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How to Prepare for a Day in the Recording Studio

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This is a guest post by Steve Hillier, writer, record producer and teacher of Sound Engineering Courses at Point Blank Music School. The big day has arrived: you’re going into the studio to record your first single. It’s an exciting prospect, adrenalin is flowing like water and your band can’t wait to become the next whatever it is that they want to become. But not so fast. Going into a recording studio is becoming an increasingly rare occasion for today’s up and coming musician; many never set foot in a professional setup before hitting the charts. It’s uncharted territory, a…

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Five Ways To Save Money On Recording

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This is a guest post by Charlotte Daniels Recording is a funny old business. Whilst nothing can replicate the adrenaline, excitement and sheer terror of getting up and playing in front of people, there’s still a certain romanticism around control rooms, recording desks and microphones that look about fifty years old. However, you might also have noticed that booking a genuine studio can be one hell of a way to drain the wallet and lead to a stern lecture by your bank manager. That’s why we’ve put together this little list of great ways to put together a decent-sounding recording…

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What are the Best Home Studio Monitors?

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When you kit out your home studio you’re going to need a good set of studio monitors to listen back to your recordings on. Monitors differ to standard hi-fi speakers in a variety of different ways, but the main difference is that monitors are built to sound ‘neutral’, in other words, they’re designed to give you an accurate representation of what your recording sounds like with as little colouring (such as equalization) as possible. Hi-fi speakers are designed to make music sound good, studio monitors are designed to make music sound as it is. If you’re looking to buy a…

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How to Build a Music PC (Interview with Barry Gardner)

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After the success of Barry Gardner’s last post on The Musician’s Guide, I wanted to share his extensive knowledge as an audio mastering expert with you on what to consider when building a music PC. For those of you who haven’t read Barry’s last post on tips to improve recording and mix-down quality, Barry is a mastering engineer who operates SafeandSound, an audio mastering company. How much money does building your own music PC save? And what kind of challenges does building one usually present? “I have built a music PC my self and fortunately the machine worked very well…

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7 Easy Steps for Musicians to Make Better Recordings and Mix Downs.

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This is a guest post written by mastering engineer Barry Gardner who operates SafeandSound online mastering 1) Get your gear sounding as good as possible Before your recording session check your instrument hardware, replace guitar strings 2 weeks before the recording, replace drum heads and of course get the drummer to tune his drum set. Buy some Moon Gel to dampen down toms that are too “ringy”. Resolve crackly leads, amp hums and buzzes, dodgy guitar stomp boxes, replace batteries in any active devices and eliminate other potential annoyances. 2) Work in 24-bit resolution When recording always ensure your digital…

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