Category : Interesting

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 […]

17 Apr 2017

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!

17 Apr 2017

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 purchase your first machine. Don’t be fooled by the word “pro,” however, because in terms of project studio computers, this may not be your best […]

17 Apr 2017

What’s The Best DAW For _______?

I get this question almost as much as any other – what’s the best DAW for (fill in the blank). MIDI. Comping Vocals. Drum Replacement. Plug-ins. Audio Editing. It’s really a toss up – just about every DAW on the market today is incredible at all of these tasks. But that answer doesn’t usually satisfy. So here is my list of DAWs and tools that I use regularly and what I like to use them for. Pro Tools. Obviously. I […]

17 Apr 2017

New Avid Control surfaces? #MixingRedefined

Well they’re back teasing us with the hint of a new Pro Tools Control Surface. After the introduction of their new mixing console last year, I can’t say I’m too surprised that they might be doing a studio version of it. Then again, we just sold our Pro Control because it was incompatible with 11…though we got over 10 good years out of it. What do you think? What price point would get your attention and hard earned dollars? How […]

16 Apr 2017

Keeping Your Schedule Clear To Boost Creativity

It seems like we’re constantly trying to get something done. Maybe its cleaning the gutters, washing the car, taking the dog for a walk… the list goes on and on. We’re lucky if we get to schedule a day, or even and evening, to just work on making music. So when the opportunity comes up, we jump at it with an ambitious to do list. “Write a song, program the drums, mix the vocals in, master a different song, record […]

15 Apr 2017

Learning From Seurat – Making Better Music

Last week I visited an awesome art museum. And guess what – I actually learned something that applies to music! I’m sure you’ve seen this painting before – George Seurat’s masterpiece, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. (You’ll know it when you see it!) It’s apparently a groundbreaking work in the art community, but there is something interesting about this work and how it was completed. And learning how he did it can actually help you […]