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Eric Valentine of BareFootRecording on EQing Drums Recorded with *One Mic*

April 27, 2013 Equalizers

Eric uses all bands of his EQ to achieve an incredible, musical Motown sound with just one mic.

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Save Sound City (The Album): Dynamic Range

March 8, 2013 Mastering

Dave Grohl loves analog recordings but, unfortunately, the CD release has fallen prey to “The Loudness Wars”.

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Better Reaper Mouse Editing on Apple Laptops

March 3, 2013 DAWs, Reaper

I’ve spent some time customizing Reaper to iron out what I consider to be the big kinks it its editing

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New “Dan Connor” Release: “The Return of Agency”

March 3, 2013 Self Promotion

Dan Connor releases a new mini-LP called “The Return of Agency”.

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Loudness War? Compare the Dynamics of Releases

October 29, 2012 Compression (audio), Mastering

Useful website that aggregates information on the dynamics of various album releases as submitted by users.

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Steve Albini Dishes on His Approach to Recording Drums

April 29, 2012 Drums, Tracking

Albini’s beautifully opinionated approach to recording is perhaps most evident recording drums, capturing the instrument in an authentic way.

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Mic Placement for Metal Guitar (Video)

April 15, 2012 Microphones, Placement, Tracking

A brilliant video on mic placement & axis positioning for recording metal guitars.

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Mixing with Headphones: Avoiding Disaster

March 26, 2012 Headphones, Mixing

If you absolutely must mix with headphones, here are some tips to help avoid the biggest mistakes people make.

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Why 24/192 HD Audio Distribution Does More Harm Than Good

March 6, 2012 Sample Rates

Today I read an excellent writeup on the tribulations of distributing music at “HD” quality like 192khz/24bit. In his writeup he goes over some of the very things I’ve brought up in the past: harmonic distortion introduced by ultrasonic frequencies, storage considerations, and the extremely well-documented limits to human hearing. Christopher “Monty” Montgomery, an expert […]

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The Importance of a Great Mixdown Before Mastering.

December 15, 2011 Mastering, Mixing

In an ideal world once music has been mixed it would simply be committed to cd or uploaded ready for distribution. In some rare occasions this does happen, though it is fairly uncommon.

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