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Category Archives for "DIY-Production Basics"

76: Q&A: What Is Saturation And How Do You Use It?

what is saturation
76: Q&A: What Is Saturation And How Do You Use It?

It's Q&A time again!


This question came up in our Facebook community:

"Saturation. What is it? I have an idea of what it is from my king gizzard addiction, but i have no idea what it really is or how to use it."

Well,  let's discuss!

(We also answer a couple of follow-up questions around the topic, covering mastering/mix bus saturation, parallel saturation and a couple more.)

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Forrester Savell On Setting Up And Tuning Guitars

Daily Blog - July 26th 2021

I don't have much time these days, as I'm mixing record after record while working on new things to help you make better records. So I decided to let others speak on the blog for a couple of days. After the community Q&A posts that I just published, I want to share some quotes from amazing engineers and producers that hopefully inspire, educate and/or entertain you!

Forrester Savell On Setting Up And Tuning Guitars
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Joe Barresi On Recording Bass For Tool’s “Fear Inoculum”

Daily Blog - July 23rd 2021

I don't have much time these days, as I'm mixing record after record while working on new things to help you make better records. So I decided to let others speak on the blog for a couple of days. After the community Q&A posts that I just published, I want to share some quotes from amazing engineers and producers that hopefully inspire, educate and/or entertain you!

Joe Barresi On Recording Bass For Tool’s “Fear Inoculum”
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Jay Maas On Buying Gear To Fix Problems

Daily Blog - July 22nd 2021

I don't have much time these days, as I'm mixing record after record while working on new things to help you make better records. So I decided to let others speak on the blog for a couple of days. After the community Q&A posts that I just published, I want to share some quotes from amazing engineers and producers that hopefully inspire, educate and/or entertain you!

Jay Maas On Buying Gear To Fix Problems
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Kurt Ballou On Gear Priorities

Daily Blog - July 21st 2021

I don't have much time these days, as I'm mixing record after record while working on new things to help you make better records. So I decided to let others speak on the blog for a couple of days. After the community Q&A posts that I just published, I want to share some quotes from amazing engineers and producers that hopefully inspire, educate and/or entertain you!

Kurt Ballou On Gear Priorities
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75: The One Engineering And Mixing Skill That Will Give You 80% Of The Results

Balancing - 75: The One Engineering And Mixing Skill That Will Give You 80% Of The Results

There's one thing that we immediately pick out as listeners...

...even if we don't have very trained ears and even if we're not very experienced or familiar with the genre:

We immediately notice when something is way too loud or way too quiet.

And we subconsciously notice when the song doesn't feel right, maybe because it's hard to make out the bass line, or the drum groove is just not hitting hard enough, or there's this weird, buried thing in the background that's distracting us, while something else is jumping out too much.

We might not be able to put it into words, but we definitely notice when there's something wrong with the balance.

So there is one skill that we have to learn and constantly improve as engineers and mixers if we want our music to translate well and deliver all the emotion and energy with minimal distraction: 

Balancing. Simply finding the right levels for every track in every part of the song and every mic on a every source that we record.

Technically it's super simple, but it's also incredibly difficult to get right. If you get it right, however, assuming that your source tones are good, you're 80% there. Without touching an EQ, compressor or effect.

Let's discuss!

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Community Q&A: Controlling the “pops” on an SM7B

Recording Q&A
Daily Blog - July 20th 2021

The Self-Recording Band Community is awesome and our members ask great questions! We love that and want this platform to be as helpful as possible, so we try to answer them all. Sometimes on the podcast, sometimes directly in the Facebook group, sometimes via email and sometimes here on the blog. Let's do a little Q&A series over a couple of days. Today's question is about controlling the "pops" on an SM7B.

Community Q&A: Controlling the “pops” on an SM7B
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74: Interview Episode With Grammy Nominated Producer And Mix Engineer Jacob Hansen

Jacob Hansen
Jacob Hansen

Jacob Hansen Is Joining Us For This Episode!

Jacob has worked with some of the biggest names in metal and alternative music. He's produced and or mixed records for bands like Volbeat, Amaranthe, The Black Dahlia Murder, Heaven Shall Burn, Evergrey, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Primal Fear and many many more. 

We're getting to pick Jacob's brain and talk about

  • DIY recording
  • getting amazing guitar tones
  • mixing records remotely
  • reamping
  • the most common home studio pitfalls
  • guitar tuning
  • workflow and efficiency
  • communication
  • collaboration best practices
  • the future of (home) recording
  • evertune bridges
  • amp sims and Kempers

among many other things.

Enjoy!

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Room Sound And Reverb

Room Sound And Reverb
Daily Blog - July 13th 2021

If it fits the song, I love the sound of a great room. Especially on drums. I usually don't like reverb on most things, though, unless it's an intentional effect. Here's why.

Room Sound And Reverb
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