4 techniques I have tried this week

SamMixing, Recording

On a weekly basis I push myself to try out as many tricks & tips as I can. These might pop their head up while recording, I may read them online or another engineer may spills the beans on them. They rarely work out straight away, and take a little experimentation to realise and some seem to be no good … Read More

Preparing for a session : Vocals

SamPreproduction, Recording

You have poured your heart into writing songs, you’ve managed to get through some awkward but ultimately productive rehearsals and you have taken the time to choose the right studio to record at, but one of the most crucial (and also most commonly overlooked) is your preparation to recording your vocals. Simply put, if you aren’t in good shape, it … Read More

Workaround for bouncing Melodyne tuned vocals


If you use Melodyne, you will no doubt understand the basic concept that your audio is now contained in Melodyne, so if you want to mute a passage, or listen to a different take you have to bypass Melodyne (removing any tuning changes). Bounce errors can also appear when bouncing your projects, so getting the audio back out of Melodyne is … Read More

A guide to Recording Electric Guitars


Introduction When you listen to a modern rock, indie or pop record the clarity & tone of all the parts are integral to the overall sound & dynamic of the finished track. Pre production, arrangement, mic techniques, recording chain, tracking & mixing all have a massive impact on overall sound. The phrase “Only as good as the weakest part of … Read More

Guitar Tube Amps on a Budget

Simon PilkingtonRecording

Fender Tube Amp

Many guitarists enter a recording studio aiming to capture a lofi or vintage sound. With a recent resurgence in the popularity of analogue gear, we have seen the issue various pure tube amplifiers released in miniature form with a price tag to match. Last year I invested in a Fender’s pawn shop series offer a range of tube amps ranging … Read More

Tips for Drum Programming

Simon PilkingtonRecording

With every DAW sporting its own custom made rhythm generating funk machine, drum programming is usually the first port of call for the generation-Y producer on his/her road to (often short-lived) notoriety. So how can you get a more hands-on with drums, and add a little more personal flair into your electronic beats. Here are my top tips. Program off … Read More

Recording Drums: Glyn Johns Method


The kitchen sink approach is one that rarely works when it comes to recording. For the right records (metal/fusion etc…) close microphones and as many room mics as possible is great, but pretty often scaling back is what is really needed. When recording drums there is a couple of options to capture a great kit in a killer room without putting … Read More

Phase isn’t all that complicated

SamMixing, Recording

I have met a lot of people who seem to be entirely overwhelmed by phase, and how it works, but it really is that daunting. Perhaps the best way to understand it is in a theoretical way. A sine wave is the simplest audio wave. It has no over tones, just a pure tone. Take a  sine wave that repeats 500 times … Read More

Don’t Monitor Loud!!

housie@gmail.comMixing, Recording

This doesn’t really require a blog post, title says it all… Monitoring too loud – Shortens mix sessions by fatiguing your ears, even if just turning it up every so often. When you turn things up, your hearing changes, the mix doesn’t. Louder things, sound better. Fact. Just by turning it up your viewpoint completely changes and you make different decisions. Your … Read More