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.
Studio Monitor Placement — Finding the “Sweet Spot”
Of all the components that make up your studio environment, the two most important for producing high-quality mixes have to be, 1) your ears and 2) your near-field monitors. More specifically, the proper placement of these key components within your room will make all the difference in achieving accurate mixes that will sound good on the widest range of systems.
Where to Begin — 10 UAD Powered Plug-Ins Every New UAD-2 User Should Own
With all of the compressors and limiters, EQs, special processors, chorus and delays, and reverbs available from UA’s Online Store, we know that many new users look at the vast array of UAD plug-ins available and think, "Which should I use? Where do I start?"
Stereo Miking Techniques for Recording Acoustic Guitar
If you ask a handful of engineers how they approach recording acoustic guitars, you’re likely to get at least a handful of different answers (provided they’re willing to divulge). This is because so many factors play a part in capturing an acoustic guitar: the room, playing style, body size, recording environment, the player’s skill level, etc. All things considered however, most engineers will tell you the real secret to recording acoustic guitar is simple: stereo miking.
The Cooper Time Cube
The CTC was noted for its uncanny ability to always sit perfectly in the mix and was used on many hit records, such as “Tell Me Something Good” by Rufus and “Low Rider” by War, for its spectacular short delay and doubling effects. Since its early discontinuation, the CTC has grown a very strong cult following and finds a home in such prestigious studios as Blackbird and Sunset Sound.
Total Harmonic Distortion
THD stands for Total Harmonic Distortion and can be used to estimate the degree to which a system is nonlinear. A THD measurement can be made by applying a sine wave as an input to a system, and measuring the total energy which appears at the output of the system at harmonics of the input frequency.
Mastering with the UAD-2
This video demonstrates using UA's Precision Mastering series plug-ins, along with some of the Precision Mix series plug-ins, to master a track.
Optimizing Your UAD's Performance for Logic Pro
First let me introduce myself. I’m Dan Becker, the Mac Support Guy (MSG??!!). Probably one of the most common email questions I receive in the ol' Mac Support email box regards the use of the UAD products with Logic Pro. So let’s look at how to maximize performance of your UAD products with this popular host application!