Monday, January 31, 2011

Build your own recording studio desk for cheap

I thought this was a wonderful idea and can save anyone a ton of money. It is importatant to have good recording studio furniture. A good studio desk to fit your room will not only be functional, but pleasing to the eye.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Auralex Elite CT45 Sound Treatment Panel


If you are looking for superb sound treatment for your studio then you will want to look into these panels. These wonderful wall panels are great for reduction of slap and flutter echo. They are also very attractive looking to the eye when up in the studio. They give a pro look and will give you great sound treatment at the same time. They also feature Class A fire code rating and are approved by LEED and other environmental building certifications. One 2' x 4' x 2"panel retails for around $150. For more info visit Auralex here.

Here are the facts:
  • Color: Obsidian Sandstone
  • Quantity: 1
  • 1.05 noise reduction coefficient (NRC)
  • Dimensions: 2' x 4' x 2"
  • Includes impaler clips
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Friday, January 28, 2011

Access Virus TI2 Polar Darkstar Synth keyboard


This is a wonderful and fully loaded synthesizer. It would be an excellent edition to your studio for an array of unique sounds that you create. This powerful synth features a powerful effects section. In addition to phaser, chorus/flanger, ring modulator/shifter, EQ, and a global vocoder, onboard are a new Tape Delay effect, a Frequency Shifter, and new Distortions. There's also a new Character effect, which lets you shape the timbre of the sound and its fit in the mix, using Analog Boost, Lead Enhancer, Bass Enhancer, or Stereo Widener.
It retails for over $3,000. For more info visit Access Music here.

Here are the facts:
  • New Effects, including Tape Delay, Frequency Shifter, new Distortions, and Character
  • 25% more calculating power than Virus TI, and completely redesigned housing
  • Dual DSP system with over 80 stereo voices under average load. (Load depends on which oscillator / filter model has been chosen).
  • Virus Control 3.0 VST and Apple Audio Unit Plug-for Mac OS X and Windows XP. The remote seamlessly integrates the Virus TI into your sequencer, making it feel just like a plug-in.
  • The Virus TI's Audio and MIDI inputs and outputs can be used by the sequencer application as an audio and MIDI interface.
  • The Virus TI is the first hardware synthesizer with sample-accurate timing and delay-compensated connection to your sequencer.
  • WaveTable Oscillators for a completely new array of sounds. WaveTable and conventional Virus oscillators and filters can be mixed.
  • HyperSaw oscillators with up to 9 sawtooths - each with parallel sub oscillator per voice (that's over 1800 stereo oscillators @ 100 voices!).
  • Independent delay and reverb for all 16 multi mode slots.
  • 129 parallel effects. There is reverb and delay, chorus, phaser, ring modulator, distortion, 3 band EQ and the Analog Boost bass enhancer.
  • 2 multi-mode filters (HP, LP, BP, BS) and the Analog Filter (modeled after the MiniMoog cascade filter with 6-24 dB Slope and self-oscillation).
  • Dedicated remote mode turns the Virus TI into an universal remote control for VST / AU plug-ins and external synthesizers.
  • 6 balanced outputs with +4 dB level and switchable soft limiting algorithm. Studio grade 192 khz D/A converters with S/PDIF digital I/O. 2x24 bit inputs. Surround sound capabilities
  • Tap tempo button. The algorithm is based on Access' Sync Xtreme technology.
  • Programmable arpeggiator pattern for every patch.
  • Knob quantize for creating stepped controller movements. The stepping automatically syncs to the Virus clock or an incoming MIDI clock.
  • 3 LFOs with 68 waveforms to choose from.
  • 2 super fast ADSTR envelopes.
  • Extended memory: 512 RAM patches and 2048 ROM patches (rewritable).
  • Adaptive control smoothing for jitter-free modulations on all important parameters.
  • Multi mode with embedded patches.
  • Compatible with USB 2.0 specifications, USB and High-Speed USB devices.
  • Great synth-action keyboard with 37 keys, velocity response, and aftertouch.
  • 2 pedal inputs.
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Genelec 8260A Studio Monitors


These monitors give excellent sound reproduction. They boast 10" bass drivers which is complemented with a 5" midrange drivers and a 3/4" Al-dome tweeters. A strong Die-Cast aluminum enclosure make these bad boys tough. These are some of the better 390-watt Active Tri-amped Studio Monitors I have dealt with this year.
They retail for about $5,000 each. For more info visit Genelec here.

