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Here's How to Get the Best Mix Possible on a Budget

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Not everyone can afford the thousands of dollars worth of tools to make stellar home recordings. The good news is you don't need them – a skilled craftsman can get the most out of simple tools.

If you hone your skills and broaden your knowledge, you can get by with the basic stuff you probably already own (assuming you have recording software and monitors). Here are just a few tips to help you along.

Recording, Honing Your Craft

Nov 10, 2016 06:00 AM

Rob Lanterman

5 Ways to Ensure Your Band Will Kill It in the Studio

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Before you enter the studio to share your music with the world, keep in mind that a tight practice or live set may not be enough. There are things that come out on record that you might not notice beforehand but will throw the listener for a loop (and I mean that in a bad way).

When Less Is More: 3 Reasons Why Smaller Arrangements Can Make Your Tracks Sound Bigger

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Everyone wants their studio tracks to sound “huge.” In an effort to achieve “hugeness,” many of us follow the obvious path of adding more and more things to our arrangements. If two guitars sound big, then four guitars should sound even bigger, right?

While this makes sense in principle, the results can be paradoxical; often what we achieve by adding more elements to a track isn't a bigger sound but a smaller one.

How does this work? Here are a few examples of some situations when removing elements from your tracks can lead to a fuller sound.

Recording, Honing Your Craft

Nov 4, 2016 06:00 AM

Hugh McIntyre

The 7 Essential Musical Credits You Need to Keep Track Of

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If you're gearing up to make some new music and release an album, make sure you’re keeping proper notes and writing down everyone who was involved with every bit of the album-making process as you go along. Trying to look back later and remember every place and name is incredibly difficult.

You might not think it’s that big of a deal, but if you fail to properly credit someone for their work, you run the risk of alienating that person, losing a contact, and even getting yourself into some legal troubles. While you're working, follow this checklist to make sure you're keeping track of every credit.

Is Going to School for Audio Engineering Worth It?


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A hotly contested topic in the music industry, and a question I frequently get asked by students is, “Will getting a degree in audio engineering be a waste of time and money?” I find the answer to that question is actually a much more nuanced one, and there's no one-size-fits-all answer.