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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Article: Student Spotlight - Cate M

The link below is an article on me.

https://mollysmusic.org/blog/student-spotlight-catherine-m/

Cate has been training as a vocal student for the past 6 years, and it’s been an absolute pleasure watching her grow up. She’s become a fixture at every recital, and it’s hard to imagine someone more prepared, enthusiastic, and poised on stage. Over the last few years, she began producing her own music under the guidance of her teacher, Phil Allen, who won a Grammy for being on the music production team of Adele’s mega-hit, “Someone Like You.” Since then, Cate’s found a passion for music production and wants to make it a career. At Molly’s Music, we’ve all loved getting to watch Cate’s musical development, and we’re all rooting for her.



Saturday, November 3, 2018

Job Shadowing at Mariners Church


Today I had a treat. I had the opportunity to job shadow Cole Ossenmacher who is one of a couple sound technicians that work at Mariners Church in Irvine, CA. Each show is a large scale production of sound and video that can be seen here. I will outline what I learned in the next post.











Thursday, May 10, 2018

The 10 Most Common Mixing Mistakes

Here are some of the most common mixing mistakes -

1 - Not editing or comping your tracks
Editing and comping your tracks make them for professional because they eliminate all unnecessary noise and comping takes the best line the singer sings to make a "perfect vocal"

2 - Not leaving enough head room
"This means leaving enough headroom on the masterfader and setting up your tracks so that they have the correct gain staging."

3 - Not listening to your compressor
Its important to know how the knobs interact with each other so if something sounds weird, than you can fix it and become a master at compression

4 - Just using presets 
You need to make it sound orginal! Using the presets is taking the easy way out!

5 - Drums blowing through the roof 
Drums should be treated like a supporting actor that does not interfere with the leading role but when it’s their time to shine they knock it out of the park

6 - Not using groups or busses 
Busses and groups make you more efficent and quicker because if you have a lot of tracks, it would take forever to add reverb to everything

7 - Incorrectly using sends or inserts
Even the most expirenced engineer 

8 -No Filtering when you use EQ
The lower frequincies will make your tracks sound bad but the EQ will help cut the lower frequencies to make your tracks shine

9 - Too much reverb
Too much reverb can drown out our mix and it wont sound as good. You only need a small about of reverb to make your mix shine

10 - Not checking in mono
If you check in mono, nothing will excape your ears and if something vanishes then thats a problem


10 Most Common Mixing Mistakes

Friday, March 16, 2018

Mixing Vocals with Bob Horn



In this video, he shows you how to mix vocals in order to get the best sounding vocals.

 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

How to Apply for a Studio Internship

How to Apply for Studio Internship

LESSON #1 - STUDIOS DON'T HIRE YOU SO THEY CAN TEACH YOU THINGS

Internships are NOT as glamorous as you think. Despite the rules, you often do errands around/for the studio. Newly hired interns commonly mistake being an intern for a assistant or second engineer when they are really "gophers". You have to pay your dues by doing the grunt work first and then have fun by being able to run sessions.

LESSON #2 - INTERNSHIPS ARE FOR PEOPLE ASPIRING TO BE ENGINEERS, WHO ALREADY KNOW THINGS ABOUT RECORDING.

Don't go in blind. The internship is a test to see if you will be a good potential producer or not and that's why it's easy to get overlooked. If you want to maximize your time and add value, know what you are doing and getting into before you get the internship.

LESSON #3 - BE PROFESSIONAL WHEN YOU ASK FOR A JOB.

If you send a poorly written,plagiarize, or if it is too proper they will know! My teacher said that he always sees poorly written cover letters and they never get called back just for that reason! No one will hire you if you are sloppy.

LESSON #4 - STUDIOS NEED A REASON TO HIRE YOU.

They get 1,000's of emails everyday and you need to stand out and prove you can be efficient or else they will regret hiring you. My teacher said that he has fired lots of interns for not being efficient and lazy or if he truly thinks they will not make a good producer/engineer.

LESSON #5 - NOBODY CARES ABOUT YOUR "RECORDING DEGREE," THEY CARE ABOUT YOUR SKILLS.

