Here’s an professional engineer’s inside tip, monitor your mix at a low level. Many established producers and engineers know that this trick helps them get a better sounding final master for two reasons…
If you’re ever in a place where you need to cut out some background noise in a track, or have an effect apply only to the louder part of a track, gating is your best bet. Gating allows you to set a dynamic threshold as an on/off switch for an effect. The most popular use of gating is with a noise gate, where everything below a dynamic threshold automatically has a gain of zero. Here’s a more in-depth explanation of gating and how you can use it.
For Logic Pro users, there are always new recording, mixing and mastering techniques that can be incorporated to better project workflow. To make the most of Apple’s flagship audio software, these three resources are a great way learn those techniques for producers who are only scratching the surface on Logic Pro’s potential.
Some indie producers have rediscovered cassette as a medium for adding analog color into their mix. While this is, for the most part, not the best way to add warmth to digital recordings, there are some cool effects that can be had by incorporating an cassette deck insert into your workflow.
One of the ways the music production world is most rapidly changing is through the proliferation of incredibly powerful and beautiful sample libraries. There’s no place this change is more felt than with orchestras, where even the most expensive sample libraries pale in cost comparison to that of recording with live musicians. Here are some more of the best orchestral sample libraries you should check out.
One of the biggest money-saving technologies of the modern digital recording age is the use of high end instrument samples. Whereas traditional composers would have been prohibited to produce music within a budget of who they can afford to hire and record, now an entire orchestral track of music can be produced with samples costing less than a one hour recording session with a live group of musicians. Here are some of the best orchestral sample libraries available.
As yet another step in the world of accessibility in home recording, the UK’s National Philharmonia Orchestra has made thousands of recorded instrument samples of their orchestra available for free online. Each instrument in the standard orchestra, along with multiple percussion patches, can be downloaded directly from their website.
Following up on our last post on the basic technical rules of vocal recording, here are three basics for getting the best performance from your singer. A better performance makes for a better recording and, ultimately, a better mix and master. Stick to these principles and you’ll be on the right track to getting a great sound.
While there are endless ways to record vocals, it’s actually not that tricky to get a good, clean recording from a singer. Here are three basic tips for recording vocals that are easy and will almost always get you a great sound.
Berklee College of Music is now offering free eBooks on various subjects in professional music. With articles written by instructors in Berklee’s online education program , the handbooks are full of great information. Here’s an overview of the content offered and how you can sign up to get it.