Ok – so you’re looking for a way to get better mixes the first time around? Try this tip out! Dean Palya Jr wrote about using this while mixing on his blog. “It’s easy. Simply turn on your mix, walk out of the room, and leave the door cracked open ever so slightly. And listen. You’ll be amazed at how clearly you’re able to hear that your mix is either completely unbalanced or perfectly harmonious. This trick works best when […]
We looked at managing big mixes in yesterday’s post. But bigger isn’t always better. There are certainly times where a smaller track count can be even more powerful than a massive and polished mix. The key is knowing when to use either method. That’s what we’re looking through today. 5 Times a Smaller Production is Better: 1. When you’re trying to convey intimacy. If the lyrics are intimate, the production should be as well. Support the song by giving it […]
If you’re into alternative instruments and new ways of creating cool sounds, you’ll love this video! Produced by Native Instruments to promote their Maschine Mikro product, the video features Jeremy Ellis performing on the unit. My favorite part comes about halfway through when he starts playing DJ-like scratch samples. It actually sounds like he is scratching a record – check it out!
Ever thought about the impact that new instruments can have on the music we create? Or maybe how important new technology is in our productions? “It’s hard to overstate the importance of new musical instruments in history. The piano’s dynamic range allowed for a subtlety in composition previously unimagined. The modern drum set paved the way for jazz. Rock and roll would not have happened without the electric guitar. As composer Edgard Varese put it in 1936, ‘It is because […]
We usually spend time talking about technical goals, tips, tricks, and techniques to make your productions better. But that doesn’t mean that is the only way to make better productions. Sometimes, being more focused on the creativity behind it is the best way to improve your productions. Which brings us to this topic on artistry – understanding how you would like your production to be experienced and what the audience should feel when they hear your music. If you can […]
Easily the greatest set of animations I’ve ever seen, animagraffs has put together an amazing long graphic animating the core aspects of sound. How sound works. How Speakers work. Beautifully drawn and animated, and with understandable descriptions. Even if you’ve been engineering for years, odds are good this will teach you something, or make you look at some aspect of sound differently. Click here to see the full page.
It’s probably safe to assume that you’ve at least heard that the Winter Olympics are going on right now in Sochi, Russia. Many of you are probably enjoying the games and cheering on your athletes as they compete for the gold. One of my favorite parts of the Olympics broadcast is the mini-interview/documentaries they do on each of the athletes. Some of them have overcome great obstacles, some enjoy training in Hawaii, and some have even succeeded in more than […]
Want to get better at recording music in you sleep? Well, this tip isn’t going to help you do that (in fact, is it possible to get better at anything in your sleep?). But this tip will do something amazing – help you to get better at recording just about any other time of day! Yep, that’s right – as long as you’re awake and conscious, you have the opportunity to infinitely improve your producing, writing, recording, engineering, mixing, and […]
Record clocks can be a fun way to 1) build something, and 2) make your studio look even cooler. Check out how to do it in just a few easy steps in this article! http://www.instructables.com/id/Record-Clock-1/#step1 Here’s a fun tidbit of information to go along with studio clocks… If you’ve ever been in a commercial studio, you may have noticed the lack of clocks. Why is this? A simple reason, really. Why would the studio, which is charging on a per […]
As we prepare to welcome in the New Year, it’s a great time to talk about your new sounds. If you’ve ever felt like you’re in a rut, there’s really no alternative solution. New sounds can liven up your productions and make your music sound fresh. But how in the world are you supposed to find the inspiration to create new sounds? What can you do to infuse that fresh new aspect in your boring average recordings? The answer, my […]