Most employers look for and only hire the most passionate people. Record your own music at home! Practice, practice, practice.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Interview with Al Judd Number 2



CM - How many years of school did you attend to become employed in your career?

AJ - Zero! But I have a master's from "The school of hard knocks" haha 

CM - What colleges/programs would you recommend that you consider helpful?


AJ -That depends on which avenue someone wants to pursue. Do you want to work live/ touring, or in
the studio? I think most recording/ engineering programs will teach you fundamentals, but your real education happens in the real world. Vital skills that are not included in classroom are attitude, personal relations, effective communication, patience under pressure- specifically troubleshooting and working under tight deadlines.

CM - Why did you choose to pursue your career?
AJ - I didn't choose this life. It chose me.
(Haha)

CM -How difficult did you find beginning your career?


AJ - It's always challenging. Each day presents a new set of challenges to overcome.In the beginning, I was doing smaller gigs, which have smaller challenges. As the gigs get bigger, so do the challenges.
Example: right now I'm waiting to get into a venue to set up for a DJ at a private party for the NBA Allstars. We can't get in, because some VIPs are having a cocktail party that has gone over time. My challenge will be to get the system installed and working as quickly as possible when we do get access.

CM-What specific advice do you have for me as a potential professional peer?

AJ - Study the basics of audio engineering and sound. Learn how to use the gear you have access to.
Practice as much as you can. Get a DAW and experiment. 

CM -What would be the best way to get an internship?


AJ - Call studios. Be ready to clean, make coffee, place food orders, or do whatever they need you to do, within reason.

CM-Whats the biggest challenge you faced and how did you over come it?


AJ - I think the biggest challenge is learning to stay calm and focused under pressure, and being able to solve unexpected problems quickly. Always be thinking on the run!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

My Demo-Reel

Here is a collection of songs I have made in my Sophomore - Junior year of high school! I hope you enjoy!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

5 Tips for Parallel Compression on the Whole Mix

5 Tips for Parallel Compression on the Whole Mix
1. HPF sidechain
It generally helps to have the compressor react to the kick appropriately to its perceived volume, which is significantly less than its actual amplitude.

2. Attack time Set the attack time so that it’s fast, but not so fast that you are completely dulling the transients of the compressed signal.

3. Release time
Time the release so that there’s still a bit of space/air in the parallel signal.

4. Experiment
Experiment with different compressors. Individual compressors will handle this process differently.
It’s important to experiment with different compressors to get a sense of what you like.

5. Turn it off
Don’t be afraid to turn it off.
Sometimes you get to the end of a mix and it’s perfect without compression. That’s OK — there’s no need to force a process if it doesn’t really need it.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

7 Great Music Apps For Mixing Music
Here is an article that shows you some good apps for people starting out w/ music production I will list them down below


1 - Edjing – DJ Music Mixer Studio – iOS, Android


2 - VirtualDJ Home – iOS


3- Music Maker Jam – Android, iOS

4- Studio.HD – iOS


5- Cross DJ Free-Mix Your Music – Android, iOS


6-  MixPad- Music Mixer Free – Android, iOS

Thursday, June 22, 2017

How to get the perfect mix

 I found an article that shows you how to get the perfect mix. I will summarize them down below

1- Have an introductory hook
2 - A song that you can relate to
3 - A song you already heard
4 - Unusually loud or quit for their taste
5- Taken from the opening scene of a movie
6 - Something that reminds you of them
7 - A surprisingly good acoustic cover
8 - A song from the 50s
9 - A quite folk song
10 -  Pretty instrumental
 11 Optional hidden track

How to get the perfect mix

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Top 5 Music Production Myths

I found an article that tells you 5 myths about being a music producer. I will summarize them down below

1 - You need high end studio equipment
2- Using a particular DAW will make your mixes sound professional 
3 - Mastering will make your bad mix sound great
4 - Fancy plug in is the key to success
5 - Electronic music producer needs to know music theory

Sunday, June 11, 2017

The Muscians Institute - Photos



    The sound mixing board
                                       
                                          Teacher performace
                                                    Scholarship application
                                               A class on sound design for games!
                                                    Demonstration





Wednesday, May 31, 2017

7 Tips to Create Headroom and How It Will Save Your Mixes


 One of the most common problems that producers have is not leaving enough headroom in their mixes. The reason why its important to have headroom is so there is enough space for improvements. I will summarize the 7 best tips below

1- Focus on the dominant feature of your mix first
 - Decide which element of the mix you want featured

 2- Use Your Eyes AND Ears
 -Watch out for clipping!

