DIY Soundproofing: How to Soundproof Your Home Studio on a Budget

This is a guest post by Peter from King’s Audio.

Whether you’re a budding musician or you just love recording and playing with sound, recording can be an expensive hobby. Of course, when you start out in anything, your main concern is money, so it’s nice when you can get started without paying over the odds.Continue Reading

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4 Superb Impulse Response Reverb Packs To Download

I am a big fan of convolution reverbs. I use them on every tune I make. There are some phenomenal donationware packs around for download these days.

I wanted to put together a little resource for you guys with my favorite impulse responses. I will also briefly introduce the original units and tell you about my favorite presets in each pack.  Continue Reading

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7 Tips on Making Your Music Loud

I get this question a lot.

What can I do to make my music sound louder?

Well, there’s lots – in fact most things you do when making music affect loudness somehow.Continue Reading

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Using Saturation in a Mix

Guest post time! Continuing with our recent theme on saturation – we have Kim Lajoie speaking to us about his approach to saturation.

Saturation is a wonderful tool for mixing. This is especially true for computer-based DAWs, which allow us to go from transparent clean digital sound through to smeared murky smashed sound. And everywhere in between. The variety of available plugins and different approaches give producers and engineers a huge toolkit and capability to choose the right saturation for each track.

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Creative Distortion with CamelPhat 3

I get a lot of questions about what plugins and tools I like to use. In the coming posts we’ll be shedding some light on my favorite bits and pieces and how I use them. We’ll start with one of my favorite distortion plugins which is the Camel Audio CamelPhat.Continue Reading

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Maintaining Mono Compatibility In Your Music Mix

This is a guest post by Barry Gardner, the mastering engineer who operates SAS audio mastering services.

The first stereo records were made in the 1930’s and yet it took a long time to popularize the new format and release such recordings for mass consumption. Mono recordings were the standard for many years whilst various attempts were made to advance stereophony. In music production itself there has almost always been a mono button built into the master section of large format stereo or quadraphonic mixing consoles. It was there for good reason as stereo recordings had to maintain sonic compatibility with AM sound systems and monophonic broadcasts amongst other reasons.
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Effective Techniques to Learn Compression

Learn compression

Compression has become an integral ingredient of most music these days. At the same time it remains somewhat a secret science – a commonly misunderstood one. It’s a great pleasure to have the mastering engineer Barry Gardner from SafeandSound online mastering services to talk to us about how to learn compression. During his long career in music Barry has worked with people such as Terry Callier, Ronnie Wood, Craig David, Kano, Chick Corea and many others. Needless to say he knows his stuff. Time to pay attention.

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Maschine Tutorial Videos – Inspiration and Advanced Techniques

Native Instruments Maschine

I am an avid fan of the Native Instruments Maschine. I just love it. What strikes me the most is how it can be used in so many different ways. I’ve picked up a lot by watching videos on Youtube and observing how other people are using it.  There are tons of Maschine tutorial videos out there. HOWEVER… That’s the problem.

Youtube has become infested with poorly produced crap “tutorials” that don’t really offer anything of interest to most people.

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My Master Plugins Revealed

I’m often asked what master plugins I use on my main output channel when working on music.

Let’s take a look at a typical setup and what I do with those bad boys…

Please note: These plugins can be used as mastering plugins. However this post is not about a mastering situation. These plugins are what I use on the master output channel during the production and mixing process.

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Universal Grooves – Mastering an Album

The new album from Translation Recordings – Universal Grooves – has just been released. As with all their releases, I was responsible of the mastering. I’ve been meaning to write a little bit about mastering here on the blog so what better time to get to it than now?

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