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    Treating Your Listening Environment

    Article written by Ford Heacock from Fire Breath Records... 99% of us that consider music either a hobby or slightly more so wind up in less than ideal spaces to conduct our art. We might get stuck in a small, carpeted apartment room, an area with high traffic noise, or we might even have a...
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    8 Music Mixing Tips That Will Help You Become An Awesome Audio Engineer!

    Article Written By Jordan Chia from Sound Zipper... Today, anyone with a laptop and a few recording microphones has all the tools they need to record, produce, and mix music and create their own recording studio. The home recording studio revolution is here. But with the ever increasing (and...
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    How To Record An Electric Guitar - The Basics

    Article written By Craig Spain from World of Songwriting The Basic To Recording An Electric Guitar An electric guitar differs from an acoustic guitar in that it uses electric pickups to convert the sound into an electric current, this is then amplified which produces a clear signal audible...
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    Introducing the Greg Wells Waves Signature Series Plugin Collection

    Greg Wells Signature Series Plugin Collection Get quick access to the signature sound of producer/mixer Greg Wells (Adele, Katy Perry, OneRepublic). Three plugins for vocals, piano, and your full mix. Multiple GRAMMY®-nominated producer, songwriter and mixing engineer Greg Wells is one of the...
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    Do You Really Need to Have Your Music Mastered Professionally?

    Article Written By Female Artist & Audio Engineer, Caro Churchill Most of the commercially manufactured and popular music you may hear and buy will be produced with a healthy budget and to high professional industry standards. Which most likely will involve sending the album or single to a...
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    Music Production Layering - What the Technique Is and How to Use It

    Article Written By Ryan C Murphy Put simply, layering is the act of using two pieces of audio with the same pattern, and placing one on top of the other. Now a band tends to create this effect just by playing. Consider a band with a horn section. 3 or 4 guys, all playing the same tune, but...
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    What's Eating the Headroom in Your Mix? (and How to Minimize It)

    Article Written By Mark Midwinter From Mid Music It's sometimes the case that the final stages of song production are not entirely thought about when mixing and that there is another stage to the process of getting your songs finished. With that in mind I thought I'd do a quick post on...
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    How Important Is the Pre-Amp in the Recording Studio?

    Article Written By Andrew Yankiwski from Precursor Productions This is an article that is intended to help out musicians, solo artists and bands save time and money whenever they step into the recording studio. It is part of a series. The topic of this article is similar to a previous...
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    5 Audio Mastering Tips That Will Help You Get Pro Sounding Mixes

    Article Written By Owen Critchley Mastering Tips Introduction - Getting Our Minds Right Before Mixing and Mastering Home Recordings Note: We'll view this article as Part 1 of a series on digital audio mastering. I recommend you read and understand this entire piece before viewing my further...
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    Creative Ways To Use Automation When Mixing Vocals

    Article By Josh Hayward from Astral Plane Studios What is Automation? Automation is manually adjusting volume, EQ parameters or effect parameters to achieve a multitude of goals. These goals can be used to add a little more mid-range punch to a vocal at certain areas (listen to Nickleback...
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    How to Place Microphones For Recording

    Article by Max Penning from [engineeringsound.net] Video by Warren Huart from Produce Like A Pro There is a true art when choosing where to place a microphone on an instrument. But a couple of standards that are used to help achieve the best sound possible. I'll share a few tips and tricks...
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    Why I Don't Care About Audio Equipment (And Other Good Stuff From AES)

    Article By Bjorgvin Benediktsson from Audio Issues In a word, fun. AES, to me, is less about the gear and more about the people and the best practices they teach you. Walking the trade-show floor this year just left me drained and bored. Like I said in the recent Home Recording Show...
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    Home VS Professional Recording Studio: The Difference?

    Article by Ruan De Lange from Raw Talent Studios That depends - NOT on the SIZE of your TOYS... but rather the DEPTH of your SKILLS. Never before has evolving digital recording equipment - smaller, faster, cheaper, better - allowed you to so easily turn your laptop into a full studio, which...
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    5 Effective Places To Use Compression In Your Mix

    By Evan O'Malley from Blista Music Devlog Introduction Compression is a very important tool in mixing and it's important that you know how and when to use it, so today I will show you 5 common uses for compression in a mix. Compressing Room Mics Compressing the room mics can make your...
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    5 Ways To Get A Bigger Guitar Sound In Your Mix

    By Evan O'Malley from Blista Music Devlog We all want our guitars to sound big, wide and powerful. Weather it be you're making the next rock and roll cult hit or recording an acoustic folk tune, having a huge guitar sound that may spray all over the stereo field can have a huge impact on the...
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    6 Warning Signs Which Reveal That You Don't Know Anything About EQ

    By Bjorgvin Benediktsson from Audio Issues Especially if you're doing any of these things below. 1. You Move the Wrong Knobs This is beginner's mistake number 1 but it's worth pointing out. If you're only moving the frequency knob without moving the gain knob, you're not EQ'ing. This is a...
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    5 Things You Can Do to Get Better at Mixing

    By Mark Midwinter from Mid Music Mixing is a skill that needs to be worked on like anything else - be it playing an instrument (for me - my drums) or decorating fantastic cakes (don't know where that example came from - blame my wife!) It's a craft that needs to be developed it doesn't just...
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    Dubspot Presents: Unsung Heroes Remix Competition w/ ill.Gates and KJ Sawka

    Famed Ableton wizard and master of all things bass, ill.Gates and the infamous EDM drummer KJ Sawka are combining forces to offer a monstrous remix contest of duo’s debut release Unsung Heroes out on Impossible Records. Check out the details below and enter the contest for a chance to launch...
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    Audio Mixer Signal Paths, Routing and Grouping Tips

    Article written by: Mark S Simon from Producer Spot Much of the mixer's power lies in its ability to interrupt, route and re-route signals for practical or creative purposes. Each channel strip has a pan control, allowing a sound to be 'positioned' between the left and right speakers...
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    Multiband Compressor on the Mix Bus

    Multiband Compression on the Mix Bus/Master Fader Yep, multiband compressors are scary the first few times you try them out. I have watched some of my personal favorite mixing engineers place multiband compressors on master faders (mix bus), as of late, and I have been working hard to learn...
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