Mastering 2-Bus Compression To Improve Your Mixes | Pro Tools | Production Expert

Mastering 2-Bus Compression To Improve Your Mixes | Pro Tools | Production Expert

In this article Steve DeMott explains his approach to Bus Compression. Why is it important and what does it achieve?

2-Bus compression makes a lot of sense to me. Putting a compressor on every track of a recording does not. I am from the school of performance. Music is performed, not constructed (produced).

Always good to learn how to use the tools.

Avoid These 8 Common Mastering Mistakes | Pro Tools | Production Expert

Avoid These 8 Common Mastering Mistakes | Pro Tools | Production Expert

There has long been a debate on the topic of self mastering. Many believe it’s impossible for anyone to master their own mixes… yet many do. Personally I do master the music I work on and the world hasn’t swallowed me up yet. There are of course very good reasons for hiring a pro mastering engineer, not least for their all important subjective “second set of ears” that will highlight all manner of pros and cons in a mix. All of this can really help elevate the results of a master, however, this post isn’t about how to collaborate with mastering engineers, instead we are highlighting a number of mastering mistakes to avoid if you master your own music. I’m not going to discuss the pros and cons of mastering your own music but I will say it does come with a number of challenges that you should be aware of, if you want your masters to sound amazing… starting with:

A good set of things to remember (or forget). It is a master, not a mix. The goal is a finished, high-quality recording.

Musical Mastering: How Mastering Can Affect Genre and Feel, and Vice Versa

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Musical Mastering: How Mastering Can Affect Genre and Feel, and Vice Versa

by Ian Stewart, iZotope Contributor May 17, 2021

Mastering is often viewed as a precise science—a clinical last step in getting a song or album ready for release and distribution. This sentiment tends to bolster the notion that somehow, there’s no room for creativity in mastering. But ask almost any mastering engineer and they’ll tell you that they also view their work as the final creative step in musical distribution.

Establishing Project Studio Reference Monitoring Levels

Establishing Project Studio Reference Monitoring Levels:

If you’re serious about recording and mixing you need to set a consistent reference level to which you can always return. Our seven‑step guide explains how to do it.

From Sound on Sound magazine in 2014. Always good to have your room balanced and levels clear and understandable.

How To Use iZotope RX To Repair Music Recordings | Production Expert

How To Use iZotope RX To Repair Music Recordings | Production Expert

So often we read about the essential role iZotope RX plays in audio post-production. In this article we look at how RX can help to repair audio issues in music recordings, as well as look at what is the best order to fix multiple issues, iZotope contributor Mike Metlay, explains…

5 Ear Training Exercises To Help You Listen Like A Mastering Engineer | Production Expert

5 Ear Training Exercises To Help You Listen Like A Mastering Engineer | Production Expert

When you think of the most important tool in a mastering engineer’s arsenal, what comes to mind? An equalizer? A compressor? Top-notch conversion, monitoring, or room acoustics? These are all certainly very important, but without a great set of ears behind them, they’re virtually worthless. In this article, Ian Stewart from iZotope looks at how with 5 exercises and some practice we can train our hearing to be like a mastering engineer.

12 Steps To Great Overdub Performances – Bobby Owsinski’s Music Production Blog

12 Steps To Great Overdub Performances – Bobby Owsinski’s Music Production Blog:

Many times the ear candy of an overdub session can really make or break a song, but sometimes it’s not easy to create to capture that magic. Here’s an excerpt from the second edition of my Music Producer’s Handbook that can act as either an outline or as a reminder to check a number of critical points both before and during your overdub session. It’s 12 steps that you can take that can help you get great overdub performances.

Bobby Owsinski’s guides and books are an excellent starting point in anyone’s audio career…

How To Use Multiband Compressor-Expander Plugins For Noise Reduction | Production Expert

How To Use Multiband Compressor-Expander Plugins For Noise Reduction | Production Expert:

When using Expand mode in combination with a negative range, the signal will be attenuated as soon as it drops below the threshold, increasing the perceived dynamics of the signal around the threshold. This is the most common type of expansion and with higher ratio and range values, it moves closer and closer to being a gate.

Copy to Live Loops: Transforming regions into cells in Logic Pro – 9to5Mac

Copy to Live Loops: Transforming regions into cells in Logic Pro – 9to5Mac

Today we are taking a look at the copy to Live Loops function and transforming your regions into cells. While we previously explored some of the more performance-based applications of Launchpads and Live Loops, arguably the most obvious use for Apple’s grid-based production environment is in arrangement. You can easily and quickly experiment with transitions from one part to any other without having to start dragging and dropping huge, unwieldy chunks of regions around. Sure, that’s nothing some Marquee tool or skip/cycle wizardry can’t handle on the regular timeline, but there’s really no comparing that to the musical immediacy and hands-on immersion of triggering these sections with a single Launchpad button, all-synced to the timeline and without having to commit to anything until you’ve experienced the change.

