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Learn About Music Production From Professionals For Free!

Posted by Robb Krysl

Dec 18, 2014 12:30:00 PM

Have you ever wanted to learn about the Music Production process by sitting in on sessions run by a Professional Producer? If you are looking for a free, video based series there is currently such an opportunity! AVID (the maker of Pro Tools), PureMix and Fab Dupont have teamed up to create a 6 part series that not only allows you to watch each step of the production process, but also download the tracks to mix/remix yourself! Your mix can be uploaded to a SoundCloud group for the project and you could win Pro Tools 11 and a year subscription to the PureMix site, all while learning ideas and techniques to take your work to the next level! 

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Topics: Music Production, Audio Engineering

Three Great Monitor Controllers Under $300

Posted by Robb Krysl

Dec 16, 2014 12:30:00 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

The Best Plug-In Effects Bundle for Students & Professionals

Posted by Robb Krysl

Dec 11, 2014 12:30:00 PM

A question I get asked a lot by students, artists, novice engineers and producers is "What plug-ins should I buy". I usually reply with "Learn the techniques, theory and how to use the plug-ins you have first, then decide what you need from there". There is one Academic bundle that I would recommend to all students who are about to graduate from Audio School however, the Sound Toys Academic Bundle. This bundle is a comprehensive collection of effects tools that are used by top professionals. The Award Winning Native Effects package by Sound Toys is available to anyone, costs $500 and includes seven amazing processors, the Academic bundle has all seven processors from the Native Effects bundle plus two more and only costs $250 for students! That's right, nine amazing processors for only $250! The Academic Bundle is compatible with Mac and Windows systems. The plug-ins function as RTAS, AAX, AudioSuite, AU and VST's! If you want some amazing Effects Processors, look no further!

 

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Topics: Plug-Ins, Effects Processors

How to Build Your Own Professional Acoustic Absorbers

Posted by Robb Krysl

Dec 9, 2014 12:30:00 PM

An accurate space is very important when dealing with professional audio. In a previous post I introduced you to some free acoustic measurement software to help you dial in your space. In this post I will be showing you how to build your own professional acoustic absorbers for a fraction of what it would cost to buy them pre-made! By using the software and absorbers together you will be able to make your workspace a much more accurate listening space. That means you will spend less time dialing in a mix, you will be able to hear issues in any recording easier and you will save money by building your own treatment!

 

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Topics: Acoustics

The Importance of Pre-Production Notes

Posted by Robb Krysl

Dec 4, 2014 12:30:00 PM

Ever have a project not turn out right even though everything seemed solid and ready to go? In these cases I have found there is usually a step that got skipped in the process. There are lots of steps to making a record, there are even more when making a great record! One major aspect a lot of Artists, Engineers and Producers overlook is Pre-Production Notes. Pre-Production Notes setup the entire projects focus, goals and help to build a roadmap to the desired result. They allow everyone involved to make a plan for the production process and understand their role in that process. Without pre-production notes you might as well wing everything and cross your fingers. 

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Topics: Music Production, Audio Engineering and Recording Tips

6 Great Learning Resources for the Audio Engineer or Music Producer

Posted by Robb Krysl

Dec 2, 2014 12:30:00 PM

In the field of Audio Engineering and Music Production it is important to keep up with what is going on in the industry and continuously learn new techniques. There are a number of resources for this continuing education and in this post I will list my 6 favorite (besides the Pinnacle College Blog). The listed sites and publications have all been chosen based on their usefullness. These are not the only resources available, but the ones I tend to go back to most often. By keeping up with the latest technology and techniques you will be able to work with more clients, make sure every project is fresh and not get stuck in a production rut. That means more work and less frustration in the long run.

 

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Topics: Audio Engineering and Recording Tips

DIY Color Mics: The Subkick and Telephone

Posted by Robb Krysl

Nov 27, 2014 10:28:00 AM

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 reffered 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 coverhe "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

Acoustic Measurement Software is now FREE!

Posted by Robb Krysl

Nov 25, 2014 12:30:00 PM

Acoustics are an often overlooked topic for most novice Audio Engineers and Music Producers. Acoustics are one of the most important topics however for those working in the audio trade. The acoustics of a space directly effects any sound that is produced within that space. That means that if you are listening to music through speakers/monitors within a room, you aren't actually hearing everything accurately but in fact, you are hearing the program material and the rooms effect on the material! In other words, you won't be able to really tell what is going on with the track. Professional acoustic measurement software made for finding acoustic issues in a space, like Smaart V.7, sells for $895...no thanks! Now there is a FREE piece of software called Room EQ Wizard (REW) that can help you figure out exactly what is going on in your workspace. By using REW, you will be able to find all the issues keeping you from hearing your project accurately. That means you will save time and money by not having to hire an Acoustician! It also means that once your room is corrected you will save lots of time dialing in your tracks!

 

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Topics: Audio Engineering and Recording Tips, Acoustics

Troubleshooting and Repair Skills Audio Professionals Need to Know!

Posted by Robb Krysl

Nov 20, 2014 12:30:00 PM

Repair basics are very important to know if you work with audio equipment on a daily basis. There are a number of basic technical issues Audio Professionals will run into in the studio that will need to get fixed immediately. In this post we will walk through some common basic issues you will encounter as an Audio Engineer or Producer. By knowing these basic skills you will be able to keep a session running, save money on Audio Tech. bills and take pride in being able to repair something. Want to learn to clean potentiometers? We have a post for that!

 

 

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Topics: How To Guides

Music Production Techniques Using Gates

Posted by Robb Krysl

Nov 18, 2014 12:30:00 PM

Gates are great for cleaning up tracks and making room for other sounds in your mix, but there are a number of Music Productin Techniques that utilize Gates as well. The examples we will go over are used to enhance recorded tracks. These techniques are used by the Pro's all the time and can help to make your tracks sound more finished and professional. 

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Topics: Music Production, Audio Engineering

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