Here are the facts:
  • Digital Input: AES/EBU (single/dual wire)
  • Connector type: XLR Female input
  • Input sampling rate: 32-192kHz
  • Control network: Proprietary Genelec Loudspeaker Manager network (GLM)
  • System calibration: AutoCal, GLM manual, Stand-alone
  • SPL, maximum short time sine wave acoustic output at 1 m on axis in half space, averaged from 100Hz to 3kHz: �113 dB SPL, maximum peak acoustic output per pair with music material: �123dB SPL @ 1m
  • Bass driver: 10"
  • Midrange driver: 5" laminate cone
  • HF driver: 3/4" coaxial Al-dome
  • Crossover frequencies: 490Hz, 2.6kHz
  • Free field frequency response: 29Hz-21kHz (± 1dB)
  • Bass amplifier power: 150W
  • Midrange amp power: 120W
  • Treble amp power: 120W
  • Speaker dimensions: 22-7/16" H x 14-1/16" W x 13-5/8 W (Height with Iso-Pod: 23-3/8")
  • Speaker weight: 60.5 lbs.
  • Includes network cable and Iso-Pod (Isolation Positioner/Decoupler)
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Monday, January 24, 2011

Kawai MP6 Keyboard


This is an amazing instrument for people who play piano. You get 256 built in sounds, a very nice 88 key ivory touch keybed and USB support. Great for live acts and for studio as well.
Retails for $1800. For more info visit Kawai here.
Here are the facts:
  • Progressive Harmonic Imaging
  • 88-Key piano sampling
  • RH action with let-off
  • Ivory Touch key surfaces
  • 2 sets of piano sounds + original MP5 piano set
  • EP sounds
  • Tone wheel organ generator
  • Effects and amp simulator w/ drive
  • USB recorder/player - MP3, .WAV and MIDI
  • USB storage for user settings
  • Continues MP5 controller keyboard concept
  • 4 independent internal and external zones
  • 256 sounds / 256 user setups
  • 3 band EQ with sweepable mid
  • MIDI Transport controls
  • F10H pedal w/ half-dampering
  • Heavy duty music rack
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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Novation UltraNova Synth


If you love playing synths, then you will love this. The UltraNova Synth has wavetable synthesis, 14 filter types, six envelopes, a trio of LFOs, effects, and more. It has a "Touch" performance system, this allows you to trigger envelopes, filters and effects. On top of all that, this bad boy has a vocoder with an included microphone. It is equipped with USB audio interface that streams audio to and from your computer.
It retails for around $700.
For more info visit Novation here.

Here are the facts:
  • 144 character LCD
  • 8x detented touch sensitive encoders
  • 1x large smooth encoder (with back-lit filter lock buttons)
  • 1x large patch select/speed dial encoder
  • 2x volume & monitor mix dials
  • 39 LED lit/indicated buttons
  • Pitch wheel (LED lit)
  • Modulation wheel (LED lit)
  • 37 note keyboard with velocity and aftertouch
  • XLR dynamic mic input
  • 2x 1/4" jack inputs
  • 2x 1/4" jack outputs
  • 2x 1/4" jack aux outputs
  • 1x 1/4" jack headphone output
  • SPDIF digital output on RCA connector
  • Expression pedal on 1/4" jack input
  • Sustain pedal on 1/4" jack input
  • MIDI in/out/thru
  • 12 volt power input (AC adapter included)
  • 2 x 4 audio interface USB port (UltraNova can be powered via USB)
  • Up to 18 note polyphony (dynamic voicing)
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Friday, January 21, 2011

