Ask Joe #78 – Mixing Vocals and Using Samples

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Questions covered this week:

  • You always say Get It Right At The Source, and that no amount of compression or EQ will fix a poor recording. Is this true with drum samples? Will a bad kick sample be as hopeless as a poorly recorded kick track?
  • How would you approach mixing vocals with a stereo backing track rather than having all the instruments on separate tracks?
  • How do I add harmony to some vocal tracks? Are there any tricks you’ve learned that could help? Any resources out there that you would recommend?
  • Whose job is it to determine the length of a song – the engineer or the mixer?

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Ask Joe #77 – Banjos and Acoustic Guitars

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Questions covered this week:

  • I plan on recording a banjo like an acoustic guitar. I didn’t know if that’s the “proper” or best sounding way to record it. Is a room mic needed, because there’s no sound hole?
  • I’m currently in a square room (11 by 11), but I don’t have the chance of putting up much acoustic treatment. Would I be better off using open back headphones or just putting up a small amount of acoustic treatment and use studio monitors? (Currently I’m just using a pair of krk 4600 closed back headphones to get my mixing done.)
  • Could you explain side chaining, what it is, and what it is used for?
  • I have been recording all of my guitars with an xy set up, and then doubling them with an additional xy guitar (each x and each y to their own mono track)   Would you go with an LCR approach for panning, like the body mic of each up the middle and the neck mice out the the left and right?  Do you thinks it would be better to keep one guitar all the to the left and the other the right?

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Ask Joe #67 – Prepping the Band for a Session

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Questions covered this week:

  • How do I prepare a band for their first recording session?
  • Is there a difference between acoustic treatment for tracking and mixing?
  • When using compression, does the ratio matter if I’m going for the same amount of gain reduction either way?

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12 Home Studio Necessities #8 – Acoustic Treatment

 

Acoustic treatment is arguably one of the most important components of your home studio. Sadly, it’s usually the most neglected area.

Most folks would much rather buy a new mic or new studio monitors than bother with acoustic treatment. Or they’ll buy plug-in bundle after plug-in bundle, praying that one of them would be able to “fix” their mixes.

Oftentimes the problem isn’t the gear, it’s the room.

Think about it. Everything you do in your studio revolves around sound waves. These sound waves are bouncing all around the room. Unless your room was built from the ground up to appropriately handle all these reflections, you’ll need acoustic treatment. (more…)

Ask Joe #54 – Should I Master While Mixing?

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Questions covered this week:

  • How much is too much acoustic treatment?
  • How should I build a web presence to showcase my portfolio?
  • Should I master while mixing?
  • How do I deal with electrical noise?
  • How should I go about recording drums with one microphone?

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