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    Best Mic For Recording Acoustic Guitar

    Recording Acoustic Guitar With One Mic Before we drop the bomb on my picks for acoustic guitar mics. Let me make a disclaimer. When writing articles for this site I always try to remember that my main objective is to try to help the people who are in the starting phase of recording and mixing. I remember how frustrating it was to sort through all the info online when trying to solve problems and find answers to questions. I am also aware that it is easy to get carried away in our quest to get a really great track and we can tend to overspend on gear in the process.…

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    How to Make Vocals Sound fuller.

    How to make your vocals sound fuller. The first and most commonly used approach I have seen to make vocals sound fuller is probably the use of pitch shifting systems. Back in the era of tape, this was accomplished with a technique called flanging. Flanging was a trick that was accomplished by routing the vocal track through a 2 track tape machine and then applying a small amount of pressure to one of the tape reels in an on and off fashion to slow the reel down in an inconsistent manner. This would be done manually with pressure from a finger or thumb. The change in the speed of the…

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    Home Studio Setup

    Home Studio Design It pays to do a fair amount of planning when you are going to set up a home studio. The reason is, that there can end up being a lot of connections and equipment to uproot and rearrange later on if you want to change something. Case in point; I was so anxious to start my studio when I bought my first pieces of gear that I just threw everything together in a big rush. It was unbridled enthusiasm at it’s finest. Later on, I decided that I needed to renovate my room for better acoustics and I was confronted with the specter of having to tear…

  • Effects

    How To Use Reverb In A Mix

    How To Use Reverb To Create Depth Reverb is one of the trickiest things to get right in a mix in my opinion. As I had stated in a previous article, this is one area where you can really notice amateur use of a tool when you hear it. A typical amateur Reverb sounds very “tacked on” as I had previously stated. Often this is the result of just using the stock setting for the Reverb and making no adjustments to it. Also, many times Reverb is used in situations where a combination of delay and Reverb would be more practical. We will talk more about that later on. First…

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    How To Make A Mix Sound Fuller

    How To Make A Song Sound Full The one thing you will notice after a time when recording tracks in the digital domain is that the clarity and transparency of your tracks are amazing. If you have ever recorded to tape you will immediately notice the lack of background noise and hiss in a digital track. Magnetic tape has many redeemable qualities that many recording engineers seek out still to this day. Because digital is so clean and crisp, some want to recapture the beauty of tape. But the whole point of digital recording and mixing is the accessibility that it brings to the masses. A decent Studer tape machine…

  • Acoustics

    Home Studio Acoustic Treatment

    Where to Place Acoustic Panels? If you are asking yourself questions like “where to place acoustic foam in a home studio” or you have been searching for answers to do with home studio treatment and home studio acoustics this article could be helpful.   Below is a diagram of a typical room orientation of desk, listening position, speaker placement and probable acoustic panel placement. The black arrow lines represent the line of trajectory for sound waves emanating from the speaker and their destination at the listener’s ear. The off-red colored rectangular blocks represent the acoustic panels.     The phenomenon that occurs in this situation is much more drastic to the quality and frequency…

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    Best Music Recording Software

     Music Recording Software Considerations Which digital workstation is the best? If ever there was a subject that could cause a heated debate this would be crowned victorious as the winner. The truth, in my opinion is that they all basically do the same thing. If this is the case then it will be the subtle nuances of each system that will matter most to you as an individual. Personally I have only worked with 2 systems myself and so I am not truly qualified to elaborate on the nuances of every DAW out there. However, I do not believe it is necessary to know the ins and outs of every…

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    Home Recording Studio Equipment List

    Home Recording Studio Equipment List If you are just starting out and are confused about what recording gear is most necessary for a home studio, the following info should get you on the right track without putting you in the poor house! The web is a great source of information but there is an excess of opinions on any given subject to sort through and everyone’s needs and budgets are quite different. You should not have to go into debt or take out a second mortgage on your house to get enough gear to make a perfectly satisfying recording in your own home. Plus, you can, and should, start with…