Antares Mic Modeler EFX Plug-In


This is an amazing product. You can make any mic sound like a really high end microphone.
Here is how easy it is. You load the Mic Modeler Plug-in up on a vocal track and you tell it what type of mic you are using,what pattern it is set to and how close it is to the vocalist or any other source. Then you tell the Plug-In what mic you want it to sound like and the effect is amazing. It uses special Spectral Shaping Tool Technology that replicates the sound of expensive high end microphones. Make it sound like a high end tube condenser or a old school ribbon microphone.
The plug-in retails for around $130. Of course I would rather have the real deal expensive microphones but this is a temporary solution for your budget.




Here is a list of microphones you can make yours sound like.
AKG C12A; C414; C414B/ULS Limited Edition Gold; C414B/ULS Modified by Audio Upgrades; 460B/CK61-ULS; D112; C1000S; D790; C3000; C4000B
Alesis AM61
Audio-Technica ATM-11; ATM-31; AT853Rx; AT3525; AT4047/SV; AT4033a/SM; AT4050; AT4055; AT4060
Audix D4; OM2; OM3-xb; OM5
B&K 4007
beyerdynamic M-500 Limited Edition Classic; MC-834; CK-703
Brauner VM1
CAD Equitek E100; Equitek E200; Equitek E350; C400s; VSM1; 95Ni
Coles 4038
Groove Tubes MD1
Earthworks Z30x; TC30K
ElectroVoice N/D357; PL20
Lawson L47MP
Manley Labs Reference Gold
MicroTech Gefell UM 800
Neumann U47; U 87; U 87 70th Anniversary Gold Edition; M 149; TLM 193; KM 184; TLM103
Oktava MC-012; MK-319
RCA BK5A
Rode NT1; NT2; NTV
Royer R-121
Sennheiser MD421; MD441; E609; E835S
Shure Beta 52; Beta 57A; Beta 87A; Beta 98D/S; SM7A; SM57; SM58; SM81; SM98A; KSM32; VP88 Sony C800G; C48; C37P
Sony C37P; C48; C800G; C800G(w)
Telefunken U-47 (Original Tube)

For more info visit Antares here.

Here are the facts:
  • Antares's patented Spectral Shaping Tool technology transforms the sound of your mic
  • Simple controls let you specify the mic you're using and the one you want it to sound like
  • Great for both studio recording and live sound
  • Take control of each mic's specific options (pickup pattern, highpass filter, proximity, tube saturation, and more
  • RTAS, AU, and VST format
  • Compatible with both Mac and PC computers
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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Are USB microphones any good?


A USB microphone can be convenient and inexpensive but I would not recommend them for professional studio work. See, USB microphones are only using only 5v computer USB power as opposed to 48v phantom power that a condenser microphone uses. This means more noise. You may not notice it, but the engineer receiving your voice on the other end probably will. Also depending on your computer this power itself could be noisy and introduce line noise into the signal flow. Plus in traditional Phantom Powered condenser microphones, you are plugged into a pre-amp. With a USB mic you cannot use a pre-amp, the pre-amp is built into it. So you lose some warmth and control of your sound. You also cannot use it in a traditional analog mixer. Do not get me wrong, USB mics can sound decent but I would only use them for demo work, Pod casts and similar projects like that. Use a tradition condenser mic for vocal song recording.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Sound Devices USB Microphone Pre-amp2


This can be used on both Windows and Mac computers. Has two XLR jacks, 24 bit converters and additional inputs for line-level sources. Great sound quality! For more info visit Sound Devices here.


