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Recording Tips

Keeping it Simple in the Studio

March 9, 2012
On “When the Levee Breaks” from Led Zeppelin IV, Jimmy Page’s guitar parts are panned left and right, and mixed quite dry with some deep flange. Conversely, the drums
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10 Essential Recording Tips

March 9, 2012
Whether you record on your laptop, a dedicated handheld device, or your smartphone, fancy technology can only get you so far. Here we reveal 10 secreTs every would-be Rick Rubin, Phil Spector, and Sir George Martin needs to keep in mind to avoid glitchy, sterile-sounding tracks and capture pristine, amazing tones.
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How to Build A Recording Rig, PT. 2

March 9, 2012
1. The Delta 44 interface from M-Audio features a PCI card that mounts inside a computer, and then connects to an external box with audio inputs and outputs. 2.
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How to Build a Recording Rig, Pt. 1

February 10, 2012
The first step is to settle on the centerpiece for your rig and the “support” items that will surround it.
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Inside a Session Gig

February 8, 2012
Taking instructions, reading music, and prepping your gear.
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Grooving To A Virtual Drummer

January 10, 2012
Aside from using the loops in my TV productions, I like jamming to them. It’s a great way to practice locking into a real drummer’s beats.
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The Best Gear?

January 10, 2012
Owning gear isn’t the goal. The goal is to create music, and the equipment is simply what you need to reach that goal.
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Noise Begone

December 20, 2011
These tools are amazing—they can take a track that seems way too noisy to ever use and turn it into a much cleaner, nearly noise-free, workable track.
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Ask a Working Guitarist, Part 1

November 22, 2011
Looking the part, drum plug-ins, and protecting your ears in the first round of reader questions.
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Dealing With Delay

November 15, 2011
To give yourself—and your mix engineer—the greatest flexibility in the final stages of production, consider splitting your signal before it hits the delay and capturing two guitar tracks, one clean and one effected.
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