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. Then when I wanted to reference i would simply un-mute & solo. It was always a little bit of a pain, but I had never really bother to look for an alternative. SampleMagic A/B makes life so much easier.
All you do is put the plug in on your master channel, and you can load in up to 9 tracks, level match each of them and then click once to switch between your project & the reference track. You can also listen to both the references & your project in mono which is very useful to have in the same plug-in.
2. It is too hard to find new acts & gigs
Though everyone has their obligatory FB, Twitter, Bandcamp, SoundCloud pages, the constant battle of getting your posts seen by a decent size audience is getting harder every year. And it seems there is no-one really focusing on this on a large scale. Sites like myspace used to do this really well, but the less said about that the better.
Obviously I haven’t just learned this, but I have started noticing recently how extreme it is getting. Making what is already a tough market for upcoming acts even tougher. Blogs are a great solution, but can be limited especially if you are not in a major city if you are trying to find local acts to go out & see.
3. Re-amping to stereo (One of my favourite production tips)
I have always been a big fan of reamping. By recording clean DI’s (both with & without an amp tone) you give yourself so many options. You can record pre or post pedals and then spend time later on nailing the tone. What I have found myself doing far more often is reamping twice, and slightly tweaking the amp/pedal sound. Then having this panned left, and the original panned to the right. This can help widen the part and leave alot more space down the centre for other elements.
You do have to be a little careful that you aren’t doing some nasty phasing, but just listen back in mono and switch either the Left or Right channels phase, and see if there is much cancellation. If there is some cancellation going on, just trying using a different comp from your takes.
Re-amping in general is one of my favourite production tips and can give instant improvements to production, mixing & recording.
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