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Category Archives for "DIY-Production Basics"

#13: Understanding The Controls On Your Recording Gear

Confused by all the switches, buttons and knobs on your recording gear?

"What does this knob on my recording gear actually do and how does this all work? When do I need to push which button? What are "pad" and "48V" actually?"

Find out why, when and how to use all the controls on your interfaces and microphones!

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#12: Bass Tone Is More Than Just Low End

Bass Tone Is More Than Just Low End (Picture of a Bass Guitar)

Bass Tone is not just about getting the low end right. 

The bass has to cut through the mix and we need a bass tone that makes it audible on small speakers, as well. Also, we perceive low end differently depending on the midrange information, for example. We can even "hear" low end information when it's not really there at all. Sounds weird? Well, it's definitely fascinating!

It's also worth thinking about the role the bass guitar and the bass tone play in an arrangement. The interaction between the bass and everything else.

So, in order to capture a great bass tone that serves the song well and works in the final mix, it's absolutely crucial to know and understand all of these things. In this episode we're talking about how this all works and what to do if you want to dial in and record a great bass tone.

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#10: What Is Mastering? Do I Need To Have My Music Mastered?

Picture Of Mixing And Mastering Studio

Mastering is a confusing topic, right?

Why is there an additional step when my music is already mixed? What's the difference between mixing and mastering? Should I master myself? Can the mixing engineer master it? The difference seems so subtle, is it even worth it?

We try to demystify the "dark art" of mastering, explain what it actually is and talk about why your music needs it.

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How To Get Your Low End Right (BEFORE Mixing)

Getting the low end right is one of the most important and most difficult things in music production. Not because it’s technically hard to do, but because it requires a musical and tasteful approach, as well as the ability and experience to hear problems, find problem areas and attack them in a systematic way. 

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Top 10 DIY-Recording Mistakes

Not sure if your recordings are ready to be mixed? Are you thinking "man, I really hope I thought of everything" before sending them off? So many home recorders are insecure about their results, because, after all, nobody wants to feel embarrassed or get negative feedback from a professional. And after mixing hundreds of practice room or home studio recordings I can definitely say there are some common things people get wrong all the time when recording their own band, despite all the information out there. 

If you want to send your songs off with confidence and provide your mix engineer with tracks that are exceptionally great, avoid these mistakes:

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