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Ear Fatigue Symptoms When Mixing With Headphones & Monitors

Wednesday - Mar 2, 2016 Mixing & Mastering

The whole lot of us are guilty... guilty of not taking care of our ears even though it's our livelihood.  We listen to our favorite records too loud, we go to live concerts without ear plugs, and we sit in movie theaters till our ears bleed and ear drums rupture and the world ends! Okay, […]

Audio Mixing for Dummies

Monday - Feb 22, 2016 Mixing & Mastering

The best way for beginners to start producing acceptable mixes is not to focus on what they should be doing but to simply avoid what they shouldn't be doing.  If you can make it past the handful of mixing mistakes most newbies make, you're no longer a newbie.  And we can get you there in […]

Headroom in Audio Recording: What, Why, & How

Sunday - Feb 21, 2016 Studio Recording

What in the world is headroom?  Why should we care?  Even if we did care, how the heck do we use it? These are the three most common questions surrounding this mysterious topic.  Most people who are trying to record a song aren't interested in perfection, so they just hit the 'record' button and go. […]

Matching Levels in Home Recordings for Even Playback

Thursday - Feb 4, 2016 Mixing & Mastering

The number one thing that screams "amateur recording" to even the most casual music listener is popping in a CD or loading up some MP3's and having to crank up the volume twice or even three times as far as commercial music.  Then when they forget to turn it back down and destroy their subwoofers […]

DubTurbo Review - The Software Shortcut to Making Dubstep

Friday - Nov 20, 2015 Gear Reviews

I personally decided that I'd hunt around and give the best of these software options a chance.  It clearly became obvious after an hour of searching online that a piece of software called DubTurbo was the clear winner, not only by popularity but in quality. The problem was getting any real insight into DubTurbo.  Due […]

Microphone Pickup Patterns: Understanding & Using Directionality

Thursday - Oct 22, 2015 Studio Recording

Imagine this scenario: you have a bluegrass band that has four members and they want to record live with all four members.  So you make them stand at the four points of a square facing each other so they can jive off each other's energy.  You go for close miking on each band member to isolate […]