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Noize Tank's Guide to Massive Tracks through Layering

Posted by Noize Tank

May 5, 2015 12:30:00 PM


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

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

Posted by Robb Krysl

Apr 30, 2015 12:30:00 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

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

Posted by Robb Krysl

Apr 28, 2015 12:30:00 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

Troubleshooting and Repair Skills Audio Professionals Need to Know!

Posted by Robb Krysl

Apr 23, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Repair basics are very important to know if you work with audio equipment on a daily basis. There are a number of basic technical issues Audio Professionals will run into in the studio that will need to get fixed immediately. In this post we will walk through some common basic issues you will encounter as an Audio Engineer or Producer. By knowing these basic skills you will be able to keep a session running, save money on Audio Tech. bills and take pride in being able to repair something. Want to learn to clean potentiometers? We have a post for that!



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Topics: How To Guides

Warm Audio: Outboard Equipment that is Affordable

Posted by Robb Krysl

Apr 21, 2015 11:47:00 AM

There are a lot of equipment manufacturers building remakes of classic audio gear that are highly sought after for their rich character, flexibility and killer sound. Until recently the only way to get your hands on a solid Pultec eq or 1176 clone for under $1,000 was to build it yourself. Although the DIY route is a rewarding experience in which you learn a lot and gain highly useable equipment, there is always the risk that the build will go wrong and then your stuck with either an un-useable kit or you have to hire a technician to get it working correctly. Now, thanks to Warm Audio, you can order professionally built and tested equipment for a fraction of the cost of any other remake and without the hassle of DIY! Get the equipment you have been wanting at a price you can afford!

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Topics: audio equipment

Why We Hold Free Beat Lab Workshops at Pinnacle College

Posted by Eitan Teomi

Apr 16, 2015 1:38:00 PM

The Beat Lab Workshop's purpose is to demonstrate to aspiring Beat Makers, Musicians, Engineers and Producers how to develop original beats into a full set or song. Learning how to effectively use any DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) to quickly program drum grooves, develop melodic ideas, hooks, and basslines 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.

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Topics: recording arts education

EQ can be Addicting - But it's not Always the Answer

Posted by Jeb Lipson

Apr 14, 2015 12:30:00 PM

It's easy to reach for an EQ when Recording to help get the sound you are looking for. This can end up adding more issues later on in the production process. There is a better way to go about getting the sound you want. By capturing the right sound at the source you will not only not need to use an EQ, but you will save time and headaches in the long run. In this post you will learn from a first hand experience exactly how this works and why it's the only way to go!


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Topics: music recording, mixing and mastering, How To Guides

Choosing the Right Studio Monitors

Posted by Dan Heck

Apr 9, 2015 1:30:00 PM

I am often asked by students what set of monitors (speakers) they should purchase for their home studio. This is a very broad question to which there is no correct answer. There are many aspects to consider when choosing monitors, from your budget, the size of room they will be used in and what genres of music you work on. This post will help you figure out the right questions to ask yourself when looking for your monitor purchase.

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Topics: How To Guides

Success and Multiple Revenue Streams in the Audio Industry

Posted by Robb Krysl

Apr 7, 2015 12:30:00 PM

Being successful in the Audio Industry can mean different things to every person. In my mind it means being able to work solely within that field for income. Our industry isn't like a 9 to 5 job however and audio professionals aren't guaranteed work. So what can we do to make sure that we remain successful? Make sure to have multiple revenue streams! By having many different services you can perform within the industry, not only will you be more likely to keep the bills paid, but you will be constantly building your connections which can lead to more work in the future. 


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Topics: Multiple Revenue Streams

Touch Screen Control for Your Computer

Posted by Robb Krysl

Apr 2, 2015 12:30:00 PM

There are a lot of peripheral controller products on the market that claim to make your audio work easier. These range from single fader automation controllers to completely integrated consoles. There are even apps that will allow control of Pro Tools and other DAWs from a smartphone or tablet! I have found the best controller to date, the touchscreen monitor! Now you can work directly with a session rather than having to utilize peripherals that take you out of your work! You will work faster and more intuitively with a touchscreen!



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Topics: Peripherals, Touch Screens, Touchscreens, Controllers

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