Ask Joe #70 – Does Sample Rate Matter?

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Questions covered this week:

  • Is there an advantage to recording at higher sample rates?
  • Why would I EQ my reverb plugin?
  • How do you fit vocals in a mix?
  • Does using the makeup gain on a compressor cause unnecessary clipping?
  • Do you use AutoTune for client projects?

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Ask Joe #48 – Gun-to-My-Head Vocal Tip

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Questions covered this week:

  • Is clipping in your DAW always bad?
  • What’s your #1 gun-pointed-at-your-head vocal recording tip?
  • What is peak vs RMS compression?
  • How do you record demos for clients?
  • Best way to use parallel compression?

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Day 14 – Setting Levels for Recording [31DBR]

Welcome to Day 14 of 31 Days to Better Recordings.

A lot of people ask me about setting levels for recording. It seems simple enough, but people tend to be a little nervous about it.

What if I record it too loud? What if it clips?

What if I record it too quietly, and it’s never loud enough?

These are legitimate concerns, but I would say that it doesn’t matter nearly as much as you think it does. Yes, proper gain staging is important, especially when using outboard gear, but when setting levels coming into your recording platform, it’s not as tricky as it may seem.