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POD X3 Live Patches: Tracking Bass for “Stumpy Ron”

Time for the next chapter in the tracking of The Ballad of Stumpy Ron. Tonight I worked on tracking the bass. My goal was to get a very solid bass tone that would add the needed beef to the mix without cutting through too much or obscuring the guitars. To keep the bass from getting […]

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POD X3 Live Patches: Tracking Guitars for “Stumpy Ron”

I’m currently working on recording final tracks for a song titled The Ballad of Stumpy Ron. The overall sound and feel of the song draw heavily on Black Sabbath but fall somewhere between there and Wolfmother. My new POD X3 heavily influenced my approach for tracking this song. I decided to try recording two guitar […]

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Line 6 brings it with TonePort UX8

Even more great stuff is coming soon from Line 6. I’ve using the TonePort UX2 for a few years now. It is a great unit for quickly capturing quality tracks without fussing with a bunch of setup. Using a mixer with a conventional soundcard is a necessity to minimize setup time for recording but you […]

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Taming Vocals: Compressors In Series

Taming vocals can be a very tough job. I have a few techniques that I use based on the song I’m mixing and the vocalist on record. A few ways to tame a vocalist are “riding” the fader, compressors, other dynamics processors, EQ, and even reverb. Sometimes you will use a combination of all of […]

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Cakewalk SONAR 7 PE includes Boost 11

I’m not a regular Cakewalk user but if I had to find a new DAW as a home, that DAW would be SONAR 7. It is not version 7.0 specifically, I have been a fan of Cakewalk’s workflow since Pro Audio 9.0 (prior versions were just too wonky). Cakewalk are doing a great thing by […]

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Getting The Late 80s CD Sound (Part 3)

Continued from Getting The Late 80s CD Sound (Part 2) Step 8: Boosting Levels Using Multiband Compression The master should be sounding pretty good at this point. The only thing left is to get a little more consistency across frequency bands. Add the Waves L3 MultiMaximizer to your track right after Ozone 3. The interface […]

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Getting The Late 80s CD Sound (Part 2)

Continued from Getting The Late 80s CD Sound (Part 1) Step 5: Mastering Reverb In Ozone 3 A mastering reverb can really help tie your mix together and put a nice polish on it. Mastering reverb is quite a bit different from track reverb. The goal of track reverb is typically to add an audible […]

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Getting The Late 80s CD Sound (Part 1)

The Modern Mastering series focused, as its name implies, on a very modern sound. This is great for mastering metal, rock, pop, dance, and other very modern styles, but it is not really what you would want for some more down to earth styles. I recently worked on a bluegrass EP and did not want […]

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Modern Mastering (Part 2)

Continued from Modern Mastering Part 1 STEP 6: Multiband Compression Add the Waves Linear Multiband processor to the track right after the REQ4. Click the Load button on the LinMB interface and choose Basic Multi from the drop down list. Play your entire track without stopping playback. You now have some numbers registered in the […]

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Modern Mastering (Part 1)

Modern music has a mastering style with a very limited dynamic range. Limited dynamic range does not mean the music has limited range. This modern mastering style just means the quiet parts are nearly as loud as the loud parts. Psycho-acoustically, our ears and minds can still tell the difference between the quiet and loud […]