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The Record is an ongoing series of articles written by Recording Arts Canada's staff of mentors.

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10 May

Creating a Big Room Sound with Plugins

A lot of modern recording sessions don’t take place at big budget studios like they once had. These days, it is hardly a limitation any more, compared to when consumer recording interfaces first hit the market.

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15 Apr

Evoking Emotions in Music: Rage

Rage is defined by the Cambridge Dictionary as extreme or violent anger. It is the result of stimulating a stress response in the body, whether it is a violent outburst or quietly seething anger.

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08 Apr

Mixing Bass Guitar: Pro Tips

I recently shared some tips for sound engineers working with a bass guitar on how to adapt their tracking techniques to different playing styles.

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03 Apr

Top 10 Reverb Plugins for Music Production

The use of reverb helps to create space and depth within a mix. It's an invaluable tool because it creates an environment for the vocalist/instrumentalist to live in. Your choice of reverb has a huge influence on the vibe and spatial chemistry of your track.

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02 Apr

Tracking Bass Guitar: Tips to Improve Your Process

The bass guitar is easily one of the most versatile sonic instruments there is before you even get to the processing stage of a production.

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27 Mar

Problem Areas When Equalizing Vocals

Mixing the lead vocal track is often considered the most difficult part of a production. It’s usually the absolute focus and forefront of the song and it can set the tone for the quality of the recording. A great vocal track can make an otherwise mediocre album pop and come to life.

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20 Mar

Understanding Proximity Effect

One of the most important skills to learn as a tracking engineer is the fine art of microphone placement. Getting a great sound takes a lot more work than just dropping a mic in a room and pointing it at what you want to record.

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12 Mar

Optimizing Your Room for Pro Vocals

There can be a lot of variables that shift around from session to session when it comes to pro vocal recordings. The microphone, preamp, position, and voice selection will all switch up depending on the aesthetic of the song.

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10 Mar

The Colourful World of Microphone Preamps

An often overlooked consideration of a recording chain is the brand of pre-amplifier you decide to use when bringing your signals up to a usable level. I spend just as much time considering this as I do when selecting the microphones I will use.

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05 Mar

Common Mistakes that Make Mixing Harder

Whether you're a sound engineer or musician, it is very important to consider the journey that a production goes through from start to finish before hitting record.

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