Category : Tech Tips and Tricks

19 May 2017

Begin to Master Ableton Live: MIDI Recording and Groove Quantization

If you’re a producer, you need a deep understanding of groove. Fortunately, Ableton Live enables you to capture your ideas anytime by recording MIDI with your laptops Qwerty Keyboard! And just in case your groove gets thrown off by the click-clack of your computer keys, Falcone shows us how to use our Ears and Groove Quantization to bring it all back.

13 Apr 2017

One Plugin for Every Tracking Session

Tracking sessions can be awkward.  Especially vocal tracking sessions.  For bands, sometimes the only way to make everyone’s schedules align is to send the vocalist into the booth right after you finish tracking guitars.  (My normal flow is as follows: scratch guitars & tempo mapping, drums, real guitars, bass, keys/etc, and finally vocals.) I’ve noticed a pattern emerge when comparing projects where I get to edit and mix all of the instruments first before tracking vocals against projects where the […]

12 Apr 2017

54+ Reasons to Buy a Gaming Keyboard

54+ Reasons to Buy a Gaming Keyboard.  I hit the Macro Record button, followed by the macro I wanted to assign it to, in this case, G9, typed the title for this post, then pressed the Macro Record button again.  Then, to begin this article, I simply pressed G9 and it typed exactly what I did the first time.  Watch, I’ll do it again. 54+ Reasons to Buy a Gaming Keyboard Yes, in this instance I could have just hit copy/paste, but why do […]

06 Apr 2017

The Best Software Purchase You’ll Ever Make

For years Pro Tools has been regarded as the industry standard DAW, and understandably so.  Though my opinion could be biased, it seems to me that everything I look for and want in a DAW, it does. Any tool, any trick, it can do.  Any shortcut, it has it.  From user interface to logical navigability, all is as it should be. Outside the pool of “believers” there is always grumbling. I often hear, “Pro Tools crashes too much!”   In […]

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 […]

07 Mar 2017

Is This Analog Yet?

The vast majority of producers, engineers, artists, and audio gurus will agree, for most genres, analog sounds better.  Whatever that means.  Mics with tubes or FET circuitry and preamps with rows of tubes and power supplies the size of small dogs tend to just make everything sound bigger.  Tracking to literal tape, provided everything done pre-tape, meaning the performances, mic placements, and preamp levels, are all executed flawlessly, can make a very warm mix.  But it’s also real tape; it’s […]