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Category Archives for "Gear Tips"

80: What We Use In Our Vocal Chains (And Why We Use It)

The vocal sells the song, right?

It carries all the energy and emotion. And it's the one thing we really have to get right because we humans are so used to the sound of a voice that we immediately notice when something's wrong.

At least as listeners we immediately notice it.

As engineers, however, it's actually pretty hard to get it right.

For whatever reason people overcook their vocals all the time, using huge vocal chains without really knowing why.

Or they don't do enough because they are afraid of messing things up and what they end up with is a flat, amateur sounding vocal.

We've been there. And over time we've built vocal chains that work for us and help us deal with all kinds of different vocalists and situations now.

Our chains are different from session to session, of course. But they are still consistent enough for us to talk about them and share them with you.

The why behind what we do is consistent and knowing the reasons why we use certain things in our chains over an over again is more valuable than the actual settings.

In this episode we talk about what we are using to record and mix vocals, why we use these specific plugins and pieces of gear and how we use it in different situations.

Let's dive in!

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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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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 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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I Also Love Bass Amps On Guitar

Daily Blog - July 12th 2021

I said that I like guitar amps on bass. The thing is... some bass amps are actually incredible on guitar! 🙂 There's one that I particularly love.

I Also Love Bass Amps On Guitar
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I Love Guitar Amps On Bass

guitar amps on bass
Daily Blog - July 9th 2021

Using guitar amps on bass can give you the clarity, grit and attack to make your bass cut through the mix and at the same time blend really well. with your guitars. Here's how I use them in my mixes.

I Love Guitar Amps On Bass
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The Best Studio Purchase I’ve Ever Made

Daily Blog - July 5th 2021

I've spent a lot of money on studio gear over the years. Some pieces served me well and really improved my results. Others (actually many of them) not so much. Eventually, more than ten years into my career, one thing I had always ignored turned out to be the best studio purchase of all.

The Best Studio Purchase I’ve Ever Made
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Why Reamping Doesn’t Work With Small Interfaces

Daily Blog - July 1st 2021

This is one of the most common questions we get. People wonder how to reamp with the gear they have. And many of them have one of the popular bus powered portable interfaces. So you want to try reamping with a hardware amp or pedals but all you have is a small 2-channel interface? Read this first!

Why Reamping Doesn’t Work With Small Interfaces
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