Why Use A Shock Mount?

Why Use A Shock Mount?

Using a Shock Mount (cradle) as opposed to a clip? A very important part of the recording process is minimising the many many little problematic things that add up to just an average or bad result. One such important thing is the isolation of the recording...

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How do I Stop the Pops?

How do I Stop the Pops?

Typically it is the Par, Bar, Far & Push, sounding type of consonants that cause the most problem and without the aid of a pop filter will generate massive bottom end spikes in the vocal wave file that are very hard to get rid of once they’re recorded....

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Mixing From Zero

Mixing From Zero

It’s always better mixing from zero volume.. After you record everything for your song zero all the faders, then bring up the kick drum to a reasonable level (leaving good head room space), then  as you add another channel (snare, OH’s, etc) try bringing...

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Creating The Stereo Field

Creating The Stereo Field

With a little bit of EQ and the right panning you can make your mixes sound almost 3D, that is left, right, forwards and backwards. Here is the tip… Kick drums, Snare drums, Bass guitars & Lead Vocals should be centre positioned in the mix (dead...

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Understanding the Channel Strip

Understanding the Channel Strip

This tutorial is aimed to help beginners so we have kept the descriptions as free from technical hieroglyphics as we can. The strip is taken from channel 3 on the Behringer XENYX QX2442USB   Let’s take a closer look at what the buttons, sliders and dials...

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Using a Compressor in Mix-down

Using a Compressor in Mix-down

There are many applications and styles of compressors but for the producer wanting to get the most out of a mix-down it is one of the most important tools they could ever have. WHY IS IT SO?  In music there is a term known as dynamics. I remember my old...

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Creating a Recording Space

Creating a Recording Space

Three points on acoustically treating your room for recording & monitoring…. 1. Making the most of it: As most of us don’t have the budget to build the dream recording space, it pays to know how to work with what you have and generally it’s a spare...

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Mixing From Zero

Mixing From Zero

It’s always better mixing from zero volume.. After you record everything for your song zero all the faders, then bring up the kick drum to a reasonable level (leaving good head room space), then  as you add another channel (snare, OH’s, etc) try bringing...

Creating The Stereo Field

Creating The Stereo Field

With a little bit of EQ and the right panning you can make your mixes sound almost 3D, that is left, right, forwards and backwards. Here is the tip… Kick drums, Snare drums, Bass guitars & Lead Vocals should be centre positioned in the mix (dead...

Understanding the Channel Strip

Understanding the Channel Strip

This tutorial is aimed to help beginners so we have kept the descriptions as free from technical hieroglyphics as we can. The strip is taken from channel 3 on the Behringer XENYX QX2442USB   Let’s take a closer look at what the buttons, sliders and dials...

Using a Compressor in Mix-down

Using a Compressor in Mix-down

There are many applications and styles of compressors but for the producer wanting to get the most out of a mix-down it is one of the most important tools they could ever have. WHY IS IT SO?  In music there is a term known as dynamics. I remember my old...

Creating a Recording Space

Creating a Recording Space

Three points on acoustically treating your room for recording & monitoring…. 1. Making the most of it: As most of us don’t have the budget to build the dream recording space, it pays to know how to work with what you have and generally it’s a spare...

Cheap vs Quality Signal Cables

Cheap vs Quality Signal Cables

Upgrading your cables could really improve your end result. Most of us have a growing collection of broken cables sitting in a box somewhere around the studio. Years ago after throwing out dozens of dud leads I decided to take the plunge and buy some good...

Plain Talk On Studio Monitors

Plain Talk On Studio Monitors

If you can hear it you can fix it.. A good set of monitors in your studio can be the difference between the life and death of your mix, the better the monitor the more you can hear what’s really happening in the playback. The first thing to realise is that...

Auto Tune.. Yes or No?

Auto Tune.. Yes or No?

Is it cheating? As always there is a growing divide of opinion over the advances in music technology and it’s effect on the purity of talent vs the distinctly untalented. Can automatic software band generators and vocal correction tools fool the public...

Explaining Sound Diffusion

Explaining Sound Diffusion

You’ve got the right monitors, microphones and plugins and your mix sounds great in your room, but….now it’s time for the car playback test!  Your heart sinks as it now sounds very different with all sorts of wayward frequencies swallowing up the clarity...

Still Made In Australia

Still Made In Australia

Still made in Australia In a world where so many of the gadgets that we use in the pro audio industry are coming out of China in little plastic boxes , it’s great to see an Australian company that still does all it’s own design and manufacturing right here...