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Recording Dojo

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Keeping sound sources in phase will ensure your recordings sound as full and vital as possible. Here’s where to start.

Welcome to another Dojo. Before I begin, have a look at Fig.1. Recognize this symbol? You’ve no doubt seen it as a button or switch on mic preamps, audio interfaces, some plugin GUIs, and in your DAW. This is the symbol for phase, and phase is one of the most overlooked fundamental elements that can greatly improve your recordings and mixes. If you’re new to phase, this is not about using your phaser pedal (or plugin), but rather checking that the waveforms of your recordings are in the most optimum relationship with each other. I’m going to start with basic explanations you’ll need to know. Tighten up your belts, the Dojo is now open.

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Rig Rundown: Ariel Posen [2023]

The silky smooth slide man may raise a few eyebrows with his gear—a hollow, steel-bodied baritone and .017s on a Jazzmaster—but every note and tone he plays sounds just right.

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3 Quick Tips for Recording Guitar | Recording Dojo

Free your microphone placement and gain structure, and your EQ and compression will follow.

Hello everyone, and welcome back to another Dojo! In the last two columns, I’ve focused on bus mixing techniques to get your recordings more on point—and I hope that was helpful. This time, I’d like to place focus in the other direction and give you three tips to capture your best recorded tones yet.

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How to efficiently combine tracks that can benefit from being processed via a single channel.

Welcome back friends. This time I’d like to show you how to really take advantage of using aux busses in your mixes to bring your music to a new level. Last month, I explained the benefits of using VCAs to make top-level, final volume adjustments to mixes that are already super-polished and just need that extra bit of attention to detail. But what about when you’re waist deep in the mixing process and really need to start bringing it together? Aux busses are the answer. If you’re not using them in your workflow, you’re really missing out on a vital mixing technique and (likely) wasting valuable CPU/RAM resources by redundantly instantiating the same plug-ins on individual tracks.

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You can fine-tune families of instruments by boosting their volume with this handy technique.

Welcome to another Dojo! This month, I’d like to show you the benefits of creating and using VCAs (Voltage Controlled Amplifiers) when mixing, for added control and nuance. Tighten up your belts. The Dojo is now open.

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