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Use This Production Trick to Thicken Your Vocals

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Thin vocals in a track can be quite the frustration. It could have been a million different things: the microphone, the space, the acoustics, you name it. But worry no more – Warren Huart from Produce Like a Pro shares the trick he uses to make vocal tracks thick, juicy, and forward in the mix. Check out exactly how he does it in the video below!

How the Science of Acoustics Affects You in the Studio (Explained in Terms Anyone Can Understand)

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The science of acoustics is a serious academic study. It’s multidisciplinary and has implications across disciplines. People get doctorates in this stuff. Luckily for us, we don’t need to know how sonic vibrations effect nuclear centrifuges or use sonar to locate skulking nuclear submarines. We just want to make music sound good. A little understanding of the science helps a lot.

Here’s an image that will change your perspective on sound. As explained by the University of Indiana’s acoustical program, we live in an ocean of air. Crawling around on the surface of the earth, we’re at the very bottom of that ocean, and the miles of air above us create very high air pressure. Sound waves are simply fluctuations in that air pressure, and our ears are attenuated to detect them. In fact, our ears are so perfectly adapted to the job that we can detect fluctuations of less than one billionth of standard air pressure!

How to Add Attack to Kick Drums

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Looking to add that little something extra to your music, but aren't sure how? Try looking to your kick drums. Watch this short and sweet video to learn how to get more bang for your buck, ahem, attack from your kick drum. Dave Pensado of Pensado's Place shows you how!

How to Get the Most Out of the Mastering Process

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While many indie artists these days have become experts at recording and mixing their own music, mastering is the one step of the music-making process that still confuses many musicians. Because mastering is such a fine art, many artists have found that it’s best to leave this process to the professionals. At the same time, working with professionals can be a daunting task, especially for those of us who have a hard time handing over control. If you’re concerned about getting the best results from the mastering process, keep in mind that you can still influence the process, even if you’re not the one doing the work. Here are a few ways to approach working with a mastering engineer to ensure you get the best possible results.

3 Ways to EQ Without Touching a Single EQ Knob

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So often when recording, the first thing many people tend to reach for when looking to shape a sound is an equalizer. Many times, this can be can be the perfect tool, but it's not your only option. A sure sign of amateur mixes is that they usually get "overcooked" with EQ, especially in the digital realm. This is something even experienced engineers, myself included, find themselves sliding into from time to time. So what other options do we have before we start turning knobs?