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

Clariphonic Rack Unit To Be Discontinued!

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Kush Audio is discontinuing the 19″ rack version of Clariphonic! “When they’re gone, they’re gone forever…” While supplies last, you can get yours for only $1199, 25% off, at your local Kush dealer. Kush have hinted that we should stay tuned for the reason why this legend is being discontinued, which hints at something to come. Could it be that … 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

Why I use Expanders on DI’s.

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Picture 1. In the first picture, you’ll see 4 colored bands on the analyzer. The red band is the noise floor of my interface, and it’s reading down around -110dbfs. The dark orange band at the very bottom is where the expander is pushing that noise floor to, down around -170dbfs. I usually use HoRNet Track Utility to bring the … Read More

3 Reasons Why Pre-Production Is Essential

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(This is a guest post from Steve Perrino of Compass Audio in Akron Ohio) Most musicians agree that there is a huge difference between your live show and your recordings. There is a lot of energy in a live performance due to volume and visuals, but there are certain things that you need to do in a recording to bring … Read More

8 Steps To Better Audio Tutorials!

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I’ve been seeing more and more audio tutorials these days. I think that’s fantastic, because we should all have a voice. But I want to share some insight into what I’ve learned for those of you who are still trying to find your footing in the teaching world. 1. Know it. Inside and out. If you’re going to teach it … Read More