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.

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

  10. SlamPup – Beatskills 9. Yala – Analog Obsession 8. Clip Shifter – LVC Audio 7. Couture – Auburn Sounds 6. DC1A – Klanghelm 5. Varimoon – Analog Obsession 4. Loudmax – Thomas Mundt 3. Kotelnikov Mastering Compressor – Tokyo Dawn Records 2. RoughRider 3 – Audio Damage 1. Frontier – DC16 Audio Group […]

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 […]

What is Stereo Imaging?

  Quick Answer Stereo Imaging is the manipulation of a signal within a 180-degree stereo field, for the purpose of creating a perception of locality within that field.  Stereo imaging is used during tracking, mixing, and mastering and is used to create a sense of space for the listener. Stereo Imaging in Detail Stereo imaging […]

Top 10 Affordable Audio Interfaces

    Quick Answer 10. RME Babyface Pro 24-channel USB Audio Interface 9. Roland Studio-Capture USB Audio Interface 8. TASCAM Celesonic US-20×20 USB 3.0 Audio Interface 7. PreSonus Studio 1810c USB-C Audio Interface 6. Peavey PV 6 v2 Mixer with USB 5. Universal Audio Apollo Twin MKII SOLO 10×6 Thunderbolt Audio Interface with UAD DSP […]

Top 10 Free Eq Plugins

    Quick Answer, in No Particular Order EQ1A: Mellowmuse TinyQ: lkjb PTEq-1A: Ignite Labs PTEq-X: Ignite Labs QRange: lkjb LCF: Analog Obsession Rare: Analog Obsession SonEQ: Sonimus  Overtone GEQ: Voxengo Marvel GEQ: Voxengo Top 10 Free Eq Plugins in Detail All of the plugins on this list are completely free and can be easily […]

What is a Recording Engineer?

    Quick Answer A recording engineer is responsible for recording during the tracking and overdub sessions of the recording process.  A recording engineer needs to have a comprehensive understanding of acoustics, tape machine or DAW operation, gain staging, mic placement, and microphone types, and the studio gear used for recording. What is a Recording […]

What is a Music Producer?

    Quick Answer A Music Producer contributes at least one of the following to the production of a song, EP, or album: Overview and organization, music performance, tracking, mixing and effects processing, and coaching and inspiration.  Being a music producer means knowing how you can positively affect the music production process. What is a […]