The podcast is a few days late due to some traveling for the Gilder clan.

I’m back in Nashville and have a brand spankin’ new podcast for you

Some topics covered today:

  • Should I upgrade my computer?
  • Mastering individual songs vs an album
  • Electric guitar recording techniques
  • External converters
  • My approach to mixing
  • Choosing studio monitors

… and a lot more.

Happy listening!

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11 Responses to “Ask Joe #32 – Mastering and more”

  1. Rick Spyder

    Monitors…an experiment that worked for me…get any 2 or three way speaker that you like (passive) and Bi or Tri amp them yourself…i did this with Paradigm studio 20s. a stereo 2 2 way crossover. Bryston 2b on tweets. Arragon M11 on woofs and a Monitor audio 12″ sub band a DBX 31 band. HOLY SHIT I have about 5K invested but this blew away anything in the price range. High end studio monitors seem to cut corners in the amps. this way you can tune your speakers and the transients will blow you away.especially in the mid range where you need at least 300 watts. Big good old amps like Crown, Bryston Carvers etc are easy to find used and cheap and will sound better then the digital switching amps. Dynaudio passives are good for this too. The key is NEVER use a speaker with an internal crossover. You will not believe the sound you can create this way with some effort and some test tones. the other cool thing is that you are kinda tuning the sound including your DA conversion.

    cheers Rick Spyder

    • Joe Gilder

      I’ve always been happy with internally crossed-over speakers. I believe that yours sound amazing (and possibly better), but that doesn’t necessarily mean that our speakers aren’t still good and can get the job done.

  2. Xan Angelfvkk

    Couldn’t agree more about bouncing tracks and finding other methods to free up resources on a computer.

    Electric guitars? Well if you’re playing metal definitely double track, some people even like to stack up four. Myself, I don’t usually do that but sometimes I like a centre guitar (i.e. panned mono) and usually done though a *little* amp. This track is sparingly blended in to enhance the mid-range presence ov the guitar.I don’t like the use ov a ‘glue compressor’ at all – that’s cheating…! However sometimes I do it (usually with a limiter) if I want to get a grunty mix for something fast, rather than the ultimate quality mix. Here it’s better done during the mastering.

    Headphones…don’t like ’em…! But why not try some ov those Dr Dre ‘Beats’?! 😉

    Big Ben…sounds like waank..! hehe

    Hmmmm Sinewave on a kick? Now this is something I might check out, however when I encounter a weak kick drum sound if compression doesn’t fix it I simply trigger a decent trigger sample from it…! Easy peasy! :)Studio Monitors…as Joe says…! 

    I used to use Acoustic Research speakers in my old studio in Nelson. They sound good, but not really nearfield speakers. Get some proper monitors for mixing and use the Infinities for a second opinion on mixes.As for that Peavey amp. Sounds like it’s a power amp for guitar? If so then do not use it at all. The THD levels in guitar amps are WAY, WAY too high for quality hi-fi. People think that a pair ov EL-34s can produce 50watts, well yes in a gat amp at 10% THD! But for hi-fi you’ll be lucky if you get 20watts from a pair. The topology ov gat amps (even power amps) is totally different to hi-fi amps. Maybe can use it to play loud music at a party, but not in the studio!Agree with Joe on the converters. Leave megabuck converters for the audiophiles! Hardware compressors, with due care will last for decades!!

    Don’t ever record a Djembe. It’s illegal.

    Mastering EQ, look at it this way: When you put an album on your stereo (or your car stereo) and adjust the tone controls, or EQ if it’s got one, to the way you like it you’re doing mastering EQ!! 🙂

  3. CameronN

    Experiment with the djembe definitely! Try an SM57 on the top and maybe go for an LDC on bottom. Good luck!

    • Joe Gilder

      Only be careful with a condenser on the bottom. There’s a lot of air moving, which can blow/distort the diaphragm. You’ll want to back it up and not have it directly below the hole.


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