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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?
We all know compression turns things down.
And we say we know that you can use it to make quiet parts louder, but some of us (myself included at times) have a hard time actually using compression this way.
We feel like this — if a signal is passing through my compressor, that compressor needs to be squashing it at ALL times. No exceptions.
‘Tis a slippery slope…one that leads to overly-compressed, lifeless mixes.
BUT…let me remind you (and myself) of one of the many uses of compression. Check out the new video:
And if you want the full story on exactly how I set up the compressor in the video (plus a bunch of other stuff that will make you luuuv compression), go here:
In your recordings in your home studio, are you constantly worried about noise? Be honest, it’s okay if you are.
That is something that I have struggled with my entire recording career. Homes, apartments, houses — they’re just not very quiet. A professional recording studio is acoustically treated and isolated. If you walk into a pro vocal booth, it is dead quiet.
But the question I have for you is this — is that really that important? Here’s what I think: no, not really.