What You Should Know Before You Buy A Beat

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. Read More

Recording Trumpet: What Mic to Use

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. Read More

Drum Tuning Bible

Getting a great drum sound when recording starts with having a great sounding drum kit. Read More

Mastering: Limerant – Interstellar

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. Read More

EarPeace Earplug Review – Protect Your Ears

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. Read More

How to Prepare an Ableton Live Session for a Mix Engineer

Here are some quick and easy steps to prepare an Ableton Live session for a mix engineer. Read More

Daniel Lanois’ Vocal Chain

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. Read More

GIK Acoustics Review (Easy Acoustic Treatment)

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. Read More

Recording Guitar and Bass With a Signal Splitter

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. Read More

How to Choose a Mix Engineer

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? Read More

10 Tips to Prepare Your Session for a Mix Engineer

A few easy tips on how to prepare your session for a mix engineer, and manage your project expectations. Read More

Magic AB Review – Simple Referencing While Mixing

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. Read More

Your First Time in a Recording Studio

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? Read More

Logic Pro 1176 and LA2A Compressor Emulations

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. Read More

Waves CLA Vocals Review

As audio engineers we all have our favorite DAWs and our favorite plugins that we tend to use in every mix. Read More

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