Gain Staging For Amp Sims

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Amp sims, like their real world counterparts, are non-linear processes. As you increase the input level, they saturate and distort more. As you decrease the input signal, they clean up more. It’s important to remember this characteristic, as you can drastically change the response of the amp sim by adjusting the input level. Let’s start with some numbers. My interface … Read More

Why you shouldn’t sleep on Nomad Factory

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[I realize this entire post reads like a giant advertisement, but I assure you that it’s my honest opinion about a product line that I am personally passionate about. Nomad Factory have never given me a plugin to review, I have no NFR’s from them, and every plugin of theirs I own I paid for. I recommend you consider doing … Read More

Vertical Video Is NEVER A Good Idea

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The Noise Floor A/V was always envisioned as a place to discuss audio AND video, but rarely do we speak of video here. Most of the community are audio engineers, and I myself am far more versed in audio production than video production. But bad advice is bad advice, regardless of format, and I want to call Shenanigans. A marketing … Read More

Drum triggers. What they are, and how they work.

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A drum trigger is a microphone. Nothing more. It picks up the sound of the drum and sends the audio to the source. The source usually is an audio to midi converter either in the box or outside of the box, but that doesn’t have to always be the case. The audio from a kick trigger, for example, can be … Read More

Acoustic Treatment…And Autism?

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[This article was originally written in July 2014 for a previous blog of mine. I’ve updated it to publish it here because I feel no one is talking about this alternative.] Let’s talk acoustic treatment and safety. I’m in a different situation than most, in that I’m caring for my 18 year old twin daughters who live with autism. They … Read More

Why I Don’t Care About Accurate Analog Modeling.

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Plugin manufacturers are on a never ending quest to develop the holy grail of plugins…the perfect digital model of a classic analog piece that everyone in the industry embraces as the most accurate, bar none. This is admirable in that it pushes the technology further and further, and now we have top tier mix engineers like Andrew Scheps and Jack … Read More

How To Choose Your DAW Track Colors!

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Quick tip for organizing your sessions, ESPECIALLY if you’re the type like me who uses visual elements to quickly dissect information. Muted and neutral colors. Bold colors draw my eye to them too much, and I don’t want my eye pulled to one color every time I look at my mixer window. Instead, by using more muted and neutral tones, … Read More

Gain Staging And The Master Fader…

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Master faders can come in two varieties, Pre-fader or Post-fader. This indicates where in the signal chain the insert effects are in relation to the master fader output. Let’s dive in to learn more about the two types, and why one might want to use one over the other. “Pre-fader” means the sound coming into the master fader will go … Read More

Understanding Drum Sample Libraries.

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From bedroom producers, to the top brass mixing engineers with multiple grammies, there are a lot of people who use drum samples in their mixes. Joey Sturgis is famous for using Kick 10 from Steven Slate Drums in many of his productions (although now Joey Sturgis has his own sample library on the market called Drumforge), and Randy Staub used … Read More