Getting Started with Mastering

Posted by Carter William Humphrey on Sep 1, 2015 1:56:37 PM

Mastering is one of those things in audio production that sometimes leaves students (and some professionals) confused as to what it is, how it’s done, and/or what the outcome should be. This post is meant to explain how you can do mastering, and give you a basic “jumping off point” for a good mastering processing chain. **Warning: These are merely guidelines to get started! You’ll want to try different signal chains, possibly more specialized processors and processes, or even try putting some analog gear into the mastering chain.

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Topics: Mastering

Critical Listening Training Resources For Audio Professionals

Posted by Robb Krysl on Aug 25, 2015 12:55:54 PM

Critical Listening is a very important aspect when working as an Audio Professional. This post will introduce you to some great training resources to help you improve your Critical Listening skills. By focusing on and developing this skill further you will be able to EQ faster, pick out individual frequencies, identify frequency bands, hear volume changes easier and determine if there is any distortion or noise in the signal. In other words, your work will sound better and take less time to complete!

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Topics: Critical Listening

Automation: Maximize Your Mix

Posted by Robb Krysl on Aug 20, 2015 1:18:00 PM

 Do you already follow the Basic Steps of Mixing Music but still wonder why your mixes just aren't as exciting or dynamic as your favorite Artist, Engineer or Producer's? One word, Automation. Automation allows for constant changes in your Mix. In this post I will cover the basics of getting Automation working in your mix. Although I am using Pro Tools in this post, every DAW follows these same principles as all DAW Automation is based off of Automation systems for Analog Consoles. Your tracks will go from boring to soaring thanks to Automation. 



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Topics: Mixing, Music Production, Audio Engineering, Automation

Music Production Techniques Using Gates

Posted by Robb Krysl on Aug 19, 2015 2:46:00 PM

Gates are great for cleaning up tracks and making room for other sounds in your mix, but there are a number of Music Production 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

Taking Advantage of Creating Templates in Pro Tools

Posted by Robb Krysl on Aug 6, 2015 12:49:00 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

Why We Hold Free Music Mixing Lab Workshops at Pinnacle College

Posted by Eitan Teomi on Aug 5, 2015 4:38:00 PM

The music Mixing Lab Workshop's purpose is to demonstrate to aspiring Beat Makers, Musicians, Engineers and Producers how to develop their mixes. Learning how to effectively use a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) to quickly correct equalization issues, compress dynamics, and develop space using effects is essential in today's industry. Attendees have the opportunity to participate in the creative process, experiment with the topics demonstrated and have the ability to work on their own projects while receiving assistance and mentoring from a seasoned professional. The best part of all? Attendees get to experience what a real audio and music school is all about! The Workshops mimic the experience of attending Pinnacle College while enrolled in a program or course.

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Topics: recording arts education

The Importance of Proper Ear Care

Posted by Robb Krysl on Aug 4, 2015 1:55:00 PM
The absolute most important piece of equipment we use as musicians, producers and engineers is our ears. If our hearing becomes compromised, so does our art. This post will introduce you to some great tips for taking care of your hearing and real world examples of how important ear care really is. Also, check out this great post Safe Sound Levels...How Loud is too Loud? to learn about monitoring at proper levels.

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Topics: hearing, ear care

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

Posted by Robb Krysl on Jul 30, 2015 2:30:00 PM

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

5 Tips to Grow Your Musical Community and Ability

Posted by Robb Krysl on Jul 28, 2015 1:09:42 PM

It can be easy to focus on one style or aspect of music, but getting out of your comfort zone is what will help you grow the most as an Artist. In this post we will cover some tips that will not only help you grow your musical community, but also your musical abilities! By constantly developing your technique and art in new directions you will grow and cultivate your own style in ways you didn't realize you could! 

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Topics: Musical Ability, Community

Three Great Monitor Controllers Under $300

Posted by Robb Krysl on Jul 23, 2015 2:30:00 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

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