Many home studios, or new to the game producers (hell, even ones that have been in it for a few years!) fail to invest in the correct things to better their quality, their workflow, and their knowledge of this craft. With this in mind, I felt it was worth sharing some insights that allowed me to move from recording 3-4 bands a year, and struggling to quit my full time job - to having my studio booked up 6 months in advance, and working with label bands.
Compression is a topic that's been covered so many times - however, I’ve always approached production more as a science than as an art, and with this in mind, I think you’ll find this quick guide more helpful than you’d first have thought!
Simply put, The Proximity Effect is a phenomenon that increases the low-end frequency response of a microphone the closer to the source it is put.
Acoustic guitar is a fickle instrument to master, more often than not due to the source recording constantly fighting against you in the mix. It’s either too bright, or too warm and boomy, then there’s distortion the builds up from your choice of mic/preamp/compressor… well, we’re here to change all of that!
Whether you're recording or mixing, gain staging is one of the most important jobs you have as an engineer yet it is shrouded in mystery to beginners. Understanding gain staging can take your recording and mixing to a whole new level and allows you to have a clean mix without worrying about clipping.
Listeners to your podcast are constantly engaged and any mistake in your editing can dramatically reduce the perceived quality of the podcast. We're not looking for chopping cut sequences like Youtube. We're looking for clear, consistent content that flows as if the listener was in the room.
In this article, I want to make sure that the very first words you speak are clear and make you feel comfortable. The key to comfort is in your position to the microphone.
How hard can it be to make your own podcast? After all, it's only content and anybody could become a Youtube star so perhaps the same principle applies. Only that it doesn't.