Posts tagged engineering
Metering Methods Using the Klanghelm VUMT Plugin

Hey everyone! It's Brad Smith here. Today I’ll be diving into the Klanghelm VUMT plugin, what it is, how it works, and how I use it in all three phases of the recording process. This will be broken out over two (potentially three) blog posts. Today's post will be an introduction to the plugin and I’ll talk about how I use the plugin while tracking.

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6 Mistakes I Made As A Beginner Engineer

When I was 18 and first getting into recording, I had no idea what I was doing. Today, I still feel like I don’t know what I’m doing, but I have made enough mistakes along to way to learn what NOT to do, and that has helped me more than any blog/book/seminar ever has. During the process of recording my band Forester's full length album, I did many things incorrectly that one often only sees in hindsight. Some of these may seem like rookie mistakes by seasoned recording vets but with so many elements that make up a great recording, everyone makes mistakes somewhere along the way.

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Creating A Solid Vocal Chain

Getting a great vocal is the cornerstone of almost every song ever written. So we need to focus on really making sure that it sounds killer and cuts through the mix. My vocal chain is always evolving, but I thought I would describe the way it is currently working. And of course, every vocalist requires a slightly different setup, but this is a go-to for me that generally gets the job done.

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How To Make Drum Samples

Making your own drum samples is a great way to get a punchy, natural sound in the mix. By adding in samples of the same kit you’re recording, it allows you to lower the close mics and the cymbal bleed that is captured by them, leading to a cleaner drum sound. Not all bleed is bad, but typically I don’t like a lot of over-compressed hi-hat in my snare track and gates can be tough to dial in.

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Pro Tools Shortcuts To Memorize

Yeah we use Pro Tools (actually I use Logic as well). To be honest, I don't really care too much about what DAW I use. I am comfortable using Pro Tools because I've been using it for 15 years, that's about the only reason. So get over it all you naysayers! This post is for the Pro Tools users out there :)

I'm just going take it easy on this one and list a bunch of essential Pro Tools Keyboard Shortcuts. Make these second nature, and your workflow will drastically improve.

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Drum Overhead Techniques For Incredible Sounding Drums

I like to think that drum overheads capture the bulk of the sound for the kit. This isn't always the case, as it depends on the style and the engineer. But for the most part, the overhead mic placement is where you get the big picture of the kit. So let's talk about a few drum overhead techniques you can use to get a great drum sound.

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