3 - Think before you automate
 - Automating is a good way to help control the volume of the song. But be careful because you can use up your headroom too early!

4 - Louder Doesn’t Always Equal Better
   -Mixing at loud levels can misrepresent how your mix really sounds

5 - Work in 24 Bit
The noise floor is so low in 24-bit that you can give yourself a lot of room (15-20 dB) between your peaks and 0 dBFS without worrying about noise or loss of resolution.
6 - Always manage your transient-heavy elements in your mix. Dynamics are good, but apply some gentle, effective compression to keep them under control. It will help avoid hard limiting effects of the mastering process when mastering at HIGH intensity.

7 - Have headroom in mind when you start your mix and keep your tracks at safe levels. If you’re finding yourself trying to recover headroom at the end, fine tune your individual track levels rather than reaching for your master fader and pulling it down.


7 Tips to Create Headroom and How It Will Save Your Mixes


Friday, May 26, 2017

Try - Pink Cover

Listen to my song cover that I made in my music production class at school

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

INTERVIEW: Phil Allen (5/15/17)


CATEMIX: How did you learn how to mix?

PHIL ALLEN: I actually didn't get good at mixing until way after like way late in my kind of career. When I first started all I was doing was the pre-production stuff. So like when we're in here building tracks making drum beats recording guitars editing stuff I got. That was probably 90 percent of what I did for my career in music. I didn't really get good at mixing until the last couple of years when I was doing working in a studio that we did predominantly mixing. But even then you think mixing is going to be the easiest part of it because like all the sounds were recorded by all I have to do is balance the levels. Yea it sounds great but it never does. Mixing is probably the hardest part and probably the most challenging part I think for a lot of people. So the only real way I learned was from watching people who did it really well because there are so many things you can read about mixing like oh I'll use this each cue on this vocal and do this frequency but that only works if one out of every 100 situations. The hard part about mixing is using your ears and knowing when to do things so kind of just sitting in a room with people who are professional mixers watching what they did and I wouldn't even like doing anything. I was literally just over the shoulder watching and occasionally get them coffee or whatever but watching like what they did and when they did it is how I got good.

Friday, May 5, 2017

How to build an in-home recording studio

This article shows you how to make an in home recording studio. I will summarize how its done down below

1- You need a computer
- Chose one that has a good amount of memory and processing speed

2- You need to chose a good recording software
- For low-budget go with Garageband or Audacity

3- You need an audio interface
- Make sure your audio interface has 2 input and 2 output jacks. This will allow you to record in stereo

4- Buy an audio mixer
- The basic functions on an inexpensive mixer will usually be adequate for home recording needs. At the least, make sure each channel on your mixer includes adjustments for panning, volume, and 3-band equalization. Four channels will be more than adequate for home recording

5- Chose a good studio monitor
- When choosing studio monitors, make sure to look for "near-field" models. These are designed to be listened to from about a yard (1 m) away, and so eliminate any effects due to the acoustics of your room.>

6- Decide on a good microphone
If you only buy 1 mic, make sure to choose a dynamic mic. This type of construction is more robust and versatile, and is self-powered.



http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Cheap-Recording-Studio

Monday, May 1, 2017

Vocal EQ Cheat Sheet

When recording, some instruments sound a little fuzzy like its been recording with a cheap microphone. So in order to correct that problem music producers use a EQ or equalizer to help make the insturments sound the best they can be. I found a chart that teaches you how to use an EQ properly by showing you how to use it by telling you how much and how little you want to use it by removing or boosting certain frequencies  

Vocal EQ Cheat Sheet - for sound recording

Interview with Trey LaCroix (3/25/17)

Listen to my interview with Trey LaCroix

Friday, April 28, 2017

What Makes Music go viral

 I found a chart that explains how a song goes viral. I will summarize them below.

