Anyone who is interested in reading about studio production here is a list of books that I high recommend. 1. The Art of Mixing: A Visual Guide to Recording, Engineering, and Production by David Gibson 2. The Mixing Engineer Handbook by Bob Owsinki 3. The Recording Engineer's Handbook by Bob Owsinki 4. The Music Producer's Handbook by Bob Owsinki 5. Modern Recording Techniques by David Miles Huber & Robert E. Runstein 6. Mastering Audio: The Art and the Science by Bob Katz 7.
Below is a list of mix approach that may help you to get started in mixing. You can apply any if these mix approach as you mix along but if you are a beginner I do advise you to try out one approach at a time just to understand how it works. Ultimately, there isn't a hard and fast rule in mixing. As long as your mix sounds good, no one is going to complain. 1. Top Down First playback all your recorded tracks and do a quick mix(5mins) just by using faders. No EQ, No Compressio
There are numerous ways of managing your files and folders. AES (Audio Engineering Society) have a document titled 'Recommendations for delivery of recorded music project' (Technical Document AESTD1002.2.15-02). It is one of the many ways you can manage the files using their guidelines. Here is how I usually do it: 1. Filename of my primary folder for the album: ARTIST_ALBUM_YYYY-MM-DD Example: EROPS_FOWARD_2016-07-07 The date will be updated whenever I make any changes to fi
This trick is for engineers who want to line up the first bar of the song to the meter. Usually musician need 1 or 2 bars of metronome to count in before playing the intro of the song. So this can mess with your head if the actual Bar 1 of the song is Bar 3 on your meters. This is how you can setup your meter so everything line up. Step 1: Set the tempo of your song. Step 2: Open up the Time Operation window and select Move Song Start on the first tab on top of the window as
Here is a document that I have created to aid myself in documenting the guitarist setup during the recording process. It is not perfect but it always help me to document the setup quickly. Guitarist may also use this to communicate their setup to the engineer in both live performance or recording in the studio. I have roughly filled up one of this document for your reference at the bottom of this post.
When I record drums I will usually place a bottom snare microphone. My 'go-to' microphone for bottom snare these days is AKG C414 however it can be anything else depending on what the song need. Once in a while I would receive a mix session recorded without the bottom snare microphone. The bottom snare microphone captures the sound of the snare-wire rattling when the drummer hit the snare. Sometimes I need the high-mids and high frequencies from that microphone to process it