Here are the facts:
  • Extended bandwidth, low-noise microphone preamplifiers with 48 V phantom, limiters, high-pass filters, and 15dB pad
  • Dynamic range greater than 114 dB (in 24-bit operation)
  • Flat 10Hz to 40kHz (@96kHz SR) audio bandwidth with very low distortion
  • Each input individually selectable between microphone, line, and aux level signals (both channels selected simultaneously for S/PDIF connections)
  • Precision, 23-segment, multicolor LED peak/VU meter, selectable between input and output sources
  • High-output headphone amplifier can drive a wide range of headphones
  • Balanced outputs on XLR connectors with dedicated level control can be used to drive line- or mic-level inputs
  • Mix control enables zero-delay monitoring of source audio, computer audio, or a mix of both source and computer audio for multitrack recording or computer telephony
  • Phono (RCA) jacks connect Aux Output to external loudspeakers or preamplifiers
  • Bus powering via USB for convenient, single-cable connection to the computer
  • In Stand-Alone mode the USBPre 2 operates as a microphone preamplifier and analog-to-digital converter
  • Hardware loop-through for test & measurement to send computer audio directly back to an input
  • High-strength extruded aluminum chassis
  • Mac OS X 10.4+, Windows XP/Vista/7, and Linux, class-compliant audio device
  • Mac OS provides a driver that supports 24-bit/192kHz
  • Windows supplies drivers that support 24-bit/48kHz
  • Additional features controlled by hardware DIP switches on the back panel
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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Kurzweil PC3K8 keyboard workstation


This Kurzweil workstation will blow your mind. Has a huge sample library that includes some incredible sounds never heard before. With a 128MB sample memory, it gives you tons of flexibility and possibilities.
It has 88 fully weighted keys and includes a USB port so you can plug in a thumb drive to save and load data. This bad boy retails for around $4,000 but you can get it a bit cheaper at certain stores.
For more info visit Kurzweil here.
Here are the facts:
  • 88-note fully weighted hammer action, with velocity- and aftertouch-sensitive keys
  • Quick release spring gives keys the response needed for synth/organ parts
  • 128MB nonvolatile sample flash RAM
  • Compatible with K 2/25/26 series libraries and programs
  • Large backlit LCD with dedicated back-panel brightness and contrast controls
  • 128-voice polyphony, dynamically allocated, lightning-fast performance
  • Multitimbral: 16 parts (one per MIDI channel)
  • Over 850 stunning factory presets, many of which use 10-20 layers
  • Features samples from PC2 Base Sound ROM, Orchestral, Classic Keys, String Section ROM, and more
  • Over 64 KB3 programs
  • Includes 96 factory MIDI setups and 128 user-programmable MIDI setups
  • MIDI setups include 8 independent zones, effects and arpeggiator settings
  • General MIDI compatible
  • 2,560 locations for user-created preset programs
  • 2,560 locations for user-created MIDI Setups
  • ROM expansion slot
  • 16 insert effects distributed over 12 buses and 2 auxiliary sends
  • Over 300 effects, including reverb, delay, chorus, phaser, EQ, distortion, compression, and more
  • Master effects section with 5-band parametric EQ and 3-band compressor
  • Pitch and modulation wheels
  • 9 front-panel sliders/drawbar controllers
  • 2 front-panel switches (momentary or toggle, software selectable)
  • 3-switch pedal input
  • 2 continuous-control pedal inputs, mono pressure
  • Super Ribbon input
  • Breath-controller input
  • Controller values can be "captured" and stored as part of a program
  • "Info" soft button displays what the PC3's assignable controllers are doing in each program
  • "Easy Audition" lets you preview patches with short sound sequences
  • 16 independent arpeggiators with multiple latch modes, selectable play orders, and more
  • 4 x ¼" balanced TRS analog (24-bit DACs)
  • Rear-panel ¼" headphone output
  • 24-bit stereo S/PDIF featuring 44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192kHz modes
  • Syncable to external clock
  • MIDI input, Output, and Throughput (hardware switchable to copy of MIDI output)
  • Complete MIDI functionality over USB, including data storage and OS updates via thumb drive
  • USB thumb drive memory port lets you store and load programs, OS updates, and sequences.
  • Free OS updates
  • 55 lbs.
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Monday, January 17, 2011

Korg MicroKey compact keyboard


This wonderful keyboard controller is small enough to fit in a large backpack. The feel of the keys gives it realistic sensitivity. It has 37 keys which gives it a pretty decent range of play. It also has 2 USB ports and comes with Korg's M1 Le synth software. It is ready to make music as soon as you bring it home. Retails for around $100. For more information visit Korg.