1- The creativity of a song
2- How the audience can relate to the lyrics
3 - When all else fails, never underestimate the power of featuring a cat in the music video!
4 - Effort and unique ideas come in handy
5 - Good song quality
6 - Emotional response from the audience

What makes music go viral?

Monday, April 24, 2017

Properly Formatting Audio Files

 This article shows a very good way to help you figure out which audio format you need when you bounce down your song. Because it can be confusing to first-timers.

Properly Formatting Audio Files

Friday, April 21, 2017

Acing a Voice Over Audtion

This article gives you some tips on what to do during a voice over audition for a movie to help you get the role. I will summarize the tips down below

1-Study the script!
  - Be prepared!

2- Know your voice
  - See if the role will match your style

3- Ask your friends
  - Ask them for feedback

4 - Know what type of voice overs you want to do
   - Know what suits you and what doesnt

5 - Practice reading outloud
   - Practice so you feel comfortable doing it!

How to Ace a Voiceover Audition

Monday, April 10, 2017

How To Use Audio Compression and Dynamic Range

For new music producers, using a compressor is tricky because of its dynamic rage which is he difference between the quietest, smallest sound we can hear and the loudest sound and vice versa. This is very important because it will help you massively to help reduce the volume from going all over the place. The article down below will help you learn how to use it properly




How To Use Audio Compression and Dynamic Range

Friday, April 7, 2017

History of audio engineering Part 2

 Here is part 2 of the history of audio engineering. I will summarize the rest below

1958 - Commercial stereo disk come on the scene

1962 - The standard for time code format is set by SMPET ( The Society of Motion Picture and Television)

1963 - Compact Diskette is introduced by the company Phillips

1965 - Dolby type A noise reduction is intoduced

1972 - The first recording on tape  by Denon

1978- Sony, Phillips and Hitachi creates the CD

1980 - Sony introduces the PCM-F1 starts the revloution in recording

1986 - The first digital consoles appear

1994 - The first affordable digital multi track console is the ProMix 01 by Yamaha

1999 - Manufactures agree on audio DVD standards


History of audio engineering Part 2

Interview with Pete Papageorges (4/7/17)






Listen to my interview with Pete Papageorges CATEMIX: How did you get into mixing?

PETE: I was very interested in music growing up played in bands. I really wanted to do music professionally. But I decided I wanted to work behind the scenes instead of playing on stage. So I studied business in school and I started interning at record companies and studios and that turned into a full time position after college and I really wanted to be in a studio because I liked being close to the music. So I. Was hired by EMI which was Capitol Records and I ended up staying there for 17 years and most of the time I was there. I. Was the manager for the recording for post-production studios. So if you're familiar with studios. There's a live recording. And then there's post-production and so capital had both live and post-production studios. My responsibility was running all the post-production. So we did mastering editing.

Monday, April 3, 2017

History of Audio Engineering part 1

 I found an AWESOME article that teaches you all about the history of music and recording/production thoughts the years. I will describe them down below.

1857 - Leon Scott invents the phoneautographe which is a wax cylinder

1887 - The Flat Disk Gramophone was invented by Emile Berliner

1913 - Thomas Edison invents the kinetophone

1921 - The first commercial radio was first publicly broadcasted from KDKA in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1925 - The first electronic recording with a microphone by the company Victor

1927 - Vitaphones sound on discs synchronized with the film "The Jazz Singer" goes viral

1929 - Harry Nyquist publishes "Nyquist Theorom" to DAP (digital audio procressing)

1941- Commercial broadcasting in the US begins

1948 - The AES (Audio Engineering Society) is formed

1955 - Ampex commercialized the first analog multi- track recorders used by Les Paul and the Beattles

History of audio engineering part 1

Friday, March 31, 2017

5 Characteristics of a Good Voice Over Artist

 If a movie director ever needs a voice over artist, this article shows you what to look for. I will summarize them below.

