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close-up of part of the front panel of a Neve 1073 DPD dual channel preamp

LINE CONDITIONERS, PREAMPS AND D.I. BOXES

    Today I’ll look at the preamp, the line conditioner and the D.I. box, all useful tools in a home studio.  A line conditioner is less common in home situations but is still very handy. You will certainly use DI boxes and preamps, whether standalone units or built into a mixer or console or […]

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UAD-2 Ocean Way Studios plug-in, which models the rooms at the world-famous Ocean Way Studios, and allows you to add their room ambience, and reposition virtual microphones within the virtual studio rooms  The first of it's kind.

PROCESSING – OTHER FUN STUFF

    Well, we’ve covered a huge amount of processing devices and techniques in the last week.  There’s still a huge amount to go, which is totally awesome! I’ve posted over 25,000 words this week alone, all discussing just three very broad categories of effects, namely delay, reverb and modulation effects. In today’s blogpost I’ll […]

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The WAVES Manny Marroquin Reverb plug-in, with modulation and distortion parameters.

PROCESSING – REVERB Part 2

    REVERB CONTROLS There are a huge number of variations in the controls on a reverb.  It’s a bewildering array of controls, in fact, with few reverbs sharing the same exact set of parameters. This is, for the most part, due to the differences between the various methods of creating reverb. Modern reverbs, in […]

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After all the gigs and recording sessions I've been part of, it's hard to look at the UAD plug-in model of the Roland RE-201 Space Echo, the hardware unit I wish I'd never sold.  On the other hand, where the hell would I get 1/4" tape?  This is a lost love of mine, right down to the black cover peeling off the unit after so much loving tenderness and so many unfortunate incidents.

PROCESSING – TIME-BASED EFFECTS Part 1

    DELAYS There are various types of time-based effects, also known as time domain effects. The simplest types are called delay effects. You may come across mono delays, stereo delays, tape delays, outboard delays, numerous flavours of plug-in delays, duplicated tracks offset in time, cross delays, multitap delays, ping-pong delays, and others in your travels. There […]

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UAD Precision Multiband, a fantastic multiband processing tool.  Here you can see the Hip-Hop Hype preset in action.

PROCESSING – MULTIBAND DYNAMICS

    WHAT ARE MULTIBAND DYNAMICS? This category of processing is dangerous to your audio when misused.  It is a very, very powerful type of processing. You can target just the frequency areas you want by using this tool, and it has all kinds of uses in recording projects. It’s fairly new to the scene, […]

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Sonalksis SV-719 Expander/Gate/Ducker

PROCESSING – DYNAMICS Part 4

    EXPANSION The inverse of compression is expansion. Compression is used a great deal more often than expansion, but the expansion technique is very helpful in certain situations.  I mentioned this in yesterday’s blogpost briefly, but here’s the full deal on how expansion works. Picture yourself in a room. The ceiling represents the very […]

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Two modern hardware classic compressors. This is the UA 1176 LN above the UA  Teletronix LA-2A

PROCESSING – DYNAMICS Part 1

  Two modern hardware classic compressors. This is the UA 1176 LN above the UA Teletronix LA-2A   WHAT exactly are DYNAMICS anyway? Dynamics processing deals with adjusting the dynamic range of a piece of audio.   That means deciding how loud or soft it will be, moment to moment. For our purposes, this is […]

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Manley Massive Passive stereo tube EQ above a Drawmer 1961 stereo tube EQ

PROCESSING – EQUALIZATION (EQ)

    People often over-use EQ at home, going through their tracks and making each individual track sound as good as they can. It’s a common mistake, but it’s easy to avoid. The quick version is… Use EQ sparingly and only when you think you really need to.  Never make EQ decisions when the solo […]

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Rezo Velo Fuzz preset, an awesome bass sound in Digidesign's VACUUM instrument

SYNTHESIZERS – COMMUNICATING IDEAS WITH OTHER MUSICIANS

  There are huge advantages to knowing synthesis techniques when it’s time to describe to a musician the ideas you have for sounds. This is due to the language of synthesis covering the topic of describing sounds in detail so efficiently. To make this clearer, we’d better take a tour around the various “parts” of […]

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CM Labs CM64 programmable recallable analog patchbays

SIGNAL FLOWS, ROUTING AND PATCHBAYS

This post sounds pretty tedious!   Signal flows, routing and patchbays, indeed. Well, it’s pretty useful stuff, but you don’t need a patchbay in most home studios these days, since most traditional outboard boxes (meaning effects units, compressors, EQs, etc) now come in the form of a plug-in inside your DAW, so you probably don’t […]

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