A guest post by Rajiv Agarwal – www.audioshapers.com
There is much confusion about the role of mastering engineers and the part they play in the audio post production chain. To understand their role, we need to first understand what exactly is mastering. Once a song is mixed, it has to be sonically sculpted to sound perfect when played on a Varity of audio systems (hi-fi, car audio, laptop speakers etc). A mastering engineer balances the entire frequency spectrum of the song and adjusts the dynamics to sound consistent across audio systems. Mastering adds clarity, depth and
Printz Board, the musical director for The Black Eyed Peas, welcomes us into his self-proclaimed “lab” to witness him creating a song from scratch. In this eye-opening look at the creative process Printz begins like we all do: File — New. After glancing around the random technology on his desk he settles on
Recording Electric Guitar
by Myles Boisen
The electric guitar (“El Gtr” in engineer shorthand) is one of the easiest instruments to record. Even a modest rig-a good guitar coupled with a decent amplifier-makes the engineer’s job a cinch, offering plenty of level, a variety of easily adjustable tones, and-with most modern amps, at least-an assortment of “flavor enhancers” such as tube saturation, overdrive, and compression.
In addition, the limited bandwidth of a typical electric-guitar track is ideally suited to the frequency response of affordable dynamic microphones. But that doesn’t mean that using the age-old standard of miking guitar amps-a Shure SM57 shoved up against the grille cloth-is the best way to get El Gtr to stand out in a mix.