1 - Leave your ego aside to interpret the voice

2 - Transmit emotion

3 - Be patient and record as many takes as needed

4 - Accept humility

5 - Leave behind projects that are not compatible with the characteristics of your voice

 
5 Characteristics of a Good Voice Over Artist

Monday, March 27, 2017

Tips For Recording in a Improvised Location

A lot of times artist come up with some song ideas and they want to record it before they forget. So this article teaches you how to o an improvised recording. I will summarize the steps below

Choose The Right Recording Devices - Make sure you have a digital multi-track recording device, the other is a laptop with a multi-channel interface.

The Setup - Some recording engineers like to connect the recording setup with a mixer with direct   outputs for each channel connected to inputs on the interface.

Choose The Right Effects - Some ways recording engineers like to do it is to connect the FX unit to send/aux output on the mixer and return the signal to a free channel on the mixer.

Check The Power Supply - Be prepared for trouble. Things will break down from time to time, power problems are not uncommon in old buildings, especially if you’re into abandoned place. Also, if you’re recording anything with microphones, be ready for many unexpected noises, and a lot of bleed. But first, make sure the power is ok, have an electrician check it out if you can or use a multimeter if you know what you’re doing.

Remove The Unwanted Noises - The mics will catch bleed from the monitors, but you can use absorber plates and screens to minimize that. Thicker panel absorbers (cca 12 cm) can reduce bleed significantly if you put them between the unwanted sound source and the microphone.

Tips For Recording In Improvised Locations Tips For Recording In Improvised Locations

Monday, March 20, 2017

Music Software Common Terminology for Music Producers

 In this article it explains some of the vocab that music producers use I will summarize them below


>Music Software Common Terminology for Music Producers



Audio File
- A file format for storing digital audio data on a computer system

DAW
 - A electronic device or computer software application for recording, editing and producing audio files such as songs, musical pieces, human speech or sound effects

DB - A physical scale for volume. The volume controls to set value of the decibel (dB) for your tracks


Deactivate or Disable
 - The function of turning a track or plug-in (if applicable to your DAW) off

Delay Compensation
 - An automatic adjustment by DAW software for the delay or latency caused by routing, bussing or plug-in processing of a track

Edit List
 -A sequence of segments arranged on an audio or MIDI track that allow the user to create alternate versions with different edits or takes of a performance.

Import/Export
 - Import function will allow you to add new sounds and files into your projects
                        - Export will help you to save your project as an audio file.

Mixer
 - Many of music making software includes a Mixer module where you will find all tracks from your multi-session project and also the Master Track

Project/Session
 - We use this term to refer to the document or file that is essentially the map of all elements associated with the current song

Render
 - Taking multiple segments  on a single track (e.g. vocal comp or edited guitar part) and convert them into a single contiguous file

Segment
  - A block of data, often used for editing purposes, that is either a portion of an audio or MIDI file, or the entire audio or MIDI file

Timeline Marker- A marker that denotes a point in the project/session’s timeline; most often used in music production to illustrate the different sections of a song (

VST Plugins
 - VST is an abbreviation of Virtual Studio Technology and represent a software interface that integrates a virtual audio synthesizer and effects modules

Friday, March 17, 2017

HOW TO SAMPLE OLD RECORDS

Another technique that recording engineers like to use is sampling from other songs by taking a small portion of a song and using it in your work and sometime manipulate it to make it work with their song


Monday, March 13, 2017

Logic Pro X - Video Tutorial 05 - Quick Punch, Punching In Vocals

One technique most recording engineers use is called "punching in" which means is dubbing in a vocal part by overriding a part on the vocal where the singer may have messed up but the other parts were good. This video explains how and when it's done during a recording session
 

Friday, March 10, 2017

The Mixing Process: Step-By-Step

When people first learn how to mix they don't know where or how to begin because it's a little tricky for beginners. So this chart will help clear up any confusions beginners might have and help guide you through the process

The Mixing Process: Step-By-Step

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Interview with Al Judd (3/5/17)

Listen to my interview with Al Judd.

CATEMIX: How did you get interested in mixing?

