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Video: Guitar Recording Tips with Misha Mansoor

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

In this video Misha Mansoor (Periphery, Bulb) shows his current guitar recording setup including the AxeFX II, Cubase 6, double and quad tracking, and basic EQ. I don’t agree at all with his gain staging and signal to noise ratio explanation but other than that it’s a cool video.

Via Top Secret Audio

Upcoming DIY Mastering Live Workshop with Jesse Cannon

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

CreativeLIVE is hosting a live DIY Mastering presentation with engineer Jesse Cannon. The event will stream free for 2 days and will be available on-demand for $99 after. Starts: Tuesday, 12/10/2013 at 9AM Los Angeles time


Mastering is often the difference between a good recording and a bad one, but mastering is notoriously difficult to understand. In this two-day workshop, sound engineer Jesse Cannon — who’s worked with the likes of Ross Robinson, Saves the Day, Animal Collective, The Misfits and Man Overboard — shares what he’s learned about mastering from working at top-tier studios like WestWestSide Music and Cannon Found Soundation. While there’s no substitute for having an engineer master your music, that’s just not feasible for many artists. This class is the next best thing: a comprehensive guide to DIY mastering. Jesse breaks down the mastering process from start to finish. You’ll discover the basic principles behind mastering, and learn about the processes and tools at your disposal. Jesse will identify and troubleshoot basic rookie mistakes, discuss lesser-known essential concepts as well as share his essential behind-the-board tools as he takes you through a few real-life examples. After two days with Jesse, you’ll have everything you need to master your tracks with affordable tools.

There are not a lot of details yet but sounds like a good event to watch if you are available.

Register for the workshop here

Check out many more live presentations from CreativeLIVE

Mixing Hip-Hop – New Tutorial Series from Matthew Weiss

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Mixing Hip-HopRecording and Mixing engineer Matthew Weiss has release part 2 of his Rap and Hip-Hop mixing tutorials: Mixing Hip-Hop. This 80min video focuses on mixing all the elements that make up the beat.

Mixing Hip-Hop covers:

Matt has a great explanation of the package.

Mixing Hip Hop Beats comes out today! Just want to take a second to explain it. When Dan Comerchero and I first discussed the formatting of the tutorials we played around with the idea of doing “basic” and “advanced” tutorials. Ultimately I nixed the idea, because the reality is that 90% of a great mix comes down to the execution of what would be covered in the “basic” video. My goal is to explain a thought process to get the best out of the “basic” stuff – levels, EQ, compression, etc. The thought process whether you use basic techniques or advanced techniques is essentially the same.
Advanced techniques, conversely, are techniques that tend to detract from a mix when the basics aren’t covered. They really only need to be employed when the regular stuff doesn’t get the job done.

For me, instead of thinking “Basic” vs. “Advanced”, I think “Foundational” vs. “Case-Specific”. Or “things I will need to employ frequently” vs. “things that I will need to employ on rare occasion.” When put in that light, I think the advanced techniques become less appealing. And they should be less appealing. I consistently hear people who have all the craziest tricks and techniques in the world turn around sub-par mixes. And conversely, I hear guys who aren’t even really engineers, who are just doing basic stuff and really focusing on the music pump out mixes that are pretty darn good.

In this tutorial, I spend 20 minutes talking about setting levels. I’ve NEVER seen a tutorial on setting levels, and (imo) the most important aspect of mixing. But never discussed. That twenty minutes is spent examining the relationships between musical elements, assigning roles to each instrument, finding the rhythmic drivers, finding transition points, enhancing the movement of key musical phrases, and figuring out exactly what each element can contribute to the record. The subsequent sections with EQ, compression, distortion, etc – are all essentially just fine tuning what we get from setting levels.

It’s the “eat your veggies” approach, but hopefully it’ll get that information in circulation.

The cost is $37 alone or $57 together with Mixing Rap Vocals.

Buy Mixing Hip-Hop Beats

Ian Shepherd’s Home Mastering Masterclass is back

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Another round of Ian Shepherd’s excellent Home Mastering Masterclass has just opened up to new students.

The course is 8 weeks covering all aspects of audio mastering using various DAWs and plugin suites. You also get access to the exclusive Facebook group for HMM alumni.

HMM is one of the most well made and effective audio mastering training products on the market and I thoroughly recommend. You will learn a ton guaranteed.

Click here to find out more and sign up now. The introductory discount ends today!

Mixing Rap Vocals Video Training Series

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

The Pro Audio Files have released their first HD video training package Mixing Rap Vocals by Matthew Weiss.

Matthew Weiss

Matthew Weiss is a mixing and recording engineer from Philadelphia.

This video series shows how to vastly improve poorly recorded vocals and make them larger than life, loud and clear in the mix. Learn how to correct, enhance, equalize and compress rap vocals for a professional sound.

Matthew Weiss is a mixing and recording engineer from Philadelphia. His experience making hip-hop records will help you elevate the quality of your mixes, no matter what circumstances or gear you’re working with.

Mixing Rap Vocals is currently 50% off  (this week only) and backed by 100% money back guarantee. Pay with PayPal and download instantly.

Advanced DeEssing Techniques

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Randy Coppinger wrote to me a few days ago because he was working on a DeEssing Technique article. I have a few alternate techniques to share.

I have a pretty good ear for sibilance but I don’t tend to use DeEssing much in my mixes. Maybe I’ve just been lucky lately and my clients know how to pick a good mic for vocals. I DeEss reverbs more often than lead vocals actually. There are a ton of ways to tackle this problem, so here are my top 4 ways to DeEss without using a DeEsser.

Source Audio

For all the examples I’ve used the same source. My friend Jordan’s demo of the MXL V67G with RK47 capsule upgrade. The capsule upgrade was a remarkable improvement but still quite sibilant on his voice.

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Databending Images With Audacity

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

Databending an image with an audio editor like Audacity achieves very different results than with Text or Hex editors. You can rearrange the waveform with cut and paste or use effects much like photoshop filters. This article will focus on using audio effects.

Here is the starting image.

Databending JPGs doesn’t work very well, they tend to break on export. This image was converted to .BMP then opened in Audacity as Raw Data.
I’ve found that the best import settings for .BMP files is Encoding: A-Law; Byte Order: Little-Endian; Channels: 1 Channel.

Raw import settings

Raw import settings

The file opens and shows an audio interpretation of the data. It’s not a nice sound, I’ll speak more on that in another article.


Viewing the image as a waveform in Audacity

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