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Recording a Piano

By Bruce Bartlett

by Bruce Bartlett Recording a Grand Piano This magnificent instrument is a challenge to record well. First have the piano tuned, and oil the pedals to reduce squeaks. You can prevent thumps by stuffing some foam or cloth under the pedal mechanism. One popular method uses two spaced mics inside the piano. Use omni or […]

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“This Plugin Saved My Mix”

By Bill Evans

by Bill Evans “The one plugin that has saved many of my mixing days? I would have to say is Waves C4.” There have been many instances but most recently, I was mixing for Usher’s current LP Looking For Myself and one of the songs I mixed was “I Care For You”. The main wobble […]

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The Recording Coach: EQ & Vocal Effects

By Bruce Bartlett

by Bruce Bartlett EQ QUESTION Hey Bruce, how have you been? I have a quick question: When separating instruments in the mix, does it sound better to have them slightly overlap or make sure that the frequency ranges are separated completely? Thanks –Nick Papps Hi Nick, Each instrument produces a wide range of fundamental frequencies […]

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Free Download – Novation Automap 3.3

By Robert Lindquist

Novation’s Automap v3.3 mapping software enables the company’s MIDI control surfaces to smoothly integrate with digital audio workstations (DAWs). The new version 3.3 revision takes advantage of Apple’s Logic 9 integration, enabling Novation hardware to control Logic’s native plug-ins and software instruments. Pro tools native plug-ins are also fully supported. In addition, Automap v3.3 is […]

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Preventing Clipping In Recording And Mixdown

By Bruce Bartlett

by Bruce Bartlett (1) When I record myself or our band, I’m clipping the waveform even though I’m not exceeding 0 dB at the top of the level meter. What’s going on? Reply: Make sure to set your record meters and playback meters to read peak levels, not RMS levels. The peak levels show how […]

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Reverb Secrets to Clarify Your Mix

By Andrea Bensmiller

We’ve all been conditioned to believe that reverb is the most important of the effects in our toolbox – but truth be told, it’s not. That distinction goes to EQ, but reverb can certainly make or break your mix. So…what do pro mix engineers do to combat the problem? To answer that question, I enlisted […]

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Insert Effects Vs. Send Effects

By Bruce Bartlett

By Bruce Bartlett Many people confuse INSERT effects with SEND effects. What are they, and where do you place them in a DAW during a mixdown project? An INSERT effect is inserted into a track, in series with the track’s signal, to process that signal. Examples of insert effects are EQ, compression, gating, and de-essing. A […]

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How To: Master Your Albums Or Demo

By Bruce Bartlett

Mastering is the last creative step in your album project before you burn the final CD used for duplication. After recording mixes of your songs on your computer’s hard drive, you’ll put together a CD album or demo of those mixes. Here are some ways to do that. What’s involved in mastering? You edit out […]

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Insert Effects Vs. Send Effects

By Bruce Bartlett

Many people confuse INSERT effects with SEND effects. What are they, and where do you place them in a DAW during a mixdown project? An INSERT effect is inserted into a track, in series with the track’s signal, to process that signal. Examples of insert effects are EQ, compression, gating, and de-essing. A SEND effect […]

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