Minimum options for Maximum results in the studio

You probably know this scenario:  you decide toIn The Studio Less Is More go into the studio and work (to record, mix or master), so you turn on the computer, sound card, monitors, fire up your DAW – everything is ready and you begin working. Three hours later, you are not so far from the starting point or from a different angle, not close to the end point as you would want to be. I know I’ve definitely been there more times than I’d like to admit.

In today’s recording studio, we are hardly limited to anything. We have as many channels we want, storage disks are really cheap and can hold hours of audio, effects are no longer loaded in large racks that take up half the room, they’re arranged nicely in small folders on the computer and we can have 20 types of each. Continue reading

Master bus volume level [video]

No matter what style of music you create, or what DAW you work with, this tip is for everyone. The fact is that all the channels in your project, large or small, are summed eventually to one stereo channel. It goes by different names like: Master Channel, Master fader, main out, stereo out etc.. It is therefore important to pay attention to what happens there. The following video focuses on the volume in your master bus. It has the potential  to ruin your mix if you don’t pay attention to it. If you do it right, the gains will be huge and will certainly make your mixes sound better!

The secret to a million dollar mix

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Okay, ready for this? The following lines have the potential to change your life or at least how your music sounds. This is a closely guarded secret of the pros over many years and if you cling to this doctrine, you too could consistently create a professional sounding mixes! It’s more obvious than you think.
Once you stop looking for magic methods and secrets, investing your time and energy in trying to find the perfect plugin or piece of gear that will make your drums \ guitar \ vocals (delete the appropriate), sound like that crazy *put name of artist here*, you’re already one very significant step in the direction of creating mixes that sound amazing!
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How to start a mix [video]

Mixing is not a simple task and  with large projects, it’s sometimes hard to know where to start.
If you have followed the steps to prepare your project for mixing, you’re already in the right direction and you’re in the advantage.
There is no single “how to start a mix” approach that everyone uses and that is suitable for any situation. Every mixer adopts their own habits and find what is most comfortable.
In the next video you will see how I like to start mixing and maybe you will find where things work for you and will make the process easier and simpler.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVkpCPteDMQ]

7 key steps before every mix [video]

How many times have you sat down with the purpose of mixing and instead, found yourself doing all sorts of pesky tasks and all sorts of distractions. It certainly happened to me, and more than once.
in the next video, we’ll go through 7 steps you should do before mixing, to get your project ready for that stage. their purpose is to make your life easier and help you create the best possible environment to make the best mix you can, totaly free of distractions.
So next time, before you begin, ask yourself, are you ready to start mixing?

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fp8a6gg4hiQ]

Compressor 101 [video]

The compressor is one of the most important and powerful tools in the mix and mastering world, yet one of the most confusing and least understood. Understanding and using the compressor right, can make all the difference between a professional, amazing sounding work, and something amateurish and not pleasant to listen to.
It’s very important to understand the principles and basics. Then, we could run wild and be creative.
You’re going to use it a lot, so you should get to know it very well.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hrLrcFrpz0]

Condenser Vs. Dynamic – Choose Your Microphone

Here’s a story for you

condenser vs. dynamic

Not long ago I worked on a “single” for a pair for customers. In early stages of pre-production we met to record a guide – acoustic guitar and vocals. This was a rock song and the singer had quite a powerful voice. Pretty soon we concluded that the most comfortable way for them to record would be together (playing and singing at the same time) and they preferred it to be in the same room during the performance, so they can make eye contact. Very legitimate and even recommended for people who are used to working together for a long time and “feel” each other. The recording room wasn’t very large and had no separators, just one space. The microphone I chose for recording vocals was a SHURE sm7b dynamic microphone, and a Neumann TLM-103 condenser microphone for the acoustic. After a short warm-up and some tests, we started recording and then the problems began. Continue reading

One step to clean up your mix [video]

So you mixs’ low end isn’t clear enough? There’s a mess, as if everything is immersed in “mud”?
Your mixes turn out dull and unclean?
In one simple step, you can clean up your mix from all that muddy dullness and hear your mix as you want –  clean and clear!
it’s all in the video below.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIzP88A5O5I]

Pick Your Battles – “The best DAW” War

Friends, we are at war. Only this war does not include tanks, missiles and bullets. Its battle field is in forums, blogs, and conversations between musicians, technicians and producers. I’m talking about the war between production and recording software (Digital Audio Workstations=DAW’s), or rather – the war between the people who use them. I often run into people who ask: “what’s the best DAW out there?” Or declare with confidence: “I am working with “DAW X” because it’s the best and has the best sound”. I’m sure you’ve seen videos made to demonstrate and compare in an “uncompromising and clear-cut” way between different programs and ensure that after viewing, you will be sure which software provides the best sound possible. I’d like to call Bullshit! And in this article I will explain how I see things and why it really doesn’t matter what DAW you use.

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