How To Get A Great Electric Guitar Sound – Expert Advice | Production Expert

How To Get A Great Electric Guitar Sound – Expert Advice | Production Expert

Great guitars are easy if the perfect take is perfectly captured. But what if they aren’t? In this article Mike Exeter offers some expert advice on how to deal with guitars which fight back…

I’m often asked about how to get a great guitar sound and it’s easy to resort to the flippant response of “start with a great guitarist, a well set up and brilliant sounding guitar and amp, and put a mic in front of it”

3 Tips for Fixing VoIP Audio in the Mix

 

by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor July 1, 2020

3 Tips for Fixing VoIP Audio in the Mix

VoIP—for years, the bane of engineers who work on podcasts and in broadcasting. Voice over Internet Protocol, or “VoIP” for short, is the mechanism that enables telephone and videophone communication over the internet.

Think of the way a Skype call sounds: that tinny, grating quality is the result of audio data transfer using this protocol—and it’s terrible. Dropouts, blasts of distortion, and a persistent, sibilant resonance are common maladies of audio transferred using VoIP.

Unfortunately, VoIP is more ubiquitous and essential now than ever before. With the growing prevalence and necessity of remote meetings and video calls, engineers are working with VoIP audio on an increasingly regular basis. With that in mind, here are three tips to help optimize your VoIP audio.

Choosing the Right EQ

Choosing the Right EQ – Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor

Hang on, aren’t all digital EQs roughly the same?

Some people on the internet will tell you that. They’ll say, “for the most part, digital EQs sound and function the same way.”

by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor February 23, 2021

Tres Amigos – Nectar, Neutron, and Ozone.

I never really appreciated the differences in the EQs available in the three tools.

Neutron and Ozone EQs are available as separate plugins. Nectar is only a “mothership” plugin – all of the tools are included in the interface.

Phantom Power And Ribbon Microphones – The Myth Busted! | Production Expert

Phantom Power And Ribbon Microphones – The Myth Busted! | Production Expert

We have all heard stories about how providing 48v phantom power to microphones that do not require it can cause damage to the mic. But if that is the case, why do some interface and console manufacturers only provide global or sectional phantom power switching? In this article, we are going to do our best to get to the bottom of the myths surrounding 48v phantom power with the help of some seriously qualified friends.

Follow the best practices to be best at what you do.

Snare-drum Multimiking: Four Recommended Microphone Positions To Mix & Match

Mike Senior at Cambridge Music Technology.

Snare-drum Multimiking: Four Recommended Microphone Positions To Mix & Match

In this video I demonstrate the sound of four different recommended microphone positions you might use when multimiking a snare drum, showcasing the sound characteristics of each mic position with audio examples. In addition, I discuss how you might go about combining them at mixdown.

His books – “Recording Secrets for the Small Studio” and “Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio” are excellent sources of information.

Recording Secrets For The Small Studio

 

Recording Secrets For The Small Studio is an intensive training course specifically designed for small-studio enthusiasts who want a fast track to release-quality results. Based on the backroom strategies of more than 200 famous names, this thorough and down-to-earth guide leads you through a logical sequence of practical tasks to build your live-room skills progressively from the ground up. On the way, you’ll unravel the mysteries of many specialist studio tactics and gain the confidence to tackle a full range of real-world recording situations. User-friendly explanations introduce technical concepts on a strictly need-to-know basis, while chapter summaries, assignments, and extensive online resources are perfect for school and college use.

 

 Mixing Secrets For The Small Studio (2nd Edition)

 

Mixing Secrets For The Small Studio is a best-selling primer for small-studio enthusiasts who want chart-ready sonics in a hurry. Drawing on the back-room strategies of more than 160 famous names, this entertaining and down-to-earth guide leads you step-by-step through the entire mixing process. On the way, you’ll unravel the mysteries of every type of mix processing, from simple EQ and compression through to advanced spectral dynamics and ‘fairy dust’ effects. User-friendly explanations introduce technical concepts on a strictly need-to-know basis, while chapter summaries, assignments, and extensive on-line resources are perfect for school and college use.

 

7 Sidechaining Techniques Worth Checking Out | Production Expert

7 Sidechaining Techniques Worth Checking Out | Production Expert

Sidechaining was once regarded as a purely functional mixing tool, now sidechain compression has become a key weapon in the creative arsenal of producers across all genres. Here are 7 tips to help you get more from it.

The iZotope tools allow for sidechaining dynamic EQs. This is similar to using a compressor to change dynamics of a frequency band based on external levels.