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

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

How To Add Q-Clone To A Toolbar In REAPER

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So a while back, when I first got Q-Clone, I was trying to wrap my head around how it worked. Bear in mind that Waves wouldn’t touch REAPER with a 10 foot pole at the time, and I was worried that I’d bought a plugin that I wouldn’t be able to use in REAPER (like Sound Shifter). I hit up … Read More

Why I’m moving on without my Analog Console.

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Last summer, after a year of VCC use, I got my first analog console. I got it on a trade, an Audio Technica AT4050 for this killer Panasonic Ramsa. I figured it’d be something I could expand into, because I didn’t have the I/O for more than 6 channels. Closing ones studio to be a caregiver, and moving into a … Read More