Posts Tagged ‘techniques’

Very useful article and video tutorial for all current AS and A2 students, especially at this crucial stage in the year!

How to get that perfect vocal

Posted: December 7, 2015 by TGASMrDunne in Articles, Recording, studio
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There are many approaches to vocal recording. Do you go for an emotional, continuous take, or splice multiple recordings together into a pitch perfect sequence? This article from Bobby Owsinski delves into the latter method, using the multiple takes feature of your DAW for maximum accuracy.

Mid Side Recording

Posted: November 27, 2015 by TGASMrDunne in Articles, Recording, Techniques
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What are the advantages of using mid-side recording? How do you process the audio once it has been recorded? Read this excellent article from Universal Audio on this tricky to master technique.

A great article from the StudioSpares Pro Audio blog about why it’s important to position your monitors carefully. I especially like the ‘painting under poor lighting’ analogy!


A really useful resource for AS and A2 students looking to improve their awareness of what a good mic pre-amp can do. Each link at the bottom of the main page takes you to a console mix, highlighting the different Focusrite options. If you click on the track names it also details how each one was recorded, including mic choices. Don’t forget we have a Focusrite ISA one pre-amp in the studio that is available for students to use!

A good interview with a mastering engineer with some thoughts on the use of Master Bus compression. Some hands-on tips given too!

Pitched Riser Tutorial

Posted: March 26, 2015 by TGASMrDunne in Synth Design, Techniques
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With many AS students attempting the House variation of Task 1C, they could do worse than look at this tutorial on the use and creation of Pitched Risers, from Future Music magazine. A riser can give your transitions a boost, and let the listener know that things are going to change.

Song analysis – Wilkinson ‘Dirty Love’

Posted: November 14, 2014 by TGASMrDunne in Songs
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An excellent song that we covered today in class, stylish use of risers, white noise sweeps, delay, and a great hook to finish it all off.

Another excellent tutorial from Computer Music on using compression effectively to process your drum sounds. This tutorial covers snap compression: controlling the dynamics of individual hits to help them sit better in the mix.

Creative Sidechaining With Gates

Posted: November 18, 2013 by TGASMrDunne in Techniques
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Another excellent Future Music article on how sidechaining can be used for more than the standard ‘pumping bassline’ effect. Read and experiment!