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Questions covered this week:
- How do I thicken up my piano recordings?
- Why are my mixes so quiet?
- What’s the best way to record saxophone?
- How do I get motivated to work on stuff?
- How do stock preamps compare to higher-end outboard preamps?
MIDI doesn’t suck.
It’s an amazingly useful tool, especially for us home studio folks.
But when it comes to piano, I decided to break away from the MIDI crowd and buy myself a used upright piano. Instead of reaching for a plugin and a MIDI keyboard whenever I need a piano part for a song, I’d rather reach for a couple of microphones and sit down at an ACTUAL piano.
And that’s what I did.
Well, I finally got around to recording this beauty (her name is Consuela), and I got some really great-sounding results.
Check out this video to see and hear what I did.
We tend to think of EQ as “makeup” for our tracks.
We use it to make things purdy.
But EQ can be a pretty handy tool for faking out your listener. And sometimes those fake-outs can be kinda cool.
Here are a few:
1. Fake Depth
Sometimes tracks are recorded so cleanly that they sound too “up front” no matter how much you turn them down. (more…)