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Thursday, February 27th, 2014
I was talking to Ryan Canestro about guitar pedals this week and he let me know about this documentary on the Cry Baby wah pedal. http://www.crybabydoc.com/
Cry Baby: The Pedal That Rocks The World tells the story of the wah wah effect pedal, from its invention in 1966 to the present day. Musicians, engineers, and historians discuss the impact of the pedal on popular music and demonstrate the various ways it has been used, as well as how its evolution has improved the ability of artists to express themselves musically.
The film features interviews with Brad Plunkett, the inventor of the pedal, plus many other musical luminaries such as Ben Fong-Torres, Eddie Van Halen, Slash, Buddy Guy, Art Thompson, Eddie Kramer, Kirk Hammett, Dweezil Zappa, and Jim Dunlop. These professionals explain how a musical novelty transcended convention and has become timelessly woven into the fabric of modern pop-culture.
A question for you
As much as I love the novelty of the wah guitar in the Shaft Theme, I think my favorite use of wah pedal is incredibly subtle in Adam Jones’ solos through Lateralus. Adam uses the Dunlop 535Q.
What’s your favorite wah pedal and/or use of wah in a song?
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
Monday, February 24th, 2014
Andrew Glover (Winds of Plague, Soundtemple Studios) is teaching a two day workshop on recording, editing and mixing bass guitar today and tomorrow. Starts at 9AM PST Monday Feb 24th. The CreativeLive classes are always packed with info so if you have the time, you’ll get a lot out of this.
This class is FREE.
If you missed something, the class will rebroadcast immediately after and through the night. The course is also available for any-time access for $79 during the 2 days or $99 after.
Find out all the details and jump into the live stream here:
Monday, November 18th, 2013
Producer Will Putney shares tips and secrets to his sound and workflow producing and mixing metal.
I will update as more videos are published.
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
Thursday, November 14th, 2013
Recording 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:
- Setting levels
- Emotional automation
- Making the drums hit hard
- Enhancing the synths
- Home mastering tips
- Stems are included in the download
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
Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013
Hey guys, been a while but I’ve finally gotten a day off since my move to new house and studio. I have my studio mostly set up but I’m having some translation issues with my mixes. I made a quick video of the room analysis process using IK Multimedia ARC 2. I’ve had this software for a year and it’s a pain in the ass, but teaches you a lot about your monitoring.
I didn’t feel like narrating it so pay attention to the notes that come up throughout the video.