Resources for the Recording Musician


October 20, 2012
REQUIRED READING for Music Business Success

Steve's picks for Music Business Success All You Need To Know to Succeed in the Music Business If you are serious about music business success, then the following books are absolutely REQUIRED READING! You can't expect to succeed in this business if you don't fully understand how the business works! Very few people are ever […]

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April 30, 2012
Compression and frequencies

Question: does compression affect different frequencies differently?  More specifically: if a compressor set at the same settings for attack and release were used to attenuate a 100 Hz signal and then a 5000 Hz signal, would the frequencies react differently to the same settings on the same compressor? And if they do, what are the […]

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November 24, 2011
Headphones for the unmentionable

I have a question regarding headphones and mixing.... I think most of us know that mixing in headphones is not a good idea for many reasons. However, many of us, including myself, do not have a lot of control over my mixing environment and often depend on headphones. Are there some headphones that are better […]

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October 7, 2011
Input level question

Hello!  I've not asked you a question in a long time, but now I have a silly question. I don't know if I am recording correctly on a very fundamental issue: input levels.  When I record I push the faders on the input "mixer" (these faders are in my Cubase software - so not real […]

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May 11, 2011
Another question about EQ'ing

I have another question for you about EQ' answered an earlier one for me with great detail and I learned alot from it..... I was experimenting with sweep EQing after watching a video of George Massenberg? demonstrating a parmetric EQ he'd designed. Anyway, after reading up on it and trying it I found I was […]

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March 16, 2011
Decibel reference level

I just started using an audio editing software, and the decibels are negative scaled (zero is SUPER loud, -24 is no noise). I can't find anything in the software documentation about the reference level; is there a standard used in the music biz? Also, is there any chance that the decibels shown in the program […]

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January 8, 2011
Power Consumption

I just want to make sure I have my PA run the safe way. I don't want to trip any breakers playing live. In a large are we use 4 sw218 subs. I run one pair in stereo on a p7000 Yamaha and the other pair off of another P7000 Yamaha. I use 4 main […]

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June 26, 2010
High-cut filter

I'm curious as to how often you might (and I know it probably depends wildly) cut high frequencies as a matter of course. For example, I usually cut quite a bit of low frequencies on most tracks just to keep the muddiness to a minimum in the overall mix. Do you also do the same […]

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May 4, 2010
Question regarding compression

Just a quick question regarding compression - in the DAW environment, is it better to use "more" compressors on a track or fewer compressors " but work them harder? Theoretically, in the DAW world, you could have "unlimited" compressors on a track, but in a real studio, that is using hardware compressors, most of them, […]

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April 26, 2010
Mastering question...sort of

Question: how do professionally recorded and/or mastered audio recordings get that "sheen" or that "glass-like quality" ? Is that something done in the mastering stage, or is it something done during the mixdown stage? Is it something done with a compressor? If so, how is it done? There really is no single answer to this […]

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