Improve your Bass & Guitar Sounds with Parallel Compression

Posted by Brendan Duffey on Nov 27, 2015 12:30:00 PM

Grammy Nominated Engineer & Pinnacle Instrutor Brendan Duffey shows you how to improve your electric guitar and bass sounds by setting up parallel compression in Pro Tools.


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Topics: Compression, parallel compression, Parallel Processing, bass

The Best Marketing and Publicity for Your Band and Album

Posted by Rob Cross on Nov 25, 2015 12:30:00 PM

There's nothing wrong with being a one man band. Even though you may want to, you can't do all the work of marketing your music by yourself, and you need to enroll help from other people and maybe companies to get the word out about your band or project. Luckily there are lots of tools available to you to market and publicize your music, and to make it easy for you to spend a little money and see some results. Let's break it down.

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Topics: Album, marketing

Clean Up Your Tracks Using Gates

Posted by Robb Krysl on Nov 24, 2015 9:27:18 AM

Apart from Side-chaining Compressors to help some elements stick out in your mix there is one processor that can help eliminate noises to make more room for everything in your mix from the start. Gates reduce or remove unwanted audio from the signal using gain reduction. The signal is gain reduced until the gain exceeds a set threshold. That means rather than spending lots of time making tedious edits, you can set up some gates and let the processor work for you!

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Topics: Mixing, Audio Engineering, Tracking, Gate

How to Control Peaks with a Limiter

Posted by Robb Krysl on Nov 23, 2015 11:58:12 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

Microphone Care: Keep it Tidy!

Posted by Josh Hayword on Nov 20, 2015 12:30:00 PM

Microphone care is something new students seeking to attend an audio recording school need to understand, and something every engineer can use a refresher on now and then. We all can get a little bit too comfy tracking in our own spaces. Do yourself a favor and brush up on your Mic Care!

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Topics: over under coiling, How To Guides, microphone care

Cover your butt. Legal agreements between all involved.

Posted by Rob Cross on Nov 19, 2015 12:30:00 PM
It's important that everyone is on the same page that is involved in any aspect of your album release. Once you have a clear understanding of peoples roles and what's been agreed upon as fair, it needs to be written down and signed, so there will be no misunderstanding. It may not seem important at the time, but when something happens and money starts rolling in, you don't want conflicts to put the brakes on a profitable deal from successfully going through. If you don't know how to register your music check out our previous post Make Money From Your Music - Register Your WorkThis whole process is about C.Y.A. (Cover Your Ass) Let's look at the most important agreements you need to have in place.



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Topics: Legal and Copyright, release, Album

The Most Important Tool - The Portfolio

Posted by Coday Anthony on Nov 18, 2015 12:30:00 PM


People need to experience your art in order for you to keep making it. You need a home for your art. Whether that’s the wall of a gallery or the plate at a local diner, it has to go somewhere. And the most important tool for finding that home, and therefore for being a great artist, is having a strong portfolio.

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Topics: Documentation, portfolio

Mid-Side Recording and Processing Part 3: Practical Applications

Posted by Carter William Humphrey on Nov 17, 2015 9:57:00 AM

In Part 2, we continued our discussion on M/S processing by examining some plug-in examples. In part 3 of the M/S series, we’ll look at some practical applications for M/S processing as well as the M/S micing technique applied to sources.

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Topics: Audio Engineering and Recording Tips

Mid-Side Recording and Processing Part 2: The Processors

Posted by Carter William Humphrey on Nov 13, 2015 10:30:00 AM

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

How to sell your music on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon & more - Distribution

Posted by Rob Cross on Nov 12, 2015 12:30:00 PM

We may no longer be in the days of the Wild West of Napster and file sharing, but these are still exciting times. It seems the giant behemoth ship of the music industry has finally made the turn and is embracing the internet. With this shift from physical to digital the number of players in the game is rising and many options have opened up for musicians to distribute their music, and the options keep growing daily. Let's look at some of the exciting options available for distributing our music!

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Topics: release, Album

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