Advice from Superstar Producer/Engineer Elliot Scheiner

Elliot Scheiner is one of the top producers/engineers in the world, with 24 Grammy nominations, 7 Grammy awards, 4 Emmy nominations,  1 Emmy award, 3 TEC Awards nominations, etc…. The list goes on!  Even if you don’t know his name,

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Remaking and Remixing The Village by Lee Ritenour

I’m really starting to get into remixing, even though I’m not a dance club, DJ type producer.  I certainly don’t keep up with modern dance music trends, even though I do enjoy the music.  Instead, what I like to do

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Less is More – Bigger sounds through simplification

Less is More! Bigger Sounds through Simplification

Want bigger & fuller sounding songs?  Less is More! The biggest problem I encounter with inexperienced artists, producers, and engineers these days is that there is too much of everything.  Too many parts in the song arrangements.  Too many tracks

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Maximize Your Recording Budget

Revised & Updated! This is an old article I wrote in the early 90s. Quite a bit has changed since then, but most of the advice here still applies. With the reworking of my site in 2012, I have gone

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Can You Really Do It All Yourself?

Recently, someone was thinking about buying a digital recording system and was wondering if he really could get major label quality results from a low budget home studio system.  He was specifically concerned about whether or not he would be

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How to become a Professional Producer / Engineer

Here is a reply of mine to a person who asked “how do you become a professional producer?”. First of all, realize that there is a difference between a “producer” and an “engineer”. The producer is pretty much the creative

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Contemporary Vocal Sound Techniques

Often on newgroups or forums, people will ask how to achieve a certain vocal sound.  The following is my reply to one such post where someone was looking to achieve that contemporary up front, in your face sound, that is

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Understanding Microphones – Dynamics vs. Condensers

Every microphone is different and imparts its own unique sound to whatever you are recording.  There is a very good reason why the best studios have a very large assortment of microphones…. Every microphone is different and imparts its own

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Recording Acoustic Guitars

Random tips and thoughts on recording acoustic guitars taken from several of my postings to the newsgroups. Here are some random tips and thoughts on recording acoustic guitars taken from several of my postings to the newsgroups. — The most

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Compression – A Simple Explanation

My simple explanation of compressors, how they work, and how you can use them. A compressor is basically a variable gain device that is used to either try to smooth out the dynamic range of a signal, or is also

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