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Month: December 2011

How to make a song louder in mastering

Here is an excellent video on matching loudness when mastering from UK Mastering Engineer Ian Shepherd. Read the accompanying blogpost here: How to master a…

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Time Adjusting a Multi-mic Performance

Several times in the past few years of doing the Home Recording Show podcast, we’ve had listeners write in asking about phase and often wondering why we can’t just move the tracks around after recording. Usually we answer saying that it can be done for guitars and a few other sources but never on drums and its not the same as actually moving the mic.

In the past month I’ve actually done this technique a few times on some tracks that were a little carelessly recorded and some others that just needed a little help. In all cases it has helped. Even if you’re super careful about mic positioning, this can be a very useful technique to know.


Guest Post: Analog Warmth

This guest post comes from Barry Gardner, mastering engineer at Safe And Sound online mastering. You may also like his previous contribution to AGZ, The…

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Review: TC Electronic Impact Twin

The TC Electronic Impact Twin is a mid-level firewire interface with 14 inputs and outputs. It has two preamps, onboard effects, S/PDIF, ADAT Lightpipe and MIDI I/O. It’s not as compact as some other interfaces but packs a ton of features and i/o yet still small enough to fit in a backpack.

The Impact Twin caught my eye in spring 2011. I was looking for a more compact replacement to my M-Audio Profire 2626 (see review here), or a way to expand the I/O of my system, or at least a portable option so I don’t have to tear apart my studio all the time I go out to record. I trust TC Electronic to make nice clean digital gear, for about $400 it had pretty much every feature and function I wanted. I ordered one through Revolution Audio (note: I work for this company and got dealer pricing) and when it arrived I started writing my review. I don’t really have a good excuse why it took nearly a year to write, other than that l got busy being awesome in other aspects. Jump down to the end if you’d like to see what I think of it after about 8 months of owning it.


Quiztones frequency trainer for Mac now available

Quiztones is a frequency ear training app for amateur and professional audio engineers and musicians. Quiztones uses frequency-altered tones, noise and musical loops to train…