Gig List 09/10/2017 – 15/10/2017

Martin AndrewRecording

09.10.2017 Bellevue Days – Support from The Young Hearts Old Blue Last, 38 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3ES The perfect kick off to our weeks starts over at Old Street where we’re down to see Croydon 4 piece Bellevue Days who sound like the perfect mix of The Xcerts, Manchester Orchestra and Weezer. Support comes from The Young Hearts … Read More

Production Tips – A few recording, production & mixing ideas – 25/09/2017

SamLocal Music, Production, Recording

Thought not strictly Production Tips, I hope these little bits that I have picked up recently can help some people. 1. Referencing with SampleMagic Magic A/B I have used reference tracks while recording, producing & mixing for years, and it has always been quite simple. Load the track/tracks into Protools/Logic, level match it to what I’m working on, then mute. … Read More

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

SamRecording

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

SamRecording

Reference Tracks

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

SamRecording

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