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Archive for: 8/2014

Mix Tips From a Mastering Engineer pt. 1 - Into The Lair #108

"Dave goes "Into The Lair" with Gene Grimaldi, Chief Engineer at Oasis Mastering and offers tips on how to make your mix as ready as possible for mastering." [Videos]

New Ways To Mix Reverb - Into The Lair #106

"Dave Pensado shows you some new ways to use reverb to get the most out of your vocal tracks!" [Videos]

How much difference is there between MP3, CD and 24-bit audio?

"Debates rage over whether hi-res music is a gimmick. Three Guardian writers put four music formats – and their ears – to the test" [Articles]

The Distortion of Sound | Official Trailer

"Hear it all. The Distortion of Sound is a documentary about the decline of sound quality and how technology has changed the way we listen to music starring Slash, Quincy Jones, Mike Shinoda, Snoop Dogg, Hans Zimmer and more. Hear it all at" [Videos]

20 Tips On Songwriting

"Every songwriter goes through times when the inspiration just seems to dry up, and the perspiration doesn't seem to be working. Debbie Poyser offers some guidance." [Articles]

Get BASS that CUTS - Into The Lair #107

"Dave Pensado shows you some simple techniques to get your bass to cut through the mix and allow your ear to find it without being overpowering." [Videos]

Programming Realistic Drum Parts

A lot can change in four years, but there's still a lot of good information in this SOS article from 2010 about programming percussion. [Articles]

Simple Guide to Mix Bus Compression

Joe Gilder from Home Studio Corner with a quick guide to compression on the mix bus. [Videos]

Music Supervisors Sound Off On Art, Craft of Complex Profession

Variety interviewed several members of the Guild of Music Supervisors in order to nail down what, exactly, the role of the music supervisor is in film and TV. [Articles]

2 ways to make your bass lines sound awesome! (L#114)

"You've heard two guys playing the same riff, right? One guy sounds pretty cool… the other guy sounds AMAZING! But, it's the same riff! How is this possible?!… Three simple things… time feel, articulation and dynamics." [Videos]

Into The Lair #9 Part 1/2 - Widening tracks, clearing out the middle

Clearing elements out of the middle to make room for vocals, as well as tricks to widen your mixes. [Videos]

Audio: On the Score with Tyler Bates :: Film Music Magazine

"On a new episode of 'On the Score,' Tyler Bates talks about the challenge of creating an epic score that works on all oddball and old-school blasters to create his space in the Marvel universe." [Articles]

Should You Change Guitar Strings for the Studio?

"There's a lot of debate about how often to change your guitar strings in the studio. No matter what people say, it's a matter of opinion." In this article we’re going to look at both sides of the coin. [Articles]

How to Mix 808′s – Into The Lair #94 | Pensado's Place

Dave Pensado’s assistant engineer Cole Nystrom show’s his method for mixing 808 kick drums inside of a track. [Articles]

The Art and Craft of Foley

"In this essay I look more closely at modern Foley performance and aesthetics, giving special attention to the customized nature of Foley effects and the importance of creating sound with ‘character’. What interests me is not only how Foley professionals have negotiated their role as sound artists but how the professional goals of Foley have shifted in response to the increasing use of digital audio workstations." [Books]

The Story of the Focusrite Studio Console « Audio Geek Zine

Focusrite has produced a really interesting documentary about the Focusrite Studio Console. There are only 10 in the world and they travel to see them all. During the production of the video one of the consoles was destroyed. [Articles]