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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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02 Mar

Are your Mixes Loud Enough?

Do you often find yourself replaying your mixes and find them flat compared to other radio finished songs? If this sounds familiar, then your mixes may not be loud enough. 

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25 Feb

Entry-Level Audio Interfaces Worth Checking Out

The audio interface, a central hub of connectivity in any budding home studio, is a crucial starter piece of equipment.

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20 Feb

Cable Management for Beginners: Tips and Tricks for your Production Stage

Managing cable lines, while an entirely fundamental concept, is a step in production

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12 Feb

iZotope Trash 2 Distortion Plug-in Review

Dating back 15 years ago, iZotope released its renowned plugin Trash, only to wait 10 years for releasing its new version of Trash 2 at the end of 2012. Why is this plugin recognized and used by engineers and sound designers? Let’s take a look.

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07 Feb

Home Studio Layout: Vocal Tracking for Under $1000

Building a home studio is a common dream for any music creator or audio enthusiast. Today we will break down two common setups that homeowners will commonly have for vocal tracking while working with a $1000 budget.

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06 Feb

Beginners Guide to Listening Levels

Imagine completing your latest project after a long day of mixing, cranking the volume knob up to 10 and appreciating your hard day’s work. Who doesn’t love blaring their speakers to an awesome mix once in awhile?

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