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Acoustic Measurement Software is now FREE!

Posted by Robb Krysl

Nov 25, 2014 12:30:00 PM

Acoustics are an often overlooked topic for most novice Audio Engineers and Music Producers. Acoustics are one of the most important topics however for those working in the audio trade. The acoustics of a space directly effects any sound that is produced within that space. That means that if you are listening to music through speakers/monitors within a room, you aren't actually hearing everything accurately but in fact, you are hearing the program material and the rooms effect on the material! In other words, you won't be able to really tell what is going on with the track. Professional acoustic measurement software made for finding acoustic issues in a space, like Smaart V.7, sells for $895...no thanks! Now there is a FREE piece of software called Room EQ Wizard (REW) that can help you figure out exactly what is going on in your workspace. By using REW, you will be able to find all the issues keeping you from hearing your project accurately. That means you will save time and money by not having to hire an Acoustician! It also means that once your room is corrected you will save lots of time dialing in your tracks!

 

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Topics: Audio Engineering and Recording Tips, Acoustics

Troubleshooting and Repair Skills Audio Professionals Need to Know!

Posted by Robb Krysl

Nov 20, 2014 12:30:00 PM

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

Music Production Techniques Using Gates

Posted by Robb Krysl

Nov 18, 2014 12:30:00 PM

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

The Importance of Automation when Mixing Vocals

Posted by Josh Hayword

Nov 13, 2014 12:30:00 PM

I don’t care if you’re Christina, Rhianna, Celine Dion, or even Justin Timberlake. You’re going to get Automation on those vocals. You may deliver an unreal performance, but in the context of a mix, the vocals have to sit just right.

 

The whole point of Vocal Automation is to make sure the star (Vocalist) is heard. Every syllable, word and phrase needs to be there. Mix-wise they have to sit just under or slightly on top of the music. If anyone ever asks you to bury their vocals, run, because they’re not a serious professional. As an Audio Engineer, I’ve run into that personally and dropped projects. It's a waste of time trying to explain that the Vocals are indeed where they need to be in the mix when dealing with some people. Automation will help you get those Vocals sitting perfect through the whole track making it sound more polished, finished and professional.

 

 This post was last posted in 2012 and has been updated to contain new information.

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Topics: Music Production, Audio Engineering, Automation

Clean Up Your Tracks Using Gates

Posted by Robb Krysl

Nov 11, 2014 12:30:00 PM

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

Automation: Maximize Your Mix

Posted by Robb Krysl

Nov 6, 2014 12:30:00 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 priciples 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

5 Tips to Make Your Music Production Sound Professional

Posted by Josh Hayword

Nov 4, 2014 12:30:00 PM

"How do I get that professional sound?" This is something asked by most Audio Engineering students and hobbyists alike. The best answer is to hire a Professional Audio Engineer. For those learning the ropes of Audio Recording, Audio Mixing and Music Production however, there are some things that you can do to ensure you have a cleaner, more professional sounding track at the end of the day. By following these 5 tips you will hear your tracks open up, sound larger/wider and overall more professional. 

  
Originally posted in 2012, this blog post has been updated with new information.
 

 

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Topics: Audio Engineering and Recording Tips

Audio Engineering and Music Production Just Got Faster!

Posted by Robb Krysl

Oct 30, 2014 12:30:00 PM

 

In the world of Audio Engineering and Music Production speed is almost as important as Sound Quality. Engineers often face fast turn around schedules and smaller budgets which might not allow for the detail work the Engineer might want to do so everything is just right. If you run out of time because the Client runs out of money (or patience) potentially, there goes your gig! So the big question is, "How can I speed up my workflows to maximize my time?" Well, have no fear! There are a couple new ways to speed up your workflow besides using Templates

 

 

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Topics: DAWs, Music Production, Audio Engineering, Software Tools, Speed

Side-chaining & Key Inputs: Pump Up Your Tracks

Posted by Brian Foreman

Oct 28, 2014 12:30:00 PM

 

The use of "Side-chaining" has become an essential tool in modern Music Production, particularly in beat-driven electronic-based music such as EDM and Hip-Hop.  Fans of these genres will undoubtedly be already familiar with the effects this technique produces– the feeling of a perfectly balanced "808" kick drum sound or the "pumping" sensation associated with heavy Electro House… but how exactly are these effects achieved and what the heck is a Side-Chain anyway?

 

 

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Topics: DAWs, Music Production, Audio Engineering, Compression, Key Input, Side-Chain

Mid-Side Recording and Processing Part 3: Practical Applications

Posted by Carter William Humphrey

Oct 23, 2014 12:30:00 PM

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.

 

Mid-Side Recording and Processing Practical Applications

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Topics: Audio Engineering and Recording Tips

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