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8 Great Tax Info Resources for Engineers, Producers and Musicians

Posted by Robb Krysl

Mar 31, 2015 12:30:00 PM

Being an Audio Professional isn't all fun and games. It's a business like any other that requires things like tracking expenses and filing taxes. We even have a post "A Day in the Life of a Professional Audio Engineer" to walk you through the daily grind. It's getting very close to everyone's least favorite day of the year, TAX DAY! To make your last minute preparations a little easier we compiled this list of 8 Great Tax Info Resources for Engineers, Producers and Musicians. Take the time to look these over and learn some ways you can save yourself some money this tax season!

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Topics: Taxes

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

Posted by Josh Hayword

Mar 26, 2015 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

A Visual History of Audio Engineering - Infographic

Posted by Aparna

Mar 24, 2015 12:30:00 PM

The historical road of audio and sound that has been been built over the past 130+ years is packed with remarkable inventions, ground breaking innovations and brilliant people that constantly think outside the box to accomplish what was never thought possible in music production and sound recording arts.

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Topics: Music Education, Audio Engineering

Understanding Microphone Polar Patterns

Posted by Dan Heck

Mar 17, 2015 12:30:00 PM

When choosing a microphone, the options are endless. Microphone type, manufacturer, budget, diaphragm size and Polar Pattern. There are really only 3 Polar Patterns to choose from: Omni-directional, Bi-directional and Cardioid. The Cardioid pattern has 3 selections of it's own: Cardioid, Hyper Cardioid and Super Cardioid. So we really can have up to 5 choices! Because this post will explain each pattern in detail you will be able to choose mics easier. The big benefit is being able to dial in great sounds quickly and with more confidence!

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Topics: sound engineering, microphone polar patterns, music recording, rejection angles, syper cardioid, polar patterns, Audio Engineering, Recording Engineer, omni-directional

Recording Studio Gear Care 101

Posted by Pinnacle College

Mar 12, 2015 12:30:00 PM

As Recording Engineers we tend to have a moderate amount of gear. We may not all have large format consoles but we will definitely have preamps, mics and other important pieces as part of our recording studio setup. All gear needs an occassional good ol' fashioned spring cleaning, especially if you have any vintage gear. By keeping your gear clean you will help to extend it's life and keep your studio looking professional and ready for clients.

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Topics: Home Studios, How To Guides, recording studio, Music Production, Audio Engineering

Four Tips for Controlling Sibilance

Posted by Dan Heck

Mar 10, 2015 12:30:00 PM

Sibilance can be an extreme annoyance when recording and mixing vocals. Sibilance is the “S”s and “T”s that pop right through the vocal. The issue with controlling sibilance is that it lives right in the “presence” range of the vocal. What I mean by “presence” is the higher frequency range around 2Khz to 7KHz that allows the vocals to sound "cutting" and "bright". The singer’s tongue hitting the roof of the mouth to form an “S” or “T” creates the sibilance sound. Everyone does this, but some people exaggerate this just based off the shape of their mouth and tongue. There are many ways we can try to control sibilance. Some are easy and others seem weird, but can be effective in worst-case scenarios. Here are a few tips to keep in mind the next time you are dealing with exaggerated sibilance.

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Topics: Sibilance, Audio Engineering

Microphone Set-ups for Recording Winds, Horns, Strings and More

Posted by Josh Hayword

Mar 5, 2015 12:30:00 PM

So you need to track some horns (brass), woodwinds and strings? This is a task that isn't as hard to do as it sounds. Whether you're tracking one saxophone or a whole Orchestra, by paying careful attention to mic choice and placement you will be able to make the session run very smoothly. Not only will the recording sound great, but the artist(s) will think you have mic'd up winds, horns or strings before! 


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Topics: recording horns, recording wind instruments, Audio Engineering and Recording Tips

Mixing Music: 5 Tips for Better Mixes

Posted by Carter William Humphrey

Mar 3, 2015 12:30:00 PM

It can be challenging to get your mixes sounding just right. Although every mix is different there are some steps you can take to ensure the end product sounds the best it can. By following the 5 tips below you will be able to better utilize the skills and knowledge you already have about mixing. Not only will your mixes sound better, but they should come together quicker saving you time and in turn allow you to make more money!


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Topics: Mixing, Music Production, Audio Engineering, Audio Engineering and Recording Tips

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

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