AL JUDD: I was playing drums in bands when I was in high school for junior high school. And as we started to play parties things like that. I started working the P.A. system mostly because it was the singers that would really struggle with the P.A. system so I was kind of getting involved in the technical aspect of it to help the other players of the band get their sound up because you know playing part is that you really only growing keyboards and vocals are the key to making of everything. So I was kind of getting involved involved in the technical aspect that way and it just kind of expanded from there. When I moved to L.A. to play music when I was 17 and a friend of mine had bought a P.A. and since I'd had a little bit of experience we started doing sound at some of the clubs some of different venues around town that didn't already have a piano like we had a couple of coffeehouses that we did shows and some warehouses and things like that. So instead of good that what can you do if you live in your country. I do it all again. Yeah I do it all. As I said I got started doing live sound. And then I had a friend that got a job at a post production facility so I got into doing television post-production. I started as a runner in the studio make the a coffee kind of stuff. Yeah. Yeah. And then from there I got the audio assistant job with the audio system. So I moved into that position and then from that I started mixing like I would do my audio system shift during the day and then at night I would mix commercials basically for free for for the friends of whoever was working in the studio. So that's kind of how I got started mixing was just by doing a bunch of commercials for free and we had MTV was one of our big clients and they had a couple of shows to Finnie had done so amazing those and those were my first real jobs.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Dynamic vs Condenser Microphone

Here is an AWESOME Pinterest  article that explains the difference between dynamic vs condenser microphone and when you should use them.

Dynamic vs Condenser










Friday, March 3, 2017

MIXING MISCONCEPTIONS

In this video, he clears up some misconceptions people have about mixing and explains why some of them are wrong and teaches the correct way on how to mix.


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Sylvia Massy Discusses the Role of Music Producer

This video discusses the role of a music producer and how important they are for musicians. She also discusses some of the techniques she uses when she is recording a band.



Tuesday, February 21, 2017

HOW TO GET THE PERFECT KICK DRUM


In this video he demonstartes how to get the "perfect" kick drum beat for your song and how to determine if it will or will not work for song.


Monday, February 20, 2017

GET FEEDBACK FOR YOUR TRACKS

This video shows you how you can send other people your tracks and get feedback on it to help you improve your audio tech skills.

 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

HOW TO PRODUCE MUSIC WITHOUT KNOWING ANY MUSIC THEORY

Here is an interesting video that teaches you how to produce music if you don't know any music theory. He explains that if you can't play an instrument, you can still produce music because all you need to know is how to use a DAW (digital audio workspace) like Protools Garage Band, Logic


Saturday, February 11, 2017

5 Reasons Why Concerts Sound So Bad

In this blog, he explains why concerts sound really bad. I will summarize the 5 reasons below

1 - The vocal isn't featured- the instruments are so loud that you cant hear the vocals, which is the main reason why people go to concerts 

2 - Over-reliance on subwoofers - adding too much effects

3 -Too much kick - the level of the kick drum is too high

4 -Low intelligibility - you can hear the vocal but cant understand what they're saying 

5-  Bad mixing habits - It looks like the sound men have never listened to the band they are mixing for

5 Reasons Why Concerts Sound So Bad

Friday, February 10, 2017

Thursday, February 9, 2017

5 Common Mistakes New Producers Make

Here is an awesome article for producers who are beginner with little to no experience. I will summarize the 5 below

1 - Less is always more
2 - Louder doesn't make it better
3 - Don't fear the pre sent instruments
4 - I sound like (favorite producer) am I famous yet?
5 - Obsess over the art not the craft

>5 Mistakes Every Beginner Producer Makes

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Music Mixing Techniques

This article shows 10 "rules" for music mixing. I will summarize the 10 below
1 - Use the best monitoring speakers you can find! The higher quality the better!
2 - Use a room that has great acoustics
3 - Use the best mic you can find!
4 - Find great players
5 - Most importantly, you should rehearse before you began recording
6 -  Explore with different mic positions
7 - Make the monitor sound mix as best as possible
8 - Record until you get good takes
9 - Spend as much time needed to mix and editing
10 - Remember that attention to detail is key


10 Techniques For Achieving Outstanding Music Mixes

Monday, February 6, 2017

Mixing vs Mastering Comparison

This video demonstrates that mastering is useless if the mix is bad. Many people believe that mastering is "magic" and that it will improve the quality of your song. Some people say that if you think that is true, then you have been misled due to the fact that mastering only makes tiny improvements to the quality. Watch the video to find out more!




