Studio Basics

Instrument Tuning Tips for Better Recordings

Posted by Daniel Keller on May 18, 2012 10:53:08 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 5:52:45 PM 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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Cable Glossary: Common Connections in Your Studio

Posted by Daniel Keller on March 8, 2012 7:41:28 PM PST

In the world of multichannel audio, connectivity has always been one of those subjects that’s often glossed over, but is too important to ignore. Here's a rundown of some of the current array of common connections and protocols that you'll find in your studio.

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Modulation Effects: Flanging, Phase Shifting, and More

Posted by Bobby Owsinski on February 6, 2012 10:37:47 PM PST

Phase shifting, flanging, and chorusing are pretty standard pieces in every engineer’s effects arsenal today, but while they may seem to offer a similar effect, they’re certainly not the same. By the end of this article you can win studio bets by what you know about phase shifting, flanging, and chorusing, as well as a little bit of doubling and the Haas Effect thrown in.

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Top 8 Mixing Mistakes and How To Avoid Them

Posted by Daniel Keller & Pete Doell on October 19, 2011 10:29:30 PM PDT

Even expert mastering engineers can only accomplish so much, and it’s largely dependent on the raw materials they’re given to work with. With that in mind, here’s a look at some of the top mistakes people make in preparing their mix for mastering, according to Pete Doell, a veteran engineer of Universal Mastering Studios West.

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Analog Tape Recording Basics

Posted by Daniel Keller on August 16, 2011 12:13:06 AM PDT

These days, owning an analog tape machine is somewhat akin to driving a classic car, with ongoing maintenance, scarcity of parts, and exotic fuel (analog tape) that's expensive and hard to find. So while a handful of top studios still offer those classic spinning reels (and the engineers to maintain them), the good news for the rest of us is that there are now more convenient ways to achieve that classic magnetic sound.

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Understanding Audio Phase and Correcting Issues

Posted by Daniel Keller on June 21, 2011 10:43:03 PM PDT

Has your mix ever sounded “not quite right?" You might be experiencing phase cancellation, a phenomenon that makes certain frequencies vanish from your mix. This Studio Basics article will help you understand phase — what it is, why it matters, and what it means to be out of it.

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Mid-Side (MS) Mic Recording Basics

Posted by Daniel Keller on May 24, 2011 5:51:46 PM PDT

When most people think of stereo recording, the first thing that comes to mind is a matched pair of microphones, arranged in a coincident (XY) pattern. But while XY microphone recording is the most obvious method, it's not the only game in town. The Mid-Side (MS) microphone technique offers some dramatic advantages—a malleable stereo field, and true mono compatibility.

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Understanding Audio Data Compression: MP3s, AACs, and more

Posted by Daniel Keller on April 25, 2011 9:12:32 PM PDT

Data compression schemes like MP3, FLAC, AAC, and other relatives have fundamentally changed music as we know it. Daniel Keller breaks down the different formats, and how data compression can change the music you make, and how you listen to it.

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