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Recording Drums part 4 – Compression

Welcome to part 4. Compression is the most misunderstood, but also incredibly powerful tools at our disposal. Once again, we’re joined by engineer Jay Stapley to help walk us through the basics…. What is compression? In the video below, Jay describes how compression is often described as a tool that ‘reduces the dynamic range of the […]
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Recording Drums part 3 – Gates

Welcome to part 3. By this point in the game, you’ve finished recording your drums, and you’re well on the way to creating a polished mix. In our last post, we looked at the basics of applying EQ to your kick and overheads with the help of musician and engineer Jay Stapley. This week, Jay […]
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Recording Drums part 2 – EQ for Drums

In part 1 of our recording drums series, we looked at how to set up and mic your drums. For part 2, we’re moving to the mix. By this stage, we’re going to assume that you’ve followed the advice in part one to a point where you’re happy with the recorded result. We’re also going to assume […]
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Recording and Mixing Electric Guitars

The electric guitar is the most successful and widely adopted instrument in modern popular music. In fact, a recent study shows that the electric guitar has now overtaken the violin as the most popular musical instrument for children to learn. Traditionalists might sneer at the changing musical demographic, but the fact remains, electric guitars are […]
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Recording Drums: part 1 – Setting up and Microphone technique

A full drum kit can be one the most difficult instruments to record successfully. It requires a great deal of patience and a skilful drummer to achieve excellent results. Don’t let this discourage you, though, as your efforts will reward you with far more individual character than is possible with software or drum machine alternatives. So how […]
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8 Tips for Better Vocal Recordings

For the overwhelming majority of recorded music – particularly pop music – vocals are both the lead and the finishing touch of your musical masterpiece. Providing you’ve done your homework and taken great care throughout the recording process, your track should now be ready to shine. So how do you capture the perfect vocal? A […]
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Recording & Mixing Bass Guitar

Bass is the backbone of your music, and in many cases – particularly with more modern styles – the whole metaphorical house would collapse without it. Lou Reed once put the importance of bass across rather well. “I wouldn’t want to hear Beethoven without beautiful bass, the cellos, the tuba. It’s very important. Hip-hop has thunderous […]
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How to Record and Mix Vocals

The human voice is extremely complex. Man made instruments, such as the piano, flute or even the guitar, can be emulated through sampling and synthesis successfully. Vocals, however, vary so much in tone, character and dynamics that they are extremely difficult to reproduce synthetically – at least to a convincing level. Subsequently, although it is […]
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How to Record & Mix Acoustic Guitars

Reproducing the sound of an acoustic guitar presents a different set of challenges to that of an electric guitar. When we look at recording electric guitars, the focus is on capturing great tone from your amplifier. With acoustic guitars, the focus is switched more directly to the instrument itself, and in doing so we open up […]
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Will recording vocals with a dynamic mic sound better in a lively room?

Recording vocals in a room with less than ideal acoustics can be tricky. If any undesirable sounding room reflections make it back into your microphone, the finished result will sound amateur and unpolished. One solution is to hang duvets behind and to the sides of the vocalist, which will help to prevent unwanted reflections from […]
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How to choose the right Shure studio headphones for your needs

Cheaper, consumer grade earphones/headphones might work for casual listening applications, but when it’s time to record your music, every detail matters. Any imperfections missed during the tracking/mixing stage will only be accentuated by the mastering process; therefore, it is imperative that you can hear every note and nuance in crystal clear detail. Investing in a […]
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10 Recording tips for Electric Guitar Players – Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of our 10 recording tips for electric guitar players. In part one we looked at our first 5 tips to get you on the road to success. Recording can seem daunting, but with digital home studio gear becoming more affordable than ever, great results can be achieved with a relatively small […]
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10 Recording Tips for Electric Guitar Players – Part 1

Recording your own music can seem daunting as there are many different ways to go about it and the technology can feel like a big learning curve. Fortunately, thanks to advances in home recording over the last decade or two, recording your music has never been easier. Perhaps even more significantly, professional results can be achieved at home or […]
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High resolution audio – Are you creating a sonic bottle-neck?

At the time of writing, there is a lot of hype surrounding the release of Neil Young’s PonoMusic. This post is, to a certain extent, inspired by Neil Young’s project…. Not sure what Pono is? Let me explain….. PonoMusic is an end-to-end ecosystem for music lovers, consisting of a new music player and download service […]
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Unusual Recording Techniques: Trash Mic

To kick start a new blog series featuring unconventional studio techniques, we recently put an SM57 in a bucket of water and placed it next to the kick drum. Are we mad I hear you ask? All can be revealed by reading the post ;–) . This time, we’re looking at yet another experimental technique […]