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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

Reverb and Delay: Maximize Your Resources

Posted by Robb Krysl

Sep 12, 2014 8:00:40 AM

One of the most common mistakes I see being made by the Novice Engineer and Music Producer is improperly routing signals to Reverbs and Delays. This topic was breifly discussed in my previous post, Signal Flow: The Most Important Aspect of Audio Engineering - Part 2 but I will be expanded upon in greater detail. By understanding how to properly get signals to these processors you can maximize the processing power of your DAW and create better sounding music. The real payoff is that your system will run smoother and your tracks will sound more cohesive.

 

 

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Topics: Reverb, Delay, Parallel Processing

Controlling Dynamics using an Audio Compressor

Posted by Robb Krysl

Sep 9, 2014 2:55:00 PM

Today you will learn how to setup a compressor through a series of easy to follow steps we have dubbed "The Compression Procedure". After reading this post, not only will you have a better idea of what is happening to the audio during compression 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 compression 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 Compression Procedure.

 

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Topics: How To Guides, Audio Engineering, Compression

Unlock the Power of Reverb and Delay by Understanding their Parameters

Posted by Robb Krysl

Sep 4, 2014 2:23:57 PM

Reverb and Delay are two of the most powerful tools when it comes to making your Music Production have more depth and space. By understanding what the parameters of these two Time Controllers do you will be able to use them to their fullest potential. This means less time randomly turning knobs allowing you to dial in a sound qucikly. That is a huge benefit when it comes to time management and looking professional in front of your clients.

 

 

 

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Topics: Mixing, Audio Engineering, Reverb, Delay

Signal Flow: The Most Important Aspect of Audio Engineering - Part 2

Posted by Robb Krysl

Sep 2, 2014 2:56:00 PM

 

In the first part of our Signal Flow and Routing series you were introduced to the different terms involved with Routing your signals. Learning these terms is key when it comes to fully understanding Signal Flow and Routing. In Part 2 you will be learning how to use the pathways discussed in Part 1. If you are having trouble getting signals from point A to point B, this post is for you! After today you will be able to route signals confidently. This means you will be utilizing better workflows and spending less time getting the sound you desire as an Audio Engineer! The real benefit is that you won’t be stuck thinking about the technical side and can keep focused on the creative aspects of Music Production.

 

 

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Topics: signal flow, mixing and mastering, DAWs, How To Guides, Music Production, Audio Engineering

How Parameters of a Compressor or Limiter Effect Your Sound

Posted by Robb Krysl

Aug 28, 2014 11:30:00 AM

Compressors and Limiters are two processors that take a long time to understand when it comes to Audio Engineering and Music Production. So how can we speed up this understanding and make our use of these Dynamics Processors more effective? The key to understanding how to use these processors to get amazing sounding tracks is to first understand some key terms and what each parameter is doing. By understanding what each parameter does, you will be able to use Compression and Limiting in more creative and effective ways. This means you will spend less time fiddling with knobs and more time being creative.

 

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Topics: Mixing, Audio Engineering, Compression

Signal Flow: The Most Important Aspect of Audio Engineering - Part 1

Posted by Robb Krysl

Aug 26, 2014 1:04:00 PM

There are a lot of great new tips and techniques for producing amazing music coming out everyday, but there is one subject that a lot of new Engineers and Producers don’t fully understand. Signal Flow, also known as Routing, is the most important aspect of the Audio Engineering side of Music Production.

Part 1 in our multi-part series will introduce you to the different terms involved with Routing your signals. Understanding Routing will help you to conserve CPU power for your Virtual Instruments and create that sick lead your hearing in your head. You want to be a Pro? This is the first step, so let’s get started!  

 

 

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Topics: signal flow, Music Production, Audio Engineering

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

Posted by Robb Krysl

Jul 25, 2014 11:55:00 AM


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

Stan Lee’s Show “Superhumans” on Location at Pinnacle College

Posted by Dan Heck

Jul 17, 2014 5:33:00 PM

Education Through Experience

 

The famous creator of Spiderman and The Hulk has his own show on the History Channel called “Stan Lee’s Superhumans.”  The premise of the show is to search the globe for everyday people that have special powers, skills and abilities. They have found people with extraordinary strength, the ability to conduct massive amounts of electrical current through the body, and humans with extreme mental capabilities – these are just a few of the superhumans examined in previous episodes.

The producers of the show contacted us (Pinnacle College) for the purpose of using our sonic isolation booth so that they could perform a test on a person that has the ability to recall dates in history, faster than a computer. We agreed that they could use our isolation booth and our studios for their location shoot. When the producers, director, host and crew showed up at the Alhambra Campus, they decided they were so in love with the “vibe” of our school they wanted to change their original idea. The producers and director decided that rather than just doing a test inside the isolated studio with the host. They would rather have our students and staff go head to head against him inside one of our classrooms. We agreed to this new concept and asked our students and staff for volunteers to be on our team against a superhuman computer. As you will see in the episode we had a strong team, but not nearly strong enough.

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Topics: Stan Lee's Superhumans

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