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Breaking Down the Professional PA System

Written by Mike Harmon | Posted in: Tech on June 13, 2012

We’ve all seen that crazy dude behind the soundboard that may or may not have any sort of idea what he’s doing. Not to worry...he’s just the one that’s in charge of whether or not you sound good from where the audience is standing.

Audio Mastering 101

Written by Mike Harmon | Posted in: Tech on May 09, 2012

To use an analogy, mastering audio is like decorating a cupcake. The cupcake has not yet been frosted, and although it would taste great on its own, adding the frosting is what REALLY makes the Cupcake taste great.

DIY Mixing Tips: DOs and DON’Ts

Written by Mike Harmon | Posted in: Tech on March 08, 2012

There are several important things to keep in mind when mixing in your Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) to keep you from running into dead ends. Here are a few DOs and DON'Ts when it comes to mixing in your DAW.

DIY Mixing Tips: Effects

Written by Mike Harmon | Posted in: Tech on March 06, 2012

In order to mix to the best of your ability, you should have an understanding of the main types of effects used in a mix. Although there are millions of ways you can manipulate any sound in the sonic universe, there are several main categories that individual effects are categorized under.

DIY Mixing Tips: The Workspace

Written by Mike Harmon | Posted in: Tech on February 08, 2012

Whether it’s speed metal or Tuvan throat singing, mixing audio recordings is an art. If you’re producing your own record out of your basement or working on a client’s album in your commercial studio, there are several steps that need to be taken to prepare your studio workspace before you take on such a project.

How to Properly Mic a Drum Kit

Written by Mike Harmon | Posted in: Tech on January 11, 2012

Setting microphones around a drum kit can be a bit confusing if you haven't done it before. Although you have several microphones picking up different sources, it's important to think of the drum set as a single instrument.

Analog Audio with Robert Yen, Jr.

Written by Mike Harmon | Posted in: Tech on November 16, 2011

One main argument amongst audiophiles is the preference of music recorded on an analog format to that of the digital realm. With music and technology now in the digital age, the once standard record-making process has been altered to adhere to a more convenient workflow.

Izotope Introduces Ozone 5

Written by Aidan Rush | Posted in: Tech on November 01, 2011

iZotope will soon be unveiling Ozone 5, their newest mastering suite! We met up with the iZotope team at this year's AES conference in NYC and got to sneak a peek at the newly designed user interface and 3D graphing technology. Check out our interview with Jack Cote below to see some of the exciting new features of Ozone 5 for yourself! .

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