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Two FREE Plug-Ins You Need to Have

Posted by Robb Krysl

Feb 26, 2015 11:19:00 AM

In the world of professional audio there is always a new piece of equipment or software hitting the market and most of the time that comes with a hefty price tag. Thats why it's always good to look around and see what free plug-ins have been released since they are a great way to expand your capabilities without spending any cash. Free plug-ins can have their drawbacks though. Sometimes they are demo versions so they don't save settings, or they are watered down in functionality. Klanghelm on the other hand has two amazing free plug-ins that are not only nice to look at, but sound amazing! 

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Topics: Compression, Software Tools, Plug-Ins, Effects Processors

Creating a Professional and Accurate Home Studio Space

Posted by Robb Krysl

Feb 24, 2015 3:31:59 PM

Technology has opened the door for more and more individuals to create, record and mix their own music at home rather than paying for a dedicated studio space. Although this is great for the pocketbook, it can be a challange to hear the project accurately as bedrooms are not designed to be accurate listening environments like a control room in a professional studio facility is. Here at Pinnacle College we believe in the power of educating so much that we wrote the book on "Home Studio Control Room Setup". This comprehensive eBook will guide you through the steps necessary to create a more accurate and professional listening/workspace.

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Topics: Home Studios, Ebooks, How To Guides, Acoustics, Monitoring, Critical Listening, DIY

How to Create the Baxandall EQ Curve in Pro Tools

Posted by Josh Hayword

Feb 19, 2015 12:16:27 PM

One subject that a lot of novice engineers and producrs don't dive deep into is EQ curves. There are a variety of ways to utilize EQ and one very useful and musical EQ curve in particular tends to get overlooked, the Baxandall Curve. Do you find that when you EQ a sound it  either gets brittle, harsh or undefined? If so, the Baxandall is for you!

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Topics: Mixing, Pro Tools, How To Guides, Sound Design, Music Production, Audio Engineering

Music Education: An In-depth Look at Beats Per Minute (BPM)

Posted by Josh Hayword

Feb 17, 2015 12:30:00 PM

BPM or Beats Per Minute is the tempo or speed of a given piece of music. BPM can affect both the mood of a song and the difficulty of the production. By paying careful attention to the BPM or Tempo of the music, you will be able to better communicate the emotions of the song as well as create a groove. This means your song will not only sound more finished and professional, but come together during the production process faster and easier. Time saved is money saved!  

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Topics: Music Education, Tempo, BPM

Mastering and Mixing - Tips to Improve your Mastering Skills and Results

Posted by Dan Heck

Feb 12, 2015 12:30:00 PM

Mastering and Mixing are two seperate and very different processes. A lot of projects can suffer from being mastered by someone who doesn't necessarily have the experience to master properly. By following the tips in this post you will be better prepared for your next project. You will be able to make better educated decisions about mastering the project which means a more professional product in the end even if you master the project yourself. 

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Topics: mixing and mastering

Commitment Issues when Recording: EQ and Compression During Tracking

Posted by Robb Krysl

Feb 5, 2015 12:30:00 PM


One question I hear frequently from students and novice engineers is, "Should I record with or without eq and compression?" Often times people are looking for a clearcut answer or rule so they don't make a mistake, unfortunately, everyone makes mistakes and there are no rules in the Recording Studio except keep the client happy and don't break anything! There are two common opinions about this question, which we will explore in this post. However, from my point of view there is only one answer.   

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Topics: Audio Engineering and Recording Tips, Committing to a sound

Working with Pro Tools: Save Functions

Posted by Jason Kwan

Feb 3, 2015 12:30:00 PM

When working with any DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) it is extremely important to make sure sessions are saved properly and include all necessary files. This applies not only with DAWs but really with any type of computer software. Without the appropriate files you wouldn’t be able to complete your job properly.


In a previous article we covered file organization in Pro Tools. It is important to understand the purpose of the Pro Tools Sessions folder and to ensure that all necessary files are saved within this folder. Proper file management is very important within the studio now that many of sessions are conducted in a DAW. Missing files in a session can become a headache very quickly, and can be quite consuming to fix.

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Topics: Pro Tools

Safe Sound Levels...How Loud is too Loud?

Posted by Jeb Lipson

Jan 29, 2015 12:30:00 PM

We work with audio and sound all day long, year in and year out. It's shocking how little knowledge many people in our profession have regarding safe sound pressure levels to avoid hearing loss. Listening habits will eventually take a toll on our ability to hear properly. By understanding some basics about hearing safety we can take some steps to make sure our hearing stays intact all through our career!


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Topics: Music Education, niosh, safe sound levels, Audio Engineering and Recording Tips

Important Things to Remember when Recording Drums

Posted by Josh Hayword

Jan 27, 2015 12:30:00 PM

One of the most popular questions we hear in the Recording Engineer courses here at Pinnacle next to how do you get a great guitar sound, is how do you get a huge drum sound. Like everything else in industry, it all starts at the source meaning how you recorded it. Taking the time to get the sound right at the source means better sounding recordings, less processing should be needed and your mixes will come together quickly and easily!

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Topics: rejection angles, Music Education, How To Guides, Audio Engineering, recording drums, Audio Engineering and Recording Tips

Build Your Own Studio Gear: DIY Audio Equipment

Posted by Robb Krysl

Jan 22, 2015 12:30:00 PM

There are tons of equipment manufacturers out there today coming up with new products all the time. How would you like to build your own audio equipment for a fraction of the cost of buying it pre-built? Well, you're in luck! In the last decade there has been a surge in new companies who design audio equipment and sell it fairly cheaply to the customer who then assembles the gear. This is the world of Do It Yourself audio equipment. 

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Topics: studio gear, DIY, audio equipment

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