Here are the facts:
  • 37 Natural Touch mini keys
  • Velocity-sensing keybed
  • Pitch bend wheel, modulation wheel, octave up, and octave down buttons
  • 1 x USB type B port for connection to your computer
  • 2 x USB type A ports act as a 2-port USB hub, so you can connect your nanoPAD, nanoKONTROL, and other USB devices to your setup
  • USB bus power (<>
  • Dimensions: 22.24" x 5.47" x 2.13"
  • Weight: 2.21 lbs.
  • Includes USB cable an M1 Le software synthesizer
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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Rode NT2-A Studio Microphone


What really makes this microphone a steal is that it comes with a shockmount,cable,dust cover and a tutorial DVD. Besides the extras, this gem is a wonderful condenser studio microphone. Has a variable pick-up pattern, variable high-pass filter and a pad adjustment.
There are also switches on the body of the microphone where you can switch from figure 8, Omni or Cardioid pick up pattern. It is built with a TYPE HF1 dual diaphragm capsule. The sound is very modern yet silky smooth like old school microphones.
It retails at around $400. For more info visit Rode Microphones here.







Here are the facts:
  • The Australian designed and manufactured HF1 1" edge terminated, gold sputtered, dual 5 um diaphragm capsule.
  • 3-position variable polar pattern: Omni, Cardioid & Figure 8; all controlled on the mic.
  • 3-position variable high-pass filter: Flat, 80 Hz or 40 Hz.
  • 3-position variable pad: 0 dB, -5 dB or -10 dB.
  • Ultra low noise, transformerless SMT circuitry.
  • Wide dynamic range.
  • High strength heat-treated steel mesh head.
  • Durable satin nickel finish.
  • Internal capsule shock mounting.
  • Supplied complete with soft pouch and clip.
  • Designed and manufactured in Sydney, Australia.
  • SM6 Shockmount
  • XLR Cable
  • Microphone Dust Cover
  • Exclusive NT2-A Recording Techniques DVD w/John Merchant
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Saturday, January 15, 2011

What studio monitors are right for you?


Let's face it, your monitors are the most important piece of equipment you have. They let you know how everything is sounding. When picking a pair out there are some things to remember. Studio monitors come as near field monitors, mid field monitors, and far monitors. Near field monitors are best for mixing since they are closest to you
They also have passive and active monitors. They both sound the same but the difference is passive you need an external amplifier to power them and active have an amplifier built in. Most people find active to be more convenient. Many major studios will have a few different pairs on monitors in the room so the engineer can hear the mix on different sets of speakers. The key is to get to know your monitors and whether they are a lower costing pair or the highest end possible, it is up to your ears to know what sounds good.


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Shure Beta 98A/C Microphone


This little microphone is great to use on Drums, pianos, wind instruments and more. Great for tight spots and has big mic sound in a little package. Comes with a shockmount swivel adapter which makes for easy mounting on any standard mic stand. It retails for around $200.
For more info visit Shure Microphones here.







