t always appreciate a great song without a great recording to showcase it. But you’ll be surprised what we can learn from a Russian photographer who took some pretty amazing pictures with a pretty crazy […]

18 Apr 2017

Want To Get Better Faster?

There’s only one way to get better at anything – especially engineering and producing music. I’m sure you’ve heard it before, but maybe not quite like this. Practicing is everything, but Geoffrey Colvin offers an interesting insight that could take your game up – and fast. I had the opportunity to see Colvin, the Senior Editor of Fortune Magazine, speak a few weeks ago. He was a brilliant speaker – the title of his speech (and new book) is “Talent […]

18 Apr 2017

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 indistinguishable. The basic qualities we evaluate first are those of frequency response, linearity and THD [Total Harmonic Distortion]. Phenomena considered to be side-effects, such as noise and hum, have a critical effect on how a signal […]

17 Apr 2017

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 with a $400 budget. But did you know there’s actually something you can learn from this madness? That’s right – by watching one of these […]

17 Apr 2017

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 music listener. “Louder sounds better” is the common phrase. Also, with the way that people listen to music, more compressed and louder tracks seem to […]