How To Build A Professional Mac OS Based Computer System for Audio

Posted by Robb Krysl on Jul 30, 2015 2:30:00 PM

Custom Built MAC OS Computers For Audio


Apple computers are the industry standard system used for Pro Audio Production in the United States, however they are very expensive. I recently was faced with a dilemma I know we all must face at some point...I needed a new Mac based audio computer but could not afford the system I desired. I found a solution to this problem that might not be for everyone, but for those of you who don’t mind a little troubleshooting, enjoy building things and love saving money, here is your answer...the Hackintosh or CustoMac. These are computer systems built from standard PC parts you source, assemble and onto which load the Mac OSX operating system. This makes for a custom system designed to your specifications that runs Mac OSX and can also function as a dual boot machine allowing you to boot into any other operating system as well.

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Topics: studio equipment

5 Tips to Grow Your Musical Community and Ability

Posted by Robb Krysl on Jul 28, 2015 1:09:42 PM

It can be easy to focus on one style or aspect of music, but getting out of your comfort zone is what will help you grow the most as an Artist. In this post we will cover some tips that will not only help you grow your musical community, but also your musical abilities! By constantly developing your technique and art in new directions you will grow and cultivate your own style in ways you didn't realize you could! 

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Topics: Musical Ability, Community

Three Great Monitor Controllers Under $300

Posted by Robb Krysl on Jul 23, 2015 2:30:00 PM

Every once in a while an Artist, novice Engineer or Producer asks me "What Monitor Controller should I get?" In this post I will share my top three picks under $300. All of these controllers are used daily in professional facilities, so don't let yourself get caught up in the low prices. Each of these controllers have their own advantages and drawbacks, but anyone looking for their first monitor controller should be able to find something that fits their needs! With a monitor controller you can have confidence that your projects will translate by listening through multiple sets of monitors

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Topics: Home Studios, Monitoring

Another FREE Plug-In You Need!

Posted by Robb Krysl on Jul 21, 2015 2:03:57 PM

In a previous blog post Two Free Plug-Ins You Need to Have I introduced you to Klanghelm Audio Plug-Ins' freeware processors. The DC1A Effortless Character Compressor and IVGI Saturation and Distortion plug-in. Klanghelm has added a new processor to their arsenal and have again included a freeware version! Introducing the MJUC jr. - variable-tube* compressor! Now you can utilize a Variable Tube* compression for free or very cheap!


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Topics: Plug-Ins

3 Tips for Better Recording of Acoustic Guitars

Posted by Josh Hayword on Jul 16, 2015 2:30:00 PM

Bright, well-rounded tones from a great acoustic guitar always sound awesome. The best way to ensure you get great acoustic guitar tones is to record the instrument properly. I'll share some tips for bringing out the best in your acoustic guitar recordings. By getting the sound you want during the recording process you will be able to make decisions and commit to other sounds easier. 

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Topics: music recording, Music, How To Guides, Music Production, Audio Engineering, recording arts education, Audio Engineering and Recording Tips

Tips For Audio Editing Efficiency in Music Production

Posted by Josh Hayword on Jul 14, 2015 2:30:00 PM

Editing audio can be a daunting task whether it's cleaning up silence or editing a poor performance but there are some tips to get efficient at editing audio to make the process of music production go by a little quicker. By being more efficient at editing you can knock out more work quickly and confidently. 

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Topics: Sound Design, Music Production, Audio Engineering, Audio Engineering and Recording Tips

DIY Audio Gear: From Ordering Parts to Finished Equipment - Part 3

Posted by Robb Krysl on Jul 9, 2015 2:30:00 PM
In Part 1 of this series I walked you through the process of choosing the right project to build as well as ordering all the parts and components. In Part 2 the process continued with the soldering of components to the PCB and the wiring process. In Part 3 of this series I will walk you through the calibration process. Once the equipment is calibrated it's ready to be put to work in your studio! By building your own DIY gear you can save money and learn a new skillset! Let's calibrate!

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Topics: DIY, audio equipment

DIY Color Mics: The Subkick and Telephone

Posted by Robb Krysl on Jul 7, 2015 2:30:00 PM

Sometimes you don't need an accurate representation of the sound your capturing, but an altered representation. Most of the time mics that can record an altered sound are referred to as "color mics" since they add more color and character to the sound source being recorded. There are a couple of pretty common mics you can build relatively cheaply to help you capture some great sounds and textures. This post will cover the "Subkick" or woofer mic and the telephone mic. These projects will allow you to expand your mic locker for very little money!

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Topics: Microphone Building, Electronics

Legalities of Sampling Music

Posted by Dan Heck on Jul 2, 2015 4:38:00 PM

In the world of Hip Hop and Rap, music sampling has become a major part of our Industry. This is the process of using a melody, harmony or sound that has been pre-recorded and is owned by someone other than the artist sampling it. This can be as simple as an individual sound component such as a snare drum or taking an entire melody such as MC Hammers' "Can't Touch This" sampling Rick James "Super Freak"." This is legal to do if you have paid and received a license to do so from the Publisher and the owner of the recording "usually the record label." If not, this is stealing! As MC Hammer found out.

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Topics: Legal and Copyright, Mixing, sound engineering, sampling music, Music Production, Audio Engineering

DIY Audio Gear: From Ordering Parts to Finished Equipment - Part 2

Posted by Robb Krysl on Jun 30, 2015 2:30:00 PM

In Part 1 of this series I walked you through the process of choosing the right project to build as well as ordering all the parts and components. In Part 2 the process continues with the soldering of components to the PCB and the wiring process. This post will walk you through the best order to install components and their orientation on the PCB. By knowing the correct orientation and order to place each component the build process becomes relatively straight forward. Let's build!

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Topics: DIY, audio equipment, Building Audio Equipment

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