Here are the facts:
  • Type: Electret Condenser
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Output Impedance: 179 ohms
  • Sensitivity (at 1kHz, open circuit voltage): -48.0 dBV/Pa (4.0 mV)
  • Maximum SPL (1kHz at 1% THD) 1,000 ohm load: 144dB
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio (referenced at 94dB SPL at 1kHz): 64dB
  • Dynamic Range (at 1kHz) 1,000 ohm load: 114dB
  • Common Mode Rejection (20Hz-20kHz): >50 dB
  • Clipping Level (1kHz at 0.25% THD): 1,000 ohm load: 1.0dBV (1.26V)
  • Self Noise (typical, equivalent SPL, A-weighted): 30dB SPL
  • Polarity: Positive pressure on diaphragm produces positive voltage on pin 2 with respect to pin 3
  • Weight: 0.6 oz.
  • Connector: 3-pin XLR, male, balanced
  • Power Requirements: 11-52Vdc phantom, 3.6mA
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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Getting to know your mixing board and bussing


Upon first glance of a studio mixer, it looks complicated. It really is not. Once you get to know one channel strip, all the rest are the same. The mixer itself is made up of various different sliders that control the amplitude of a track. The Channel strip acts as a volume control, equalizer, and many other things. It's important to understand that the channel strip controls the level of the INPUT of the instrument, not the output. Confusing these two will result in feedback loops, unwanted distortion and more problems. the INPUT level is the level before the instrument or performance goes into the recording software. The mixer also has a preamplifier for your microphone. The gives power and amplification to your mic. You would plug your microphone into the XLR jack on the back or sometimes top of the mixer. There are also 1/4 inch jacks for instruments.
Another important thing when using a mixer is the bus feature.
Signals enter a mixer through inputs and leave on buses. A bus is simply an independent route out of a mixer. The most common example is the master stereo bus, corresponding to the main left and right stereo outputs. A mixer bus accepts signals from all channels assigned to it and takes them to a specific place, usually an output. When using a digital mixer within software such as ProTools, you can take 4 tracks with vocals on them and bus all 4 to a new auxiliary track. On this new track you can add compression and EQ to all 4 vocal tracks at once instead of compression and EQ on each individual track. This saves time and computer processing power.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Allen and Heath ZED-10FX Mixer


This mixer could be used for live mixing or in a small home studio. It comes with effects built in.
The effects include a number of delays and reverbs, including a ping-pong delay. The reverbs have different variations that make it sound like an arena or hall. You'll also like the flanger and the chorus.
The pre amps are great for the price range. They are very quiet and have a nice sound with plenty of gain. There no mute buttons on the channel strips which is a bit of a downer.
Retails for about $300.
For more info visit Allen & Heath here.

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Should you trademark your band or artist name?


If you are wondering if you should trademark your name then the answer is yes!

If you fail to trademark your band or artist name, another band or artist with the same name could trademark it and stop me from using it.
See, many artists and bands decide to wait until they have achieved some career milestone before registering a trademark for their name. This is not a good idea if you are trying to make a career out of your music.
If you are serious about your music, get the trademark and treat it like a business.

It is expensive but
worth the money! First you must do a formal search of the name you want to trademark and see if it is being used elsewhere and this will cost around $500. The actually trademark is $350 and lawyer fees can run around $1,000.
You can do it a bit cheaper without a lawyer at sites like Legal Zoom. For more info check out LegalZoom.com today.

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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Kurzweil SP4-7 Keyboard


This is a wonderful stage piano that is perfect for people that play piano and synths. It is super lightweight at just 24lbs. Some of the sounds include pianos, basses, strings, guitars, drums, synths, and more. It is extremely easy to use on stage and you can set up zones and layers on the fly and you can quickly configure up to four separate zones to add depth live performances.
Priced at around $1400 but you can find deals.
For more info visit Kurzweil here.