Mixing vs Mastering Comparison Video

Sunday, February 5, 2017

3 Differences Between Live and Studio Mixing

There are some major differences between live mixing vs studio mixing - I have summarized the 3 below

1 - Different type of equipment

In a recording studio, they have a desk that have 2 types of faders on the same track that are called line in mixers.

2 - Digital studio desk

Due to the fact that technology has improved thought the years people have been using digital mixing desks or a computer instead of a old analog mixers. With a digital mixing desk you can save all of your settings and leave them exactly where you are in case if another engineer wants to use the computer after you. One mixing desk has all of the effects like - EQ, compression, auto tune, distortion and the other one only has a  control surface. that looks like a mixing desk, but it only controls the DAW (digital audio workstation) you're working in - like Pro Tools.

3 - Difference between time and creativity.

In the studio, you would be able to to get a band and edit them to make them sound good by using effects like reverb, delay, auto tune, EQ and mix it together and tweak it to make it sound more balanced and higher quality for the radio listeners.

 3 Differences Between Live and Studio Mixing

Saturday, February 4, 2017

How To Start a Pro Tools Session

In this article I learned how to start a new session in Pro Tools. This will come in handy when you first start to learn how to use Pro Tools as a beginner - I will summarize how to do it.  First you want to start a new session file to keep track of your recordings - like drums, vocals , guitars, ect. Most recording engineers like to create a new folder with song name then saving the session and some like to have one big long session called linear which all of the songs are laid out on the same session file. Next you will be asked to select a file format - for compatibailty from mac to windows (or vice versa) a .wav file is your best option. Some engineers like to add a masterfader - which controls the overall volume of the song. After that you add some audio/instumental tracks and you are ready to record!

How To Start a Pro Tools Session

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

How to record clean vocals

This video will teach you how to record vocals at a high quality to make it more professional sounding. He explains that in order to have clean vocals, you must use a recording booth to record a whole band to get the live feeling or record band members individually. He also expresses that a good quality mic is a must have. A pop filter is also very important to help break up air so the singer dosent sound breathy and distorted.

How to Record Clean Vocals


Friday, January 20, 2017

7 Female Producers Dismantling the Stereotypes About Women in Music


Here is an intersting article on women who are breaking the sterotypes about women in the music industry by speaking out about the inqualites they face. They are trying to prove that a women can do the technical aspect of it the same way a man can. And trying to get more women working in the music business.
~ Cate

> 7 Female Producers Dismantling the Stereotypes About Women in Musical

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Fun Stereo Mic Techniques


 In this article, it will teach you some fun ways to use the microphone when recording. I will describe them down below

1 - The first one is a figure 8 - which is when a microphone only picks up sound from the front or back. For example, if there is 2 people singing it will only pick up their voices  from their side of the mic.

2- The second one is called a cardioid which picks up sound from all around the room. For example, if your recording a group, the microphone will pick up everyone's sound from the room.

~ Cate


> Fun Techniques to Use With the Microphone

Saturday, January 14, 2017

5 Essential Tips for Becoming a Successful Music Producer


Here is a great article that has wonderful tips on how to be a good music producer.

I have summarized the 5 below

1 - Do it for the music not for the money
2 - Learn how to mix and engineer music - have fun with it!
3 - Develop and retain a good relationship with other people in the business
4 - Create your own style and signature on music
5- Define your success and find out what it takes to be successful.

~ Cate

> 5 Essential Tips for Becoming a Successful Music Producer

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Female Music Producers


Did you know that since 1974, only six women have been nominated for Producer of the Year? What's up with that? Below is an article that discusses why a female music producer is a rare thing.

 ~ Cate
                                



> Why Female Music Producers Are Not Common

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

How to Sound Like a Pro as a Beginner



The goal of mixing is to bring out the best in your multi-track recording by adjusting levels and effects (chorus, reverb, delay) in order to sculpt your arrangement. But what does that really involve? Below is a great article on how to take control of your audio vision. ~ Cate

> How to Sound Like a Pro as a Beginner