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Mid-Side Recording and Processing Part 2: The Processors

Posted by Carter William Humphrey

Oct 16, 2014 12:30:00 PM

In part 1, we examined the concept and history behind Mid-Side processing with a look at the Mid-Side micing technique. In part 2 of the Mid-Side series, we’ll look at some Mid-Side processors as well as Mid-Side modes for processors. Equalization is a common application for M/S Processing. However, we’ll also examine M/S Compression, Effects, and even Mid-Side Encoders/Decoders.

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Topics: mixing and mastering, Audio Engineering and Recording Tips, Mid-Side

From Newbie to Pro Audio Engineer: The Basic Steps to Mixing Music

Posted by Josh Hayword

Oct 13, 2014 12:30:00 PM

When it comes to Mixing Music there are a few Audio Mixing Techniques to always remember whether you are a Novice, Audio School Student or Professional Audio Engineer. By utilizing these basics, your tracks will come together quicker and sound more professional. In other words mixing will be easier and less tedious, freeing you up to keep thinking creatively throughout the whole process.

 

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Topics: Mixing, How To Guides, Audio Engineering

Mid-Side Recording and Processing - Part 1

Posted by Carter William Humphrey

Oct 9, 2014 12:30:00 PM

Understanding the Mid-Side

 

Mid-Side processing separates an ordinary stereo recording into its center and side elements (mid-side). M/S processing gives the engineer a very powerful set of tools for processing stereo signals in Mastering and even Mixdown when traditional stereo tools fall short as well as creative processing ideas that can even be used in the tracking stage. Mid-Side will give you control over Audio that you never thought was possible! 

 

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Topics: Audio Engineering and Recording Tips

5 Best Editing Techniques for an Audio Engineer

Posted by Gautam

Oct 7, 2014 12:30:00 PM

To err is human and to edit is smart! What that means is simple. Instead of numerous re-takes to get the recording right, if the musician just can't perform, you'd be better off editing it later. Not every glitch can be edited, but in today's digital world you can correct most problems after the fact. As much as possible avoid doing the 'fix the mix' thing unless is absolutely necessary. You will be able to get through the session quicker and then fix what the Artist couldn't do themselves once the Artist has left. This saves you some time and from frustrating your client.

 

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Topics: DAWs, How To Guides, Audio Engineering, Sound Editing, Audio Engineering and Recording Tips

Music Production Techniques for Making Vocals Fat, Thick and Full

Posted by Josh Hayword

Oct 2, 2014 12:13:59 PM

 

Everyone wants that perfect vocal track...thick, clean and up-front. Sometimes you don't have access to great Microphones and Preamplifiers, other times you are given some pretty poorly tracked material to work with. So what can you do to put more oomph in your vocals? Why, Music Production Voodoo that's what! By using these techniques, your vocal tracks will be more full and thick, saving you from re-tracking and saving the client money.

 

 

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Topics: Music Production, Audio Engineering

Taking Advantage of Creating Templates in Pro Tools

Posted by Robb Krysl

Sep 30, 2014 1:33:00 PM

Templates are a great tool for setting up sessions in record time and allow the user to create tracks complete with routing, plug-ins and settings. Much like Automatic Session Back-Up in Pro Tools, this will save you time and headaches! This means you can simply import your template and start working without having to take the time to build your sessions from scratch. There are a number of ways to accomplish this in Pro Tools. We are going to take a look at some of the traditional ways to set up templates as well as a brand new technique posted by Pro Tools Expert

 

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Topics: DAWs, Pro Tools, How To Guides, Audio Engineering, Audio Engineering and Recording Tips, Templates

Noize Tank's Guide to Massive Tracks through Layering

Posted by Noize Tank

Sep 25, 2014 10:41:39 AM

 

One of the most useful and powerful techniques for producing a “fat” sound is called layering. Layering is when multiple sounds play the same notes at the same time. This can be done with percussion, synths and other instruments allowing you to create complex and massive sounds that simply aren't possible coming from a single sound source. The real advantage is that you will have huge custom tracks and spend less time trying to dial in one specific sound.

 

 

 

 

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Topics: midi, How To Guides, Music Production, Audio Engineering, Layering, EDM

How to Control Peaks with a Limiter

Posted by Robb Krysl

Sep 24, 2014 11:26:01 AM

Today you will learn how to setup a Limiter through a series of easy to follow steps we have dubbed "The Limiting Procedure". After reading this post, not only will you have a better idea of what is happening to the audio during Limiting but you will also be able to use it more effectively in your tracks. The real benefit is that you will be able to make decisions about Limiting quicker with less trial and error. If you missed our post on what each parameter on a Compressor does, take a minute to go read the information as it will help you to better understand the Limiting Procedure.

 

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Topics: Music Production, Audio Engineering, Limiting

The Best DAW for Audio Mixing

Posted by Josh Hayword

Sep 18, 2014 1:00:00 PM

 

There are many DAWs to choose from when it comes to Audio Mixing. Each has it's own benefits and eccentricities. Some excel when it comes to Music Production and Sound Design, others are strong for Tracking. So which one is at the top when it comes to Audio Mixing? 

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Topics: Steinberg Cubase, Steinberg Nuendo, DAWs, Pro Tools, Audio Engineering

Top Ten Ways to Improve Your Music Production Skills

Posted by Gautam

Sep 16, 2014 1:00:00 PM

So you want to produce tracks that really make an impression? You've heard a song like "Four Walls" by Broods and you like the "intimate" feeling it has. You hear that the "airy" vocals (words that have a very breathy quality) were deliberately engineered to attain that feeling. But before being able to produce a similar result you need to understand what it means to have a solid skill set in Music Production and Audio Engineering. By spending time working on your Music Production skills you will produce better tracks and struggle less dialing in sounds. This means you will benefit from a more polished production value in less time.

 

Originally posted in 2012, this blog post has been updated with new information.

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Topics: Music Production, Audio Engineering

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