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MXL 990 Review

One of the dark secrets of microphone reviews and the world of microphones in general, is that the mic doesn’t matter nearly as much as the person using it. Except for the worst microphones on the planet, you can get a good sound with just about any of them, as long as you know how to use it. While experience can really help you position a mic quickly, anybody can do this. As long as they can hear and they have patience. It could take all day to get the mic position right. But it’s worth … [Read more...]

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Audio Technica 2020 Review

Looking for a cheaper microphone can really test your instincts. Take this mic for example: it bears the name of Audio Technica, one of the most trusted names in microphones, but it goes for a price that is exceedingly affordable for the project studio. How can this be? Take a look at the construction and the mystery deepens. No cheap plastic parts….solid metal grill….feels solid, far too heavy for a cheap microphone. What gives? Nothing, really. You find the same quality construction … [Read more...]

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AKG Perception 120 Review

For a long time, users were wise to steer away from a condenser microphone under $100. But those days are gone. You can now safely consider adding such a microphone to your studio. And if you can only spend less than $100, take a look at what AKG is offering in this category. AKG is a world leader in microphones and have effortlessly transitioned into offering budget mics for the home studio. That alone should put you at ease. Get used to that feeling, because once you plug it in, you’re … [Read more...]

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Rode NT1a Review

If you’re in the market for a single microphone for your fledgling studio, the Rode NT1 is a strong contender for your money. The NT1 is a large diaphragm condenser, something that audio experts the Internet over, recommend for a home or project studio. Condenser mics use a small electrical signal to electrify their diaphragm and put out a very powerful signal. By contrast, dynamic mics are made to hander much higher signal levels, but they have a weak signal. What this means for you is … [Read more...]

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Added Value Music Production?

One of my side hobbies is reviewing music submissions for a college radio station. I get to pick through a pile of music, some well-known, some quite obscure and listen to it all. The majority of it is terrible. Yep. Most of it suffers from some lack of professionalism, vision, or just energy. And it’s not just my taste. I find “good” submissions by artists that I don’t like at all. You can see quality, even if you don’t like the music. And it got me to thinking about the vast sea of … [Read more...]

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SM57 Microphone Review

Experienced home producers will certainly look sidelong at a review of an SM57 because it is an absolute winner. Why are we reviewing it? Calling the SM57 “industry standard” has now become industry standard language. Nobody looks or thinks twice about these microphones. You don’t have to. They’re rock solid and continue to perform, despite user abuse. Before we get into the details, let’s look at a little history. A Little Mic Records Some Big Noises The humble 57 first hit the … [Read more...]

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What are the Best Cheap Microphones for a Project Studio?

Do you think you need to spend hundreds, maybe thousands, of dollars just on microphones to create great recordings? You aren’t alone! There are many people that labor under this illusion, and it might be the only barrier stopping them from creating the recordings they dream of. Make no mistake: expensive microphones can create great tracks, but they’re just as useful as their cheaper brethren if you’re lacking: A Good Space for Recording! One of the reasons professional recordings with … [Read more...]

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You Might Already Be An Entrepreneur!

Whether you’re a musician that happens to record music or you are actively recording music for other people, you might be an entrepreneur. In fact, if you’re attempting to make money with music, you are almost certainly an entrepreneur. This is an uncomfortable realization for many artists. We like to think that all we have to do is exercise creativity and come up with beautiful work. The rest will work itself it out. Some musicians are privileged enough to just focus on playing and some … [Read more...]

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Preparing Your Mix for Mastering

Is your mix ready for mastering? If you’ve never had a track mastered, this is a tricky question to answer. What does ready mean? It’s difficult to explain what mastering does for a song but you can definitely hear the effects in the finished product. Mastered mixes generally sound a little more powerful, more cohesive, and have a greater sense of depth and perhaps width to them. You shouldn’t wait for mastering to do this for your songs. Those qualities have to be present before … [Read more...]

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David Wills Production Training Review

In an effort to help you wade through the immense amount of training material out on the web, we're bringing you more reviews. Today, we'll take a look at the free training modules' offered by David Wills. Video 1 I’m writing the rough draft of this review as I watch this training for the first time. Right away, I can’t help but notice the Australian accent, which is a huge plus for me, as a North American. In the US, we have something of a fascination with the Aussie accent. It just … [Read more...]

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Advanced Sidechaining for Bass Instruments

Getting bass and bass drum to play well together in your mix is one of the classic battles of the modern engineer. They just don’t want to meld, but there are plenty of ways you can persuade them to behave. One tool in that fight, that will be especially of interest to hip hop and EDM producers, is this advanced sidechaining technique. I learned about it over at Modern Mixing, a great resource that we’ve mentioned before. Here is a tidbit that explains the essence of producer Jaycen Joshua’s … [Read more...]

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How to Succeed When You’re the Weakest Link?

 Are you the smartest person on your team? If you are, then you could be doing better. One of the oft-repeated pieces of advice in the world of business is to assemble a group of people around you that are “smarter” than you. In fact, one of the keys to finishing projects is to delegate tasks to other people. And hopefully you’re delegating to people that are better at their craft than you. To do this, you need to recognize what your weaknesses and strengths are. What are your biggest … [Read more...]