Here are the facts!
  • 76 semi-weighted keys offer a fine balance between piano-style and synth-style action
  • 128 sounds taken from the PC3 workstation series
  • Includes electric and acoustic pianos, basses, strings, guitars, drums, synths, ensembles, and more
  • 4 zones, including splits and layers
  • Full-fledged effects library
  • Weighs 24 lbs.
  • Small frame makes it highly portable
  • Timbre and effects adjustment available from a simple interface
  • Pitch and mod wheels
  • 1/4" headphone output
  • MIDI input, output, and throughput
  • Complete MIDI functionality over USB, plus OS updates
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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Vocal Compression


Next to reverb, a compressor is the next best thing to have in your studio. For those who are a little unsure as to what a compressor does, it reduces the difference between the loudest and quietest parts of a piece of music by automatically turning down the gain when the signal gets past a predetermined level. You see faders on a mixer can be used to set the overall balance of the voices and instruments that make up a song, small changes such as a loud guitar note or a vocal scream are less easy to deal with manually so this is where a compressor comes in. Plus it gives vocals a unique sound that you can hear in every major recording today!
On a compressor you have Threshold, Ratio, Attack and Release.
Threshold: It is the loudest a level can get before the compressor kicks in. You set this level for the compressor.
Ratio:
When the input signal exceeds the Threshold, gain reduction is applied, but the actual amount of gain reduction depends on the 'Ratio' setting. You will see the Ratio expressed in the form 4:1 or similar.
Attack:
The attack time is how long a compressor takes to pull the gain down, once the input signal has reached or exceeded the Threshold.
Release:
The Release sets how long it takes for the compressor's gain to come back up to normal once the input signal has fallen back below the Threshold.

There is no real right or wrong way to use compression. As long as it sounds good to you and what you are trying to achieve. Practice makes perfect.

Artists and bands! Be sure to submit your music to these radio networks:
www.hardcorejamz.com (Playing Hip-Hop and R&B)
www.hardcoremix.com (Playing Rock,Pop,Country,Jazz,Gospel,Electro and more)
Submit music on either site!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Antares Auto Tune 7 Plug-in

If you like the sound of auto tune on your songs or if you use it for pitch correction like it is intended, you will love this. If you're not already familiar with automatic pitch correction, then here is the way it works. It is simple, you just define your scale (by hand or by selection one of the minor, major, chromatic or 26 historical and microtonal scales included in Auto-Tune 7's library), set the retuning speed (slow for a natural sound, fast for T-Pain effects), and then let the program do the work. For vocalists who use it to actually correct bad notes it is excellent and very natural sounding. By displaying the vocal performance along a piano-roll-style time line, you can easily grab, drag, and correct individual notes.

It retails for around $400 but is a wonderful plug-in to work with.
For more info visit Antares here.


Here are the facts:
  • The second generation of Evo voice processing technology
  • Extremely high-quality and easy-to-use pitch and time correction and manipulation system
  • Enhanced Amplitude Envelope Display
  • Integrated data file management system
  • Adjust Throat Length on an individual correction object basis
  • Record MIDI note information in Graphical Mode and create Note Objects from it
  • Enhanced Graphical Mode Adjust Vibrato function
  • Smooth continuous scrolling of graphical audio data
  • Amplitude envelope in the graphical editing window
  • Expanded Key Binding shortcuts to incorporate the new time manipulation controls
  • The option to display the graphical timeline as bars and beats
  • Available in RTAS, AU, and VST format - Mac and PC

Artists and Bands! Submit your music to
www.hardcorejamz.com (Playing Hip-Hop and R&B)
www.hardcoremix.com (Playing Rock,Pop,Country,Jazz,Gospel,Electro and more)
Submit your best tracks on either site. Large radio networks.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Auralex Studio Foam


These foam wedges are perfect for smaller studios and home studios. Easy to set up in a control room, vocal booth and more. They provide pretty good sound absorption and can be used by themselves or with bass traps and diffusers. They easily stop echo and they also look great.
Twelve wedges covers about 48 square feet. A box of twelve is about $200 but well worth the money if you want industry standard sound treatment for your studio.
For more info visit Auralex here





Artists and bands don't forget to submit your music to these two radio networks.
www.hardcorejamz.com (Hip-Hop and R&B)
www.hardcoremix.com (Rock,Pop,Country,Jazz,Electro,Gospel and more)
Submit music on either site!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

EQ tips and tricks


EQ is a crucial part of mixing. A general rule to always remember is when equalizing during mixing try to reduce unwanted frequencies more than you boost desired frequencies. When you boost too much it can be too much for your mix. In other words if you want more bass, cut some of the higher frequencies around the bass to make the bass stand out more. You will get a clearer mix by doing this. It takes some practice to get it right but it works.

