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Tips for Recording Acoustic Guitar

By Darth Fader

Recording the acoustic guitar can be a bit difficult until you know a few tried and true techniques. Live2Play is here to help. By Darth Fader for the Live2Play Network Guitar aficionados know that the body of a guitar acts as an amplifier for the strings, and that guitar tone is affected by size, shape, […]

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Live Sound 101: What Is Gain Structure?

By Darth Fader

BY DARTH FADER Gain structure – yet another part of the Force that can either lift you into superstardom or kick your butt into the dark galaxy of oblivion. What is it? Why should you care? Let’s find out… The explosion of affordable PA gear that started in the ‘90s has been a double edged […]

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Darth fader on the Manny Marroquin Waves Plug-ins

By Darth Fader

Manny Marroquin is a star. Or as much of one as an engineer can be. Folks ranging from Alicia Keys and Lana Del Rey to Linkin Park and the Rolling Stones have turned to him for the certain something.    Waves has been doing engineer-specific bundles for a while now with Eddie Kramer and Chris […]

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Audio Toys for Your iOS Device

By Darth Fader

It is rumored that during the Rebellion, members of the Rebel Alliance were able to tap into the HoloNet and use their iPhones to send and receive coded messages on the Naboo Message Exchange.   In fact, the first time Luke Skywalker was captured he still had an iPhone 4S hidden in his boot — enabling […]

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Darth Conquers AES 2013

By Darth Fader

Last month we looked at some of the highlights from the Fall 2013 AES in New York.  This month we’ll see what else was lurking in the shadows of Alaris Prime.   There were at least two recording devices of note at the show, though they are about as similar as narglatch and wampas.   […]

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AES Fall 2013

By Darth Fader

This Fall’s AES Convention was moved from the Cliffhold Meeting Hall to New York City. What a pain in the neck to travel.  It took us what felt like 1,000,000 Grimnals to arrive and even longer to park the Transport Ship.   Have you ever tried to park a Transport Ship in midtown NYC? Traffic […]

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Pro Tools Goes to 11

By Darth Fader

The upgrade to Pro Tools 11 was released at the end of June and it promises significant improvements over past versions.   Unlike recent software revisions, version 11 is more a re-writing of Pro Tools software, employing a new audio engine that takes advantage of 64-bit performance.   Let’s look at some of the changes […]

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Waves REDD Plugin

By Darth Fader

Those of you who were born after the Mandalore Defense Resolution are probably too young to know this, but there was a time when mixing consoles were not sold “off the shelf.”   Back in the early days of multi-track analog production just about every mixing console was custom-made, often by the studio’s owner or […]

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Work Smart!

By Darth Fader

Here on the Death Star 3 there’s a small staff of audio people: four full-time engineers (I’m the Chief Engineer of course) one part-timer and two ASS (Audio Special Services) Droids.   Back in the day, the ASS Droids would come in before a recording session and align the analog tape machines, but these days […]

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Darth's Tips for Recording Singers

By Darth Fader

Unless you are recording instrumental music, the vocal is the most important part of a song and microphone selection is everything when it comes to recording vocals.   On stage we have different requirements for microphones such as ruggedness, a presence peak in the mic’s frequency response to help it cut through a mix, or […]

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