Studio Acoustics & Soundproofing Basics
From better sound isolation to nuking resonant frequencies and other sonic anomalies that color what you’re hearing — rarely for the better — learn some practical tips to tune your room.
Audio Mastering Basics: Taking Your Music That Extra Step
No one will argue that digital technology has done much to empower musicians to take control over their recordings. Today’s artists are far less dependent on high-priced recording professionals, with many great-sounding projects having never even seen the inside of a recording studio.
Film Composer Hans Zimmer Scores Big with UAD Powered Plug-Ins
Hans Zimmer is one of the most prolific and compelling film composers in Hollywood. With more than 100 films and eight Academy Awards to his name, a short list of Zimmer's scores include the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Gladiator, The Lion King, The Da Vinci Code, Sherlock Holmes, The Last Samurai, Kung Fu Panda and The Dark Knight.
Using Multiband EQ to Fix Common Mix Problems
In the never-ending quest for the perfect mix, EQ is one of the oldest tools we have, and still one of the most powerful. Used in moderation, EQ can add clarity and definition to a crowded soundscape. Used with precision, it can remove offending sounds we wish we hadn’t captured. As a strategic tool, a bit of EQ can make all the difference needed to separate dueling guitars, scoop the mud from your drums or make a vocal shine.
The Origins of EMT Reverb
The creative use of ambience is a vital color in the audio engineer's palette. Learn how capturing ambience was pioneered, and how it evolved into a creative sonic tool with forward-thinking engineers and hardware innovations.
Engineer Extraordinaire Mike Shipley — Behind the Board for Maroon 5, Alison Krauss, and More
GRAMMY®-winner Mike Shipley is one of the music industry’s top mixers; his hit-making career spans over thirty years. He seldom grants interviews, so I was thrilled when he agreed to speak with me about how he uses UA hardware and UAD Powered Plug-ins. Born in Australia, Shipley moved to England as a teenager, and there became interested in recording.
5 Things You Need to Know About Mastering Your Music
The mastering engineer is the last step of the artistic phase, and the first step of the manufacturing phase. It’s the final opportunity to listen, polish, and make a change in the sonic presentation. It is also the first step of the manufacturing phase, because it prepares the master in the way that best suits the needs of the manufacturer. The goal is to listen to the broad picture; the actual content is immaterial. The mastering engineer is paying attention to EQ presentation, to level presentation, to dynamics presentation.
Audio Compression Basics
Compressors and limiters are specialized amplifiers used to reduce dynamic range — the span between the softest and loudest sounds. The use of compressors can make recordings and live mixes sound more polished by controlling maximum levels and maintaining higher average loudness. Additionally, many compressors — both hardware and software — will have a signature sound that can be used to inject wonderful coloration and tone into otherwise lifeless tracks.