On a Compressor, What is Knee? Some compressors allow you to control the knee setting. There are two types of knee setting, hard and soft. Hard knee compression reduces the gain abruptly when the signal exceeds the threshold. Hard knee is the default setting on most compressors and is good […]
Noise Gates A noise gate is a hardware device or plugin that can be set to automatically mute the signal during parts of the audio track where the instrument is not being played, and un-mute again when the instrument is being played. Some noise gates are able to close partially […]
De-essers De-essing is the method of reducing the loudness of frequencies in vocal recordings that cause spitting or piercing when an “ess or shh” sound is made. This is called sibilance. Sibilance can also occur when a “t” sound is made. It is an unpleasant sound and can spoil an […]
Multi-band Compressors split the signal into several frequency bands. This allows the user to set the desired amount of gain reduction for each band. Multi-band Compressors are great for dealing with the dynamics of a full range mix. Opto mode has a fast release time at high gain reduction (GR). […]
Why Monitor in Mono? In many professional studios you will find a single speaker (usually Auratone or similar) located between the left and right nearfield monitors. This is used for monitoring the mix in mono. Many professional mix engineers monitor quietly in mono for two main reasons:
Equalizers An equalizer is a device or plug-in that allows you to change the tonal characteristics of a particular sound. It’s much like the bass and treble controls on you hifi except it covers a greater tonal range. There are two main types of equalizer: Graphic Equalizers Graphic equalizers have […]
Reference Guide to Equalizing Bass Guitar The bottom or deep low end of the bass guitar sound lives between 50Hz and 80Hz. The attack or thump of the sound is found at around 700Hz. The bite or definition is around 1KHz and the presence or brightness is at 2.5kHz Kick […]
Routing to an auxiliary channel There are times when you may want to route (send) groups of channels to another channel. An auxiliary is simply a channel that is configured to allow the outputs of other channels to be routed to its inputs. Sending groups of channels to a single […]
Compressors Compressors are used to obtain a more consistent level by reducing loud parts of the recording without squashing the peaks. This allows you to increase the level of the quieter parts without making the entire instrument or voice too loud. Correct use of a compressor is a great route […]
Microphones There are essentially two main types of microphone: Dynamic and Condenser. Dynamic Dynamic microphones can handle very high sound pressure levels making them best suited for recording loud sounds such as drums, percussion or a powerful vocalist. Dynamic microphones do not require an external power supply.
Want to Make Your Recordings Sound Great? Professional recordings sound great in your car, on your ipod, hi-fi or just about anywhere you play them. Bass, middle and treble frequencies sound just right relative to each other .