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In this episode, we talk about some awesome stuff, including home studios vs professional studios.

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Topics covered:

  • Tonal balance from song to song
  • EQ-ing and compressing electronic drum set
  • Getting better at mixing
  • Home vs Professional Studio
  • Acoustic treatment
  • Mixing vocals for the chorus
  • Drum miking
  • Compressors characteristics
  • Vocal clarity
  • Mic preamps
  • Multi-band compression
  • Gain plugins while mixing
  • Bass trapping
  • Mixing bass
  • External hard drives

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  • Two quick notes on glass windows in your studio:

    1) Some trivia: Above 1K, glass reflects a ton of sound. But under 200 Hz, glass absorbs sound better than 2″ of 703 fiberglass! Search for ‘703’ and ‘window’ in this chart: http://www.sengpielaudio.com/calculator-RT60Coeff.htm

    2) Heavy drapes (2-3x fullness) can help with the high end during a session, and can be tied back otherwise (search for ‘curtain’ in the above chart). But if money is no object, why not try some transparent absorption: http://www.rpginc.com/product_Clearsorber_Foil.cfm

    I know the latter is out-of-budget for most of us (right now) — but eventually new technologies tend to come down in price. Something to look forward to 😉

    • That’s fascinating. I didn’t know about glass at low frequencies, but that makes sense. Is the glass actually absorbing the low frequencies? Or is it just transmitting them?

  • I would like to comment about the Tonal-Balance issue …
    When I’ve just began to mix , I’ve been tolled : “mix every time , like it is your first time”
    a reference track is a must IMO on every mix you are working on …
    if you are looking to get a similar sound/tone on all your tracks so reference all your mix’s to the first song in the album or so…..
    any way if you mixing every time like it’s your first time , it’s assure you are not going to skip any process along the way … and get a great treated polished mix 🙂
    I can suggest about percussive instruments like a Glockenspiel , by the way Joe the blocks are from sort of metal not wood 🙂 , but this kind of instruments got a very noticeable resonance frequency , you can see if you bring up the “right” frequency down you will still maintain the original tonality of the instrument, of course it is individual to every Glockenspiel you record depending also on the mic you use 🙂
    Joe Great and interesting podcast as always !

    • Thanks Avi! You always have great comments. 🙂

  • On the drum mic thing… Why not just take a stereo feed from the mixer that all the mics are plugged into and use everything? Would probably sound WAY better. Do a take and adjust levels on the “sub” mixer to taste.

    • Brian

      Our church doesn’t mix in stereo for the services. There’s a small mixer in the drum booth that feeds into three mono channels that head to the system board. I basically can record two of the three feeds off the system board. Since I posted the question, though, I was given a small 5 channel mixer. That will let me get the three channels into two channels. I think a little experimentation will get some great results.

    • You could certainly do that, but you’re limited to the mix you get during recording. I like the idea of getting a more “mono” mix, but having more control over individual pieces of the kit. Seems more flexible to me.

  • Torsten

    thank you so much Joe! i have been using 2channel interface now for 3 years and done great stuff with it, and before i buy a new interface i just HAVE to try to record drums the way you mentioned in this podcast with it!! Thanks again! ….and what do you think about the M-Audio projectmix? it has 8 xlr inputs and it is a daw controller at the same time!

    God Bless!

    • Jerry Mateo

      I have used it I might not be Joe but its a pretty decent interface. Personally I love my focusrite pro 40. but the projectmix is more than enough to get some decent recordings.

    • Cameron Norman

      The PreSonus FireStudio Project is waaaay cheaper, and it has better pres. Also, the best bang for your buck DAW controller is the Griffin PowerMate. The former product and the PreSonus Faderport will have you covered for DAW control 🙂

    • I’ve known plenty of people who’ve used the ProjectMix. Amazing preamps? No. But it gets the job done. 🙂