A Quick Trick To Give Your Kick And Snare More Punch Using Transient Design

This is Randor from Velveteen Audio.  Today, I did a quick little video regarding Kick and Snare Transient Design through editing.  The point of this video was to share a little technique to help our drums sound a little punchier and poke through the mix a bit more.

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3 Desert Island Plugins

On this blog, I decided to do something a little different and fun.  Let’s play desert island plugins! I’m hoping this will spark some conversations with everyone out there on the interwebs, as I’m sure we’ll all have very different opinions on what is necessary on our desert island studio.  So, you’re trapped on this metaphorical island with nowhere to go but you have great mixing monitors and an awesome control room built out of driftwood and coconuts as diffusers. You can only bring 3 plugins, what are they?!?  Here’s my desert island plugins:

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Enriching The Mix Process

I know that this can be a redundant statement and that you don’t need me to tell you something so obvious. However, I don’t think it can be overstated how massively the player/performance impacts the tone of the Bass. Finding a player who really understands the instrument and how it fits into a recording will save you a lot of headaches and get you bobbing along a lot quicker. I know that we don’t always have access to amazing bass players for every session, just remember that even if you are working with an inexperienced player, the more you can help him or her understand the instrument and perform better, the easier your life will be down the line.  

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5 Tips For a Great Bass Tone

I know that this can be a redundant statement and that you don’t need me to tell you something so obvious. However, I don’t think it can be overstated how massively the player/performance impacts the tone of the Bass. Finding a player who really understands the instrument and how it fits into a recording will save you a lot of headaches and get you bobbing along a lot quicker. I know that we don’t always have access to amazing bass players for every session, just remember that even if you are working with an inexperienced player, the more you can help him or her understand the instrument and perform better, the easier your life will be down the line.  

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Mute Everything!!!

So stoked to be making a guest appearance on the blog here. Today I’m going to lay out an approach I use to create effective arrangements that I call “producing by muting”. I developed this technique to deal with a problem that plagued me early in my career (and still shows up now and then); OVER CREATION! Let me walk you through a scenario that I’m sure we’ve all been through at least once.

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Effective Ways To Setup Parallel Compression In Your Mixes

Hey guys! Brad Simons here, and today I want to talk about parallel compression and a few ways to set it up in your mixes. It’s a great technique that can really make your mixes come alive. Setting it up in an efficient manner allows you to really get creative with your mixes. So let’s dive in and learn how to do that!

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4 Tips to Find Your Sound as a Producer

It’s become more and more common for “producer” to be a catch-all term for engineer, programmer, composer, mix engineer — the list goes on. There are so many different skills and roles that fall into our job description now, and at times it can be difficult to know where to focus our energy in terms of development. Many producers get lost in the weeds of technical ability, overlooking one of the most important parts of becoming a successful producer: developing a unique sound.

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5 Reasons To Care About Our Recordings

I absolutely love what I do and consider myself extremely lucky to have been able to do it professionally for all these years.  Some of my best memories are creating music with my clients/friends in the studio, and I hope they have the same fond memories. Today, I want to list 5 reasons of motivation as to why it’s important for us to care about the music and clients that we work with.  

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How To Get A Great Guitar Sound In The Studio

Hey all, Brad Simons here again. As a guitar player, getting an awesome tone is very important to me, and also one of my favorite things to do. As with most things we do in the studio, there are a million and one ways to get an awesome sounding guitar tone. However, I’m going to go through my process, and I hope that it lays down some principles that you can use with your process. Let’s dive in.

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5 Non-Technical Tips to Help Your Productions

I’m currently on a flight home from Toronto, where I spent the past week crashing on couches while doing co-writes with other producers and working on the debut single for an upcoming artist. There was little sleep, too much coffee, and lots of late night conversations and sessions that really reminded me that there’s so much more to producing than just the technical side of things. Below are some of the ideas from those late night talks focused into a list of tips on the non-technical side of the craft.

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5 Tips To Get The Best Out Of The Artist

As much fun as we all have nerding out over engineering and production tips, it’s important to keep in mind the main reason we are in the studio: to create music with emotion and vibe that will resonate with listeners. In order to do that, we need the Artists more than they need us.  And more importantly, we need them at their absolute best. Here are 5 tips that we as Producers/Engineers can do to ensure that our clients are at the top of their game.

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5 Basic Ways Producers Can Improve Their Studio Sessions

The focus of this article isn't about gear or techniques on how to record, but rather about some of the other things that are associated with the recording process. Some of these may seem like common sense, but often can be overlooked because everyone's focus gets pulled into some of the many technical details during recording (which are still very important). The end result is affected by every single aspect of the recording process, so these are a few details that should not be overlooked, and will ultimately improve the end result of your recording.

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Why Creating A Team Will Make You A Better Engineer And Producer

Hey guys! Brad Simons here, and today I want to talk about one of the most important parts of Velveteen, team. It's no secret that we really push the teamwork environment at Velveteen. We began building our team about 3 years ago, and the benefits have really helped us grow rapidly as both a collective and as individuals. The famous quote "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts" really does ring true here. 

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