Ask Joe #55 – Getting Motivated

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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?

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How to Record Upright Piano [Video]

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.


Three EQ Fake-Outs

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…)