Resources for the Recording Musician


November 13, 2006
Volume issue

I am a newbie starting out recording acoustic guitar to an sm-57 to a lexicon omega into the computer into cubase le.  i am having issue getting good volume.  to compensate i boost up the volume on my speakers really high and the sound becomes very boomy and noisy.  anyone know what might be the […]

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January 21, 2006
Recording Full Drum Set on Mbox

I'm wondering how to go about getting a full drum set (up to 8-9 mic signals) into my little Mbox. How do i mix it down to a lower number of racks before putting it into the Mbox? In order to achieve that with an MBox, or any simple stereo-input type interface, you'll need enough […]

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December 16, 2005
Getting Started TIPs and Techniques

Music-Tech, Recently became involved with a private recording studio, furnished with a Mackie D8B mixer & Multi-track recorder, etc...etc...etc.  Am new at this, but have been reading everything I can get my hands on in order to understand signal flow, compression, gates, effects, etc... Can you recommend any good tips or quick reference guides for […]

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November 15, 2005
Mid frequencies accentuated when recording vocals

I`m using a Rode NTK with Focusrite RED 7 pre.The vocals sound harsh and after cutting  4K and above the vocals sound lifeless/muddy with the mid frequencies 400 to 1500hz accentuated.Is this because of cutting the hi mid or because the room accentuates these frequencies? What can I do to solve the problem? The first […]

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November 11, 2005
Quiet recording levels

Hi there, I'm fairly new to using recording equipment, and I have a problem I can't seem to track down.  I recently got a PreSonus Firebox with an Audio-technica AT4040 condenser microphone.  I plan to use these on my iBook G4, primarily with Logic Express, but possibly with either Garageband 2 or the Cubase LE […]

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April 14, 2005
Using Reference CDs to improve your recordings and mixes

So, you've put a lot of time and energy into recording and mixing you latest and greatest song. You've finally got it to the point where it sounds great in your own studio and you can't wait to play it for your friends! But, when you play it for your friends for the first time […]

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April 6, 2005
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 able to obtain the "warmth" he was used to from analog recordings with a computer […]

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April 1, 2005
General Recording Tips - Part 1

A collection of random recording tips to make your songs sound better. You must remember that in recording, the sound quality is only going to be as good as the weakest link in your recording chain. To improve your sound quality, start at the source. If the source itself doesn't sound good, then no amount […]

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April 1, 2005
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 also wide (stereo) sounding and has some depth to it. Although trying to make the […]

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April 1, 2005
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 unique sound to whatever you are recording.  There is a very good reason why the […]

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