Category: Studio Gear

In the world of recording that is constantly changing and evolving, it is important to stay up to date on the technology and gear that is available. Doing this will ensure that the music that you are creating and/or producing is keeping up with the competition and sounding its best. This section outlines optimal gear, instruments, software, and anything else that you as an artist or engineer will need to stay up to date in the music industry.

Top 10 De-Essers

Sibilance…Right when you think you may have made the right adjustments on your EQ and set the compressor just so, a sharp, harsh “s” jumps from your speakers. It seems that without a drastic cut within the ranges of 2-10 kHz your perfect take may not end up so perfect after all. Even then, such […]

Top 10 Mastering Software DAWs

Mixing and mastering can be done with analog and digital workflows. Often the choice of which to go with comes down to user preferences, cost, and desired features of a system. The digital systems available to us today for mixing and mastering can support more tracks and more processing than many large-format consoles, making them […]

Top 10 Compressor Plugins

No audio toolbox would be complete without a compressor. They are some of the most versatile pieces of gear with complex and simplistic functions alike. Coloration, check…dynamic control, check…mix glue, check. Varied circuit designs in analog compressors make certain models better for one task than another and with the design of digital compressors, choosing the […]

What You Need to Know About the SSL and 1176 Compressors

  The SSL and 1176 compressors have been wildly popular since their inception.  That’s why it’s so surprising that two of their most unique characteristics have often gone without mention. If you’ve used these compressors, or intend to do so in the future, read along to know some strange but incredibly important facts about how […]

10 Free Plugins To Improve Your Mix Before Mastering – Sage Audio

While many engineers dream of owning racks of gear and endless plugins, the reality is, we often only need to start with a few pieces of equipment and some free plugins.  Lucky for us, there are all sorts of free plugins that can help improve a mix. Here’s a list of some free plugins that can […]

Top 7 Mastering Limiter Plugins

As mastering engineers, we have all heard people describe our job as “making it louder”. We adjust gain levels, we use compression, and we limit to achieve these results. To a listener, it is louder and reaching for the volume adjustment becomes less of a necessity. To us, it is a careful combination of tools […]

Top 10 Analog Mix Bus Compressors

Mix-bus compression has been used in countless recordings. We all like a punchy mix that sounds cohesive, and mix-bus compressors have achieved this for many engineers. Applying this technique to your own mixes can be challenging. There are tons of compressors available, but they are not all created equally. Here are some popular choices for […]

Tape Emulation

As audio engineers we live in a very exciting time. The capabilities and quality of the digital audio domain continue to expand and improve at unprecedented rates. High quality recordings are more affordable than ever to make. The commercial studio business is on the downfall, while home/project/mobile studio professionals and hobbyist are on the rise. […]

5 Great Ribbon Mics Pt. 2

To complete our list of five great ribbon mics, we’ll take a look at models from Shure, AEA and Audio-Technica and see how some manufacturers have updated the classic ribbon mic design and sound, while others have taken to reproducing the tones of their predecessors.

5 Great Ribbon Mics Pt. 1

Getting a killer mix and master starts with a great recording. Using the right mic plays a big role in getting that recording. Ribbon mics are great for their smooth tones and warm mid-range. Here are some top models worth investing in.