Archive for Mixing

Getting a Handle on Compression

Posted in Newbies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 9, 2007 by Chris Bracco

For some reason, compression was just one of those things for me that I just could not grasp right away. Ratios, thresholds, limiters, maximizers, attack, release…..I didn’t want any part of it. I just figured that compression was something that HAD to be done on a track, and I would just select a preset I THOUGHT sounded nice, and that was that. Little did I know, I was being a total ignorant jerkass. And my music sounded like shit.

Found this article a while back, really helped me grasp the basic functions of a typical compressor:

http://d4dirtyrecords.com/myblog/how-to-use-a-compressor-tutorial-3.html

I really like the analogy that he uses:

A compressor is like a little man who sits there with a remote control for the volume. Every time he hears the sound is too loud he turns the volume down until it’s quieter and then he turns it back up.

your welcome. 🙂

_chris

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Blue University

Posted in Recording Techniques with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 9, 2007 by Chris Bracco

While browsing the homerecording BBS the other day, i stumbled across a post that linked me to a place called Blue University. This is an absolutely incredible site if you want to learn about Blue Microphones and the process of recording. Sign-up is free, and the “curriculum” is seperated by degrees. It goes from B.A.S. Level to M.A.S. Level to PhD. Level, and you can take whichever ones you want (take ’em all!).

Sure, since this is being offered by the Blue Microphone company there are going to be lots of references to their products. But there is lots of valuable information about microphones in general that you can take away from this website.

Soooooo, here’s the link: http://www.bluemic.com/

Sign Up NOW!!!!!

_chris

Dorm Room Recording

Posted in Newbies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 9, 2007 by Chris Bracco

If you’re a college student living in the dorms or an off-campus apartment, and you are unable to rent some space, there actually are ways to make your dorm room or apartment a legit place to record music. Having a low budget also comes with the territory of being a college student, and this interesting read I found keeps all of these factors in mind:

http://homerecording.about.com/od/homestudiobasics/bb/Dorm_Studio.htm

quotemark.gifFear not! It’s never been a better time to set up a home studio; technology is growing fast, and the gap between expensive and inexpensive gear — both financial and quality-wise — is getting smaller every day.

So if you’re a college musician just startin’ out, and looking for a way to record your music with decent quality, definitely check out this article.

_chris

The Quick Mix

Posted in Mixing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 9, 2007 by Chris Bracco

I thought this would be an excellent article to kick off the blog.

http://www.homerecording.com/bbs/showthread.php?t=51645

Creating a “quick mix” is a very helpful thing to do before even thinking about the final mix. Nice balance between the instruments and the vocals, and some EQ, compression and reverb if necessary. This is a great way to come up with something to show your client as a preview. Also, if you’ve already starting working on the final mix, but something just isn’t right, this method serves as an excellent start-over approach.

quotemark.gifIt wasn’t what I’d call a finished mix, but it was decent and provided me with a model to listen to as I got familiar with the sound of the tracks. It’s a valuable to skill to have, especially when you don’t have time for diving into a complete mix—those times when you want something to hear in the car or a demo to give to a client for review, etc.
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enjoy.

_chris