Resources for the Recording Musician


November 3, 2007
Pre- or post-fader?

I use Cubase SX 3.  I have a question regarding where one would use an effect like Ozone in the stereo bus chain.  Should it be used pre-fader or post-fader.  In Cubase there are eight slots on the stereo output bus.  Six of the eight are pre-fader and the last two are post-fader. Also, now […]

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September 11, 2007
Guitar Recording Question

so far I only recorded voice in my studio with my Amek recording pre-amp/eq (9098) and a Neuman U87 microphone. today I set up my fender amp in my studio and miked it with the Neuman running through the Amek recording pre-amp, but I ran into the following problem which I can't figure out: the […]

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August 22, 2007
Effects Order

I have a question regarding order of effects on the stereo output channel. I have Ozone 3 which is a "mastering" plug in. It contains a graphic EQ, some compressors, reverb, etc. I also have a separate compressor which I like to use to add a little kick to the mix and even out the […]

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August 5, 2007
Phasing and phase correction

Doctor:I've recently become aware of phasing and attempts to correct it.  It's a bit tricky.  An out of phase track or instrument really disappears when you listen to the final product.First of all, is it good to have some amount of phase differential in a song.  It seems like phasing can add a bit of […]

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July 17, 2007
New to recording - MIDI vs Audio

I'm new to recording so please bare with me. I'm attempting to use my keyboard to record MIDI into my Mbox. However it wont record loops from the keyboard. Also, if I change settings after I record one thing whatever I previously recorded takes on the new sound I switched to. If anyone knows a […]

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June 13, 2007
A thanks and a question regarding guitar amp mic

First a thanks.  I wrote you a few months back about a good "all-around" mic.  Among many suggestions, you mentioned that AT4050.  I did some additional research and decided to try that mic.  I really like it -sweet tone, easy to use, somewhat affordable. Next a question about micing a guitar amp.  Do you have […]

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April 1, 2007
Microphone Suggestion

Oh Wise One: I am in the market for a good all around microphone.  I'm willing to spend between $1,000 to $1,200.  Ideally I'd like a mic which I could use for everything from vocals, to drum overhead to miking a guitar cab.  I was thinking about the Neumann TLM-103.  They have received really good […]

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February 17, 2007
16 and 32 bit dithering

Oh Wise One: If I'm taking a track which was recorded in 16 bits and making it into an audio file to place on a mastering track, do I save it in the audio file as 16 or 32 bits?  Can I save it as a 32 bit file so long as I dither it […]

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February 5, 2007
What's a Leveling Amp ????

What's a Leveling Amp ???? It's basically a compressor/limiter.  Here's a link to the modern remake of the most famous and sought after leveling amp, the Teletronix LA-2A. We had a couple of these in the big studio I used to work at, Triad Studios, and I loved them for bass and vocals, and […]

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February 1, 2007
Mastering Madness!!!

Greetings Master of All-Things-Audio: I really need your help. About a year ago I had asked you which audio production software you liked, why, etc.  I chose Cubase SX3 and I really enjoy it -it's relatively steep on the learning curve, but once you get that down, you can go nuts. I spent a few […]

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