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Music

Does your vocal have a comb-over?

This morning I was reviewing a couple of songs that someone had posted and one thing stood out like a sore thumb… the vocal. The problem was not that the singer didn’t have a great voice or the fact that … Continue reading

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A cool trick for dealing with bass vs kick

A cool trick posted by Dave Pensado… Multiband processing opens the way for all sorts of manipulations of sound. Dave shows how you can sidechain the bass using the kick but without setting the whole bass sound pumping. …Mike.  

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Graham Cochrane’s drum enhancement recipe

I seriously hope Graham doesn’t object to me posting about his posts so much but he says things so much better than I could. There is only so much I can do for you when I’m mastering so it’s in … Continue reading

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This is the way the future of computer recording should be

This is getting towards the way things should be for Windows 8 multi-touch in a recording/mixing/mastering environment. In this case the Acer T232HL bmidz is used laid down. Skip forward to 8:00 where he gets into Sonar. I would love … Continue reading

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Why “Radio Ready” does NOT mean “loud”

For anyone still labouring under the misapprehension that “Radio Ready” means a track needs to be mastered loud… Loudness means NOTHING on the radio – The Proof http://t.co/cWgfPLAeEm — Production Advice (@prodAdvice) January 1, 2014 Can’t put it much clearer … Continue reading

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What can you do if your microphone is bright yet dull?

A posting on Facebook by Bill Simpkins reminded me of a fairly common problem. Post by Audio Engineering Diaries – Bill Simpkins. He was reminding everyone that faders are the primary tool of achieving and manipulating the balance in the … Continue reading

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How to mix in 30 minutes

When I’m mastering I am aiming for a wide open sound. However there is only so much I can do and the results will be much better if it’s done by you during mixing so that I only need to … Continue reading

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Do you like the sound you are getting?

Graham Cochrane asks some great questions in this blog post http://therecordingrevolution.com/2013/08/09/3-questions-to-ask-before-hitting-the-record-button/ but the first one is the most important… “Do you like the sound you are getting?” Here’s an old dig at drummers by sound engineers but it is applicable in many cases … Continue reading

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It’s in the attack

Graham Cochrane has put together a great explanation of the attack principle. Hearing is a lot about detecting changes and adjusting attention and this is how to get your listeners to spot things in the mix without them being too … Continue reading

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Reference tracks

One of the most important techniques for producing great sounding records is frequent comparison to reference tracks. These are (usually commercial) recordings by other people that you are very familiar with. Each should represent something to aim for or something … Continue reading

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