Category: Recording

Digital recording is the process of converting your music performance into a digital audio file on a computer. This is done using an analog to digital (A/D) converter, often called an interface. Recording is the bread and butter of the music production process and there are practically unlimited ways as to how it can be done. From everything to mic placement techniques to new gear and how to use it, our aim is to give you practical tips you can use to make better recordings in your studio. Generally, recording audio can be broken down into two categories: analog and digital. While digital is by far the most popular and cost effective today, some producers prefer to still record using older analog formats, like tape. They do this because they feel it makes a warmer, fuller sound. There is some truth to that claim, but digital recording still sounds good and is also in a state of evolution as high fidelity audio systems have become more commercially appealing and affordable. We hope to cover both types of recording for you, but will talk about digital recording primarily because it’s more prolific.

Top 10 Monitor Controllers

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Professional Recording in a Home Studio

  Quick Answer Creating a professional recording in a home studio comes down to setting up the room correctly, using the best introductory equipment, recording your signal to the proper level (at least -18dB), and recording your instruments in the correct order.  To start, ensure your room is sound-proofed. Professional Recording in a Home Studio […]

What’s the Difference Between Distortion and Saturation?

  Quick Answer Saturation, when talking about audio, is a combination of compression and distortion which is created from overloading the physical components of an electrical system.  Distortion, when talking about audio, is the altering of the shape of a waveform which creates a different tonality from that of the original waveform. The Difference Between […]

Top 9 Free Saturation Plugins

  PreBOX – Analog Obsession TubeAmp – Voxengo TUBA – Analog Obsession IVGI – Klanghelm TubeDriver – Nick Crow Lab Tomato Preamp – Roxolder Crush – Sleepycat Audio STEQ – Analog Obsession Tape Cassette – Caelum Audio Saturation has become an increasingly popular form of processing – probably due to how clean digital processing sounds.  […]

How to Create Depth and Width with Reverb and Delay

  Quick Answer Reverb and delay both create a sense of depth and width, adding a three-dimensional element to any mix or master.  Reverb and delay can be used to varies degrees, and with certain techniques to create depth and width during the mixing stage or music production. How to Create Depth and Width with […]

Take Your Samples to the Next Level

  Quick Answer You can improve the sound of your samples by adding specific processing to them, based on which type of sample you’re using and the effects they may already have on them.  Additionally, certain techniques such as midi-controlled samples and midi-effects can take your samples to a new level. Take Your Samples to […]

How to Produce a Song with Samples

  Source your Primary Sample from a Hi-Res Source Isolate the Sample or Samples Your Want to Use Set the correct tempo for your session and use time correction if needed Layer in Your Percussion Layer in All Additional Instrumentation and Vocals Mix and Master Your Project If you Plan on Releasing the Song, Handle […]

Top 10 Free Compressor Plugins

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Top 5 Compression Techniques

  Kick and Bass Ducking Full Mix and Vocal Ducking Parallel Compression Serial Compression Smooth Timbre & Transient Timbre Compression Compression can be an incredibly useful effect – its uses span from the purely technical, to the creative. Knowing how to use a compressor to its fullest potential means knowing some of the less obvious […]

How to Process Vocals Like a Pro

  Processing vocals like a pro consists of performing equalization, compression, distortion, as well as adding temporal processing such as reverb and delay.  Processing vocal like a pro as incorporates properly recording and editing your vocal, so that further processing can be performed in an effective way. Vocal processing isn’t an easy feat – it […]