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Proper Audio Recording Levels

Proper Audio Recording Levels
NOTICE: If you don't want to read any this or just don't care to understand it, there's a "dumbed down" version at the bottom. Let me get something out of the way here - I'm going to try to keep this very "fool proof" - I'm not trying to sound or present this very scientifically - This is just the rantings of hundreds and hundreds of posts on a dozen or more audio forums exploding like a volcano recorded with lots of headroom. I just hope to instill a basic understanding of why certain trends and common beliefs are just plain bad. And by the time you're done reading, and perhaps doing a little experimentation based on this, you won't need me to prove it. You'll know it yourself. Is this a "miracle cure" for bad recordings? So, if you've been struggling with recordings that sound "weak" or "small" or too dense or "just not 'pro' enough" then please, read on. As a mastering engineer, I work on recordings from pretty much every level of experience. You're probably recording too hot.

How to Set Up the Ultimate Desktop Recording Studio Consider it another marvel of the digital age--or the latest evidence that the beautifully difficult, soul-taxing art of music creation has irretrievably slid into the hands of talentless idiots. Either way, with the help of a computer, a few peripherals, a variety of entry-level software and two weekends' worth of struggle, I have produced my first single. It's hardly a secret that musical production has been striding boldly into the digital age over the past three decades. Software that enables instruments to interface directly with PCs was pioneered in the 1980s, and current programs pack all the goodness of a full production studio into a laptop, with virtualized instruments, amps, effects, mixing boards and multitrack recording machines all onscreen. Instruments have changed, too. My last formal musical instruction was in high school. I started by picking up KeyStudio 49, a software-hardware combo recently launched by M-Audio. Multitrack Recording Plug-Ins Loops

WaterFall Records Learning to Record Lesson Two Lesson 1 You're here: Lesson 2 Log In: You must be a 'Member" to view Lessons 3 thur 9 Using a Compressor? Hello all, Ken here. If you are coming here from Recording Tips 7: show me the Magic Frequencies! Using one is really easy; the trick to it is to "listen to your music" and feel the flow of the mix. To set the compressor (assuming you have a constant meter in the song like the snare Mute out all the other tracks so you can work on the track. You want the compressor to breath in time with the song. Look at a compressor as an instrument in your sound. I hope this helps all of you in your mixing and recording. Here are some Magic Frequencies Tip: Set your frequencies up as presets. Good Luck! Web Design by Michael R.

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Make acoustic panels for your recording studio or home theater Acoustic treatments are often used to help improve the acoustics of a room by taming "flutter echoes," "room modes," and other problems which arise from a room's dimensions and construction. Although a variety of treatments are available for commercial use, they tend to be quite expensive. After some research both online and in print, we came across several sources for DIY acoustic treatments using rigid fiberglass panels and simple frames. These are often referred to as "bass traps," although the ones that we're focusing on have a fairly wide rage of absorption. While commercial versions are available for almost $100, we were able to make these panels for about $24 each. We can not take credit for this design, but have combined several people's ideas into a step-by-step guide. For more information, check out the good folks in the acoustics forum at

The Perfect Mix: with notes on Mastering Audio There are many ways to get your songs to final form. What matters is not how you get there, but that you do get there. Lets pretend you are enrolled in one of the world's fine universities and you are writing a Master's Thesis. This is not just "any" piece of drudge paperwork, but the culmination of you education. Every mix is different. Step one is always to calibrate the mixer however you can. Note: If you don't have meters on every channel then you have to use the main meters on the mixer for this. Match the following instruments when soloed in place to the db markers on your mixing desk or your mixdown deck or software. Kick drum 0db Eq to taste. Tip: If using a live drummer, you need to stop the kick drum from resonating too much. Snare -2 db eq to taste in the frequencies above 4khz. Time Out! Lead Vocal 0db use a low cut filter to eliminate rumble and plosive pops around 100-200 hz. Cool trick: Split the main vocal track to two seperate faders. Now you fine tune to taste.

New standard tuning All-fifths tuning is typically used for mandolins, cellos, violas, and violins. On a guitar, tuning the strings in fifths would mean the first string would be a high B, something that was was impractical until recently.[citation needed] The NST provides a good approximation to all-fifths tuning. Like other regular tunings, NST allows chord fingerings to be shifted from one set of strings to another. NST's C-G range is wider, both lower and higher, than the E-E range of standard tuning in which the strings are tuned to the open notes E-A-D-G-B-E. The greater range allows NST-guitars to play repertoire that would be impractical, if not impossible, on a standard-tuned guitar. NST was developed by Robert Fripp, a guitarist for King Crimson. The NST has required greater attention to strings than has standard tuning. History[edit] The open strings of new standard tuning Play Properties[edit] Chord diagrams for new standard tuning The lowest five strings are tuned in perfect fifths from a low C.

Mixing in Stereo: Adding Width and Depth to Your Recordings When it comes to discussing the fine art of mixing music, I tend to approach the subject with some trepidation. After all, compared to many of the topics I’ve written about, this one is rife with subjectivity — one person’s idea of a great sounding mix may be another’s sonic nightmare. And what works for one genre of music will be decidedly wrong for another. But all those variables aside, there are at least a few general theories, tips, and tricks that apply to most mix projects. In a good stereo mix, each instrument needs clarity, balance, separation, and its own space in the stereo field. The Concept At its most basic, mixing in stereo means mixing for the human brain and physiology. But in the real world, much of the process of creating a stereo mix is far from organic or natural. In actual practice, modern stereo mixing has less to do with replicating real world conditions than with creating a good sounding balance between the various musical elements in a recording. The Joys of Mono