There are some rappers out there who may buy a beat or backing track, take that to the studio, and want to record vocals over it. They find producers or composers who have built a library of different beats that can be purchased, and select a number of tracks they want to write raps for.
I recently had the pleasure of recording trumpet tracks at Beach House Studios with Chris Barrett on some Americana blues songs written by Phil Austin, and I decided to have a little mic shootout between the Neumann U87 and the Oktava MKL 2500.
Getting a great drum sound when recording starts with having a great sounding drum kit.
I just finished mastering a great track (Interstellar) for Swedish house producer Hampus Cannerfors (Limerant), and it was an incredibly fun project to work on.
If you are a musician, or a mixing or mastering engineer, you know your ears and your hearing are precious to you. EarPeace earplugs can help protect your hearing and preserve your career.
Here are some quick and easy steps to prepare an Ableton Live session for a mix engineer.
For everyone who ever wondered what Daniel Lanois’ vocal chain was on some of the amazing records he has been a part of, here is a quick look into his approach and gear.
Anyone who has ever set up a home or project recording studio, or even a temporary on-location mix and recording solution knows the challenges that arise from the natural acoustics in untreated rooms. Undesirable flutter echo, comb filtering, frequency nulls and boosts can wreak havoc on your tracking and mixing process.
This is a quick tip that will make recording guitar and bass worry free. No matter what mic technique you use, this is a great way to avoid any headaches when you get to the production and mixing stages.
With the many affordable home recording solutions available to today’s musician, many artists are choosing to record their own albums and singles. When the task of recording and editing the resulting session is done, you may decide to turn over the mixing to someone else. This poses the question: How to choose a mix engineer?
A few easy tips on how to prepare your session for a mix engineer, and manage your project expectations.
Most engineers are in the practice of referencing finished songs they know and love while working on new mixes in the studio. This is often done prior to mixing in order to “tune” your ears to the room, but also during or near the end of the mix itself so that you can be sure that you are hitting your mark of clarity and dynamic energy.
You have dreamed of this for years, worked on writing your songs, practiced and prepared, and now you are ready for your first time in a recording studio. What is the process? What should you expect? What do you need to know?
There are a lot of expensive plugin emulations that you can buy from Waves, UAD, or other plugin developers to recreate the classic sound of the beloved 1176, and LA2A compressor units.
As audio engineers we all have our favorite DAWs and our favorite plugins that we tend to use in every mix.