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'The Loudness War' Dynamics of music. 15 Steps To A Better Mix. Audio mixing is one of the most interesting of all operations when completing a recording.

15 Steps To A Better Mix

For the rare few it's purely intuitive and comes out great without much thought, but for most everyone else, it's an operation in which you only get better by comparison and repetition. Many musicians and beginning engineers will often flail on a mix, trying everything with wild abandon and no focus, or not trying anything at all. 31 Microphone Tips from Recording Hacks. 5 Things You Need to Know About Mastering Your Music.

Mastering Engineer Michael Romanowski The mastering engineer is the last step of the artistic phase, and the first step of the manufacturing phase.

5 Things You Need to Know About Mastering Your Music

It’s the final opportunity to listen, polish, and make a change in the sonic presentation. It is also the first step of the manufacturing phase, because it prepares the master in the way that best suits the needs of the manufacturer. The goal is to listen to the broad picture; the actual content is immaterial. The mastering engineer is paying attention to EQ presentation, to level presentation, to dynamics presentation. A Bit of History Mastering has changed greatly since the late 1950s, when mass-produced music became the norm. 5 Ways To A Better Mix That Don't Cost A Penny - Pro Tools Expert - Avid Pro Tools. Mixing can seem like a dark art reserved for the chosen few, for some mixing their first tracks can send their head in a spin.

5 Ways To A Better Mix That Don't Cost A Penny - Pro Tools Expert - Avid Pro Tools

Great mixers are worth their weight in gold and in high demand, but for many the chance of ever having a top mix engineer get near your stuff is highly unlikely. Here are 5 ways to a better mix that don’t cost a penny. 5 Ways To A Better Mix 1 - Listen To Reference Tracks This is something that even top engineers do. Find tracks that sound the way you want your track to sound and then spend some time listening to them. 50 Must-Read Pro Audio Articles from 2012. 2012 went by so fast.

50 Must-Read Pro Audio Articles from 2012

Every year goes by fast. Only minutes and hours go by slow. I spent most of my days freelancing for a great audio software company, while simultaneously exercising my inherent need to build and promote my own products. I’d prefer the world didn’t end. The world didn’t end. 6 Ways to “Reboot” Your Studio. Audio: What is loudness? Hypercompression, R128 Loudness Meassurement and normalisation explained. Creating seamless loops in Sound Forge. D-U87 Build. Hi I'm Daniel Noga.

D-U87 Build

I'm a professional audio engineer based out of Nashville, TN. A couple of years ago, I decided to learn about electronics. I wanted to learn what was inside these “magical devices” I used on a daily basis to record and mix projects, hoping I’d become a better engineer in the process. Digital Show and Tell (Monty Montgomery @ xiph.org)

Dither Explained (and shown) Dither or distort ? Listen and decide for yourself. Hacking Your Listeners Ears: 9 Psychoacoustic & Sound Design Tricks To Improve Your Music. Hide Secret Messages In Audio. How to Create Width, Height and Depth in a Mix. The hallmark of a great recording/mix for me is one where the music all lives within a tangible, dimensional world.

How to Create Width, Height and Depth in a Mix

The exception being songs that call for a two-dimensional or more lo-fi approach. In general, a recording that has width, height, and depth creates for a compelling sound. Keep It Calibrated! Learn How and Why You Should Calibrate Your Studio Monitors for Video Game Audio. LUFS - the new loudness unit measurement, and how to read it. Mychal Herron Sound. Ever since the days in school Mid-Side (also refer to as MS) has always been a mysterious recording technique, almost like some weird voodoo!

Mychal Herron Sound

I remember one of my college professors showing us the Fostex M22RP Mid-Side microphone. This was also my first introduction to ribbon microphones. M22RP has always been one of my favorite vintage microphones ever since the first time I plugged it in and heard it. I don’t remember too many students checking out the M22RP; this was probably due to the fact that it was a mid-side microphone which involved a somewhat intimidating method of decoding to us students at the time, oh and it was a ribbon. Although, surprisingly my friends were always so amazed that the M22RP could produce left, center and right signals and a very pleasing to the ear wide image. Mpressors and limiters - how to set them up using cushions. How do you know the best settings for a compressor or limiter ?

mpressors and limiters - how to set them up using cushions

That’s a question I get asked all the time, especially in attended mastering sessions. And when I’m answering it, I almost always end up punching my fist into my hand. This post will tell you why. First of all though, very quickly: What’s the difference between a compressor and a limiter ? Pensado's Place - Learn how to produce, record, mix, and master music and audio. Portable Recorder Noise: The Sounds of Silence. Pro Tools 10 AAF/OMF Export/Import Tutorial. Pro Tools Short Cut: Command + Period.

ProTools and H.264 Video « Randy Coppinger. There seems to be plenty of curiosity about video in ProTools, especially the H.264 codec.

ProTools and H.264 Video « Randy Coppinger

I’ve previously identified problems using H.264 in ProTools, but let’s take a wider look at how these two interact. TASTES GREAT / LESS FILLING If you’ve ever compared video codecs you know H.264 is compact for the quality level it affords. That explains why it’s so popular. The trick is Variable Bit Rate, meaning that each successive frame of picture isn’t fully represented in the data. Most of the time the percentage of stuff that changes frame to frame isn’t high, so the codec just saves the difference. SOUND WITH PICTURE If that Variable Bit Rate trick sounds familiar it should. Saving Space with Linear Audio in Pro Tools (Part 1) When working on projects with limited audio space, such as apps for mobile, browser-based games or packaged electronics/toys, it is often necessary to squeeze as much out of that space as possible in order to meet or exceed the expectations of the project.

Saving Space with Linear Audio in Pro Tools (Part 1)

From the standpoint of the sound designer, this is likely achieved through compressing the sound files in various ways. However, when working with linear audio that contains gaps of silence or recalls repeated audio, precious space can be saved by editing within your Pro Tools session and exporting the resultant files and session data for programming. Sound Smart: Watch This Excellent Primer on Digital Audio. OK, everyone sit up straight and pay attention. Speaker calibration for Film and TV Sound Mixing.

The hum that helps to fight crime. 11 December 2012Last updated at 20:56 ET By Rebecca Morelle Science reporter, BBC News A hum that comes from mains electricity has allowed forensic scientists to establish whether recordings are genuine. The Loudness War. The Sounds Of Microsphere. Understanding Impedance. Technique : Theory + Technical No home studio is immune from issues of impedance, yet the subject can seem very confusing. Understanding Microphones. There are so many different microphones on the market. Video Repair Tool. What Does Sound Look Like?