Studio Basics

Using Unison Technology with Apollo Interfaces

Posted by Darrin Fox on February 27, 2014 1:21:02 PM PST

Unison™ technology is an audio processing breakthrough that starts right at the source — the input stage — allowing Apollo’s mic preamps to sound and behave like the world’s most sought-after tube and solid state preamps. Watch this video to learn how to set up Unison with your Apollo.

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Layering Guitars for Maximum Impact

Posted by Ken Lewis on September 24, 2013 11:02:39 AM PDT

When it comers to layering guitars, more isn't always better. There are many ways to craft your guitar tracks to yield a panorama of textures. Engineer/producer Ken Lewis details how you can add a whole new dimension to your tracks.

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The Subtle Art of Pitch Correction

Posted by Bobby Owsinski on June 17, 2013 9:58:52 AM PDT

Pitch correcting is faster and easier than ever, but you still need good fundamental technique to seamlessly pull it off. Here are some tips and tricks for correcting the pitch of any vocal or instrument.

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Comping Basics: Getting the Perfect Vocal Take

Posted by Bobby Owsinski on April 19, 2013 4:33:16 PM PDT

How do you capture that perfect vocal take for your project? One of the most widely used production techniques is to compile a master track of the best bits and pieces from a number of previous takes. Bobby Owsinski shows us how to make the comping process quick and easy.

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Mixing in Stereo: Adding Width and Depth to Your Recordings

Posted by Daniel Keller on November 16, 2012 10:55:42 AM PST

Modern stereo mixing has less to do with replicating real world conditions than with creating a good-sounding balance between various musical elements. Here are some helpful tracking and mixing techniques to create a deep, wide, and clear-sounding stereo recording.

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Thunderbolt Explained — What Does it Mean For Your Studio?

Posted by Craig Anderton on October 18, 2012 3:20:58 PM PDT

Intel’s new high-speed serial protocol provides ultra-fast data transfers for audio and video data streams. Read on to learn more about this groundbreaking technology and the potential it holds for studio workflow improvements, data transfer, and more.

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Ready, Set, Mix! Tips for Prepping Your Mixing Session

Posted by Bobby Owsinski on July 10, 2012 11:45:30 AM PDT

It’s time to mix, so let’s start to move some faders! Well, maybe not right away. If we really want a mix to go quickly and smoothly, there’s some preparation that needs to be done beforehand. Here's a look at the technical prep, session prep, and personal prep needed before diving into your latest mixing session. 

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Instrument Tuning Tips for Better Recordings

Posted by Daniel Keller on May 18, 2012 3:53:08 PM PDT

While you’ve been working hard and paying attention to the songs, the parts, the sounds, and all the other big-picture stuff, maybe something’s just ever so slightly out of tune. Tuning is one of the little things that can end up making a huge difference in the final quality of your recordings, so here are some final things to listen for before you start your first take.

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Setting Up a Headphone Mix for Your Recording Session

Posted by Bobby Owsinski on April 16, 2012 10:52:45 AM PDT

One of the things that separate a good engineer from a great one is the quality of the headphone mix that he or she provides for their musicians. So, here are a number of things to consider when creating your next headphone mix, especially as it pertains to singers.

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