Here are some frequencies and how they can benefit your mix with increase or reduction.

50Hz: Increase to add more fullness to lowest frequency instruments like foot, toms, and the bass. Reduce to decrease the "boom" of the bass.

80Hz: Increase for a more booming bass for Hip-Hop and R&B.

100Hz: Increase to add a harder bass sound to lowest freq instruments. Reduce to remove boom on guitars & increase clarity.

200Hz: Increase to add fullness to vocals. Reduce to decrease gong sound of cymbals.

400Hz: Increase to add clarity to bass lines especially when speakers are at low volume. Reduce to decrease ambiance on cymbals.

800Hz: Increase for clarity and "punch" of bass. Reduce to remove "cheap" sound of guitars.

3KHz: Increase for more "pluck" of bass. Reduce to increase breathy, soft sound on background vocals.

5KHz: Increase for vocal presence. Reduce to soften "thin" guitar.

7KHz: Increase to add attack on low freq drums. Reduce to decrease "s" sound on singers.

10KHz: Increase to brighten vocals. Reduce to decrease "s" sound on singers.

15khz:
Increase to make sampled synth sound more real.

Practice makes perfect so experiment!

Artists and bands submit your music to these radio networks:
www.hardcorejamz.com (Hip-Hop and R&B)
www.hardcoremix.com (Rock,Pop,Country,Jazz,Gospel,Electro and more)
Submit music on the site

Monday, January 3, 2011

Groove Tubes Model PF-2 Pop Filter


Not all pop filters are the same. The standard mesh ones are fine at first but eventually they wear out and start to smell from everyone singing into them.
The Groove Tubes is designed with a stretched mesh steel that diverts air at a 35-degree angle. It forces any extra air energy up to be diverted, avoiding air contact with the diaphragm. It does this without filtering the frequencies of the sound on its way to the mic. A wonderful thing that will last for years to come. At $29.00 it is a steal.
For more info visit http://www.groovetubes.com

The Facts:
*Stretched mesh steel design
*Louvres the air at a 35 degree angle downward away from the microphone capsule.

Artists and bands don't forget to submit your music to these two radio networks.
www.hardcorejamz.com (Hip-Hop and R&B)
www.hardcoremix.com (RockPop,Country,Jazz,Electro,Gospel and more)
Submit music on either site

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Roland Octa-Capture USB recording interface


The OCTA-CAPTURE by Roland is equiped with eight impressive VS Mic Preamps and 24-bit/192kHz AD/DA conversion and a USB 2.0 interface. It has 40-bit DSP-driven cue mixing so you can set up four independent stereo mixes easily. It will work with most Mac and PC digital audio workstations. Set up is fast and easy. For more info visit Roland here.
The Facts:
Computer Connection Type USB
Form Factor Desktop
Simultaneous I/O 12 x 10
A/D Resolution 24-bit/192kHz
Built In DSP/FX Yes
Number of Audio Inputs 8
Audio Inputs Types 2 x Combo (Mic/Hi-Z), 6 x Combo (Mic/Line)
Number of Audio Outputs 9
Audio Output Types 2 x TRS (Main), 6 x TRS, 1 x TRS (Headphone)
Number of Digital Inputs 2
Digital Input Types 1 x S/PDIF (Coax)
Number of Digital Outputs 2
Digital Output Types 1 x S/PDIF (Coax)
Number of Preamps 8
Phantom Power Yes
MIDI I/O In, Out
Bus Powered No
Depth 6.25"
Width 11.19"
Height 2"
Weight 2.94 lbs.