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3 Ways to Use Multiband Compression in a Mix
Very interesting tips about multi band compression by Matthew Weiss of www.theproaudiofiles.com. Have a nice reading! “I’ve done a few videos on multiband compression — what it is, some techniques that incorporate multiband compression, etc., and I highly suggest checking those out. However, I also thought it would be nice to give a basic run down of multiband and some common places I find myself using it. And as a side note for you jargon sticklers — yes, dynamic EQ is technically different from multiband compression, but functionally they are very similar. When I think of frequency-based compression, the words “tonal consistency” come to mind. For example, de-essing is generally a form of multiband compression, and it’s most commonly used when the sibilance in a vocal performance is too much. Here, the vocal could be dynamically fine, but the vocal tone is inconsistent because there’s a piercing upper frequency band that keeps poking out on every “s” and “t”. We use the de-esser to make the vocal more tonally consistent, and control those spikes. De-essing aside, here are three ways I tend to use multiband compression in a mix. 1. Controlling Pop Vocal Tone In a lot of styles, a tonally dynamic vocal is […]
Breaking an act – some useful tips for musician!
Thanks to the Bob’s blog “Lefsetz Letter” (check it out!) for this very wonderful article. Everyone should read it! Here below you’ll find the entire article. “BREAKING AN ACT 1. Material It’s an old cliche, but you’re only as good as your songs.  But DON’T make the mistake of believing there’s only one song formula.  If so, you’ll miss out on Yes’ “Roundabout”.  The point is, how you look, how you fit into the scene, your IMAGE is secondary to what you’re actually playing.  And, if you want career longevity, you’ve got to write your own material.  Oh, there are exceptions.  Very COSTLY exceptions.  Try breaking a diva.  But, by writing your own material you give people a chance to BELIEVE IN YOU!  Without revealing yourself, there’s no hook.  Revealing yourself in “Vanity Fair”, or god help me “Us”, is not like revealing yourself in your songs.  Music has a power, a way of conveying meaning that NOTHING ELSE CAN!  No image, no other words.  If you’re truly smart, just put out the songs and say very little. 2. Website Create a place where fans can rally, where people can discover your music.  Be SURE the URL is your band name […]
15 Essential Tips for New Audio Engineers
Thanks to Mark Marshall of theproaudiofiles.com for these interesting tips for new audio engineers. Here below the entire article, don’t miss it. “15 Essential Tips For New Audio Engineers You might be reading this because you want to record and engineer your own music. You may or may not have already been mislead by marketing campaigns geared towards home recordists. Well, that term in itself is outdated. Almost half of the records I make these days are on mobile recording units. It’s hardly a hobbyist way to make a record these days. Usually a few weeks into your maiden voyage, you’ll realize it’s going to be a bumpy ride. Turns out buying gear recommended by the staff at Guitar Center alone will not yield the sounds you desire. At this point you will spiral a little. It’s not as simple as you’ve been led to believe. Engineering a recording is a complicated craft. Just like playing an instrument, it means you’ll have to study and practice. The learning process can be tricky. Many learn from the Internet. The web is an incredibly valuable resource. But, it doesn’t lay out information in a consecutive manner. Meaning you’re likely to learn phase 28 before you […]
What is Mastering?
Thanks to Izotope for this very interesting article! Take a look, here below the complete article. All rights reserved to the author.  There are many definitions of audio mastering. Most commonly, though, the term mastering is used to refer to the process of taking an audio mix and preparing it for distribution. There are several considerations in this process: unifying the sound of a record, maintaining consistency across an album, and preparing for distribution. The Sound of a Record The goal of this step is to correct mix balance issues and enhance particular sonic characteristics, taking a good mix (usually in the form of a stereo file) and putting the final touches on it. This can involve adjusting levels and general “sweetening” of the mix. Think of it as the difference between a good-sounding mix and a professional-sounding, finished master. This process can involve adding broad equalization, applying compression, limiting, etc. This is often actually referred to as “premastering” in the world of LP and CD replication, but let’s refer to it as mastering for simplicity. Consistency Across an Album Consideration also has to be made for how the individual tracks work together when played one after another in an […]