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Quick Guide To Studio Recording Success . Software 6. Planning 9. Mixing
 www. Editing quick keys (Pro Tools) 5. Recording quick keys (Pro Tools) 2. Workflow 3. Preparation 8. Editing For The Mix .Andrew Masters Table Of Contents 1. Plug-ins 7.recordingideas. Mic set up and technique 10.

Especially since producers. is without a doubt the industry easy. Avid offers several certified in both Avid’s ‘Pro Tools’ instruments and audio. Choosing which software optimized for musicians and really fantastic for all applications.’.’ For the in mind. let’s take a look friendly and is loaded with a library studio.. editing and motivated. Another great benefit to but has become a staple element for the decision is often financially working with this program is the highly intense recording. they program. program (also made by Apple). professional recording/mixing purpose simplicity. . and has not only become program. I use and am ease of working with midi-based mixing sessions. Let’s take a caveat to using Logic is that it can mostly depends on the set up and look at the reasons that I use each only be run on a Macintosh. One major pricing packages for ‘Pro Tools. I use and am certified in ‘Logic’ is designed with the creator every computer in every both ‘Pro Tools’ and ‘Logic. I highly As a professional audio engineer. ‘Pro Tools’ has evolved over at the reasons I would use each of sounds. and the workflow is the years. Quick Guide To Studio Recording Success . ‘Pro Tools’ is installed on Personally. Personally. with audio.’ so it and Apple’s ‘Logic. I recommend using ‘Logic.’ ‘Logic’ is recommend ‘Pro Tools. Software There are so many to choose from! Logic Pro Pro-Tools I don’t have a huge budget.’ ‘Pro Tools’ Choosing which software to use isn’t a great step up from the well known. you use isn’t easy. cost of ‘Logic’ is currently set at are offering a subscription package $199.recordingideas.
 www. that allows users to download and have immediate access to the software for about $25/mo. The equipment you have.Andrew Masters 1. As a musician and producer. Each function is user. especially since the decision and commonly used ‘Garage Band’ standard when it comes to working is often financially motivated.

you also get a pack of comes with a number of stock plug. 
 www. Personally. incredible resources to have while learn the plug-in workflow and basic mixing ‘in the box’. Waves plug-ins on my rig and get a lot of mileage out of their tools. Pro Tools pack of Waves plug-ins included.recordingideas. Both Waves and ins known as ‘DIGI’ plug-ins.Andrew Masters . UA’s plug-ins are powerful and are great for people just starting to with fantastic plug-ins. Plug-Ins Who makes the best?
 What do they do? How many should I have? Plug-ins are software signal Waves Audio Universal Audio processing tools that are used to The audio company ‘Waves’ offers Another great plug-in company is.’ you get a with your purchase of any UA engineers on-the-go. This is an amazing deal because their great plug-ins. interface. Quick Guide To Studio Recording Success . If you purchase an audio system is great because included uses and are great tools for interface from ‘Apogee. I use signal processing techniques. modify and improve the sounds of several packages of plug-ins as ‘Universal Audio’ (UA). The UA your recordings. They have multiple well. These you’d be pairing a great interface.

What are their names and what up.Andrew Masters 3. and you don’t know the band 7. and together? equipment you want for each Organization. 1. www. Quick Guide To Studio Recording Success . How many songs are they have them organized and readily Say you book a session with a recording? available. Are they going to perform live are . How many people are in the Once you have these answers you There are a few things that I find to band? can begin organizing the session set be most important to think about 3. documented. Imagine what mics/ Information. 5. Resources. and well is collect information on the project. beforehand to have your equipment The first thing you would want to do Resources properly stored. Part of ensuring this band. By now you know how many while preparing for my sessions: do they play? people there are and if/when they 4. Preparation
 Proper preparation for a Information session is key to success. Making an inventory list. organized. What’s the name of the band? Organization 2. What’s the recording order? element and make certain that you 6.recordingideas. How long is the session? organization is putting in the effort and have never even heard of them. so that you know what/where your equipment is at all times. can make this procedure very simple.

 There are four crucial things I Consider amplitude of elements . assess how you will treat the Know the names of the performers 1. Environment process. Performer With the vision of the client in consider while planning for a result in minimal bleeding Try to find out what the performer session: likes to have while working . Vision and have them written down as environment Plan the acoustic treatment with the Draw your setup layout backup mic setup/room layout in mind Consider line of sight Know what kind of player you’re Consider length of lines that are recording being run • Personality • Style of musician www. 3. Elements • Headphones Vision of the session Decide how much control you want • Snacks The elements I’ll be capturing with each element • Drinks The performers Choose the Mics/DI’s you’ll use on each element The environment Structure the order of tracking in the session Planning for each of these concerns Form your input list will simplify each step of the 4. Quick Guide To Studio Recording Success .Andrew Masters 4.

Andrew Masters 5. ask them to play a bit so you template for your session during the can understand the sound of the Ask for help planning phase. Having an extra set of your vision and the sound of the When you run your lines to the mics. create a Next. you can have someone as ready as you can be when that your miking technique . you want to make certain that you aren’t Make a template Have the player set up their wasting any session time re-running equipment and get comfortable. if you can. 
 cables while you get your software www. hands will make the session move instrument. Mic Set Up and Technique Setup Structure When setting up your mics. (like a friend or assistant) plug in day comes. cables. You should. make Prepare for changes up and running and your template sure you place them according to loaded.recordingideas. Make the performer comfortable movements around the room. Quick Guide To Studio Recording Success . make sure there is enough slack to much more smoothly and be much account for any unforeseen more prosperous over all. This way you are instrument and properly choose If possible.

” Punch Record to pick up on a take “CMND + Space”. Task Key Command Flip between edit and mix windows “CMND =“ Navigate between tracks in your track list “p” (up track) “.recordingideas. you should want to be able to do several main functions while recording. or “3” (Numeric Keypad) Save “CMND + S” Save As “SHFT + CMND + S” www. it’s ideal to be as fast as possible on the computer so you aren’t messing with the natural flow of the performance Ideally.” (down track) Arm a track “SHFT + R” Solo a track “SHFT + S” Mute a track “SHFT + M” Group selected tracks “CMND + G” Change to a new take playlist on a track “CNTL + \” Or duplicate take playlist on a track “CNTL + CMND + \” Create song markers on the fly “ENTR” (Numeric Keypad) Jump to a specific section of the song using markers “.com . without even using the mouse.Andrew Masters 6.” + “#” (of marker) + “. Recording Quick Keys (Pro Tools) Efficiency 
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and punch in (CMND + Space) Check inputs + outputs. then click and drag the grouped together. Find the bar you will punch on. including the track name). ‘Session name.tracking. Workflow My Recording Session Create a balanced mix for 2. Set a “pre-roll” of 2-4 .vocals’)
 www. Quick Guide To Studio Recording Success .ptf’ or ‘Session name. punch. (I only use plug-in Flip tracks to playlist (.recordingideas. Workflow headphones and output monitoring. Run first pass to check balance.drums. all of the CMND after clicking and adjust the mics on the source stay grouped Punching method fade temporarily in slip mode) together. select 2-4 bars before the Create necessary busses for FX. (Tip: Hold you change ‘take playlists’. (Ex. (I/O) or (3 (numeric keypad)) on the Turn off ‘Delay Compensation’. over the lower section of the Make sure to label the playlist of the waveform directly on the punch Keep the tracks for each element first track in the group according to position. levels. and create session markers Keep plug-ins to a bare minimum for song. This way when the part you are punching in.Andrew Masters 7. Check the sound of each mic you’re When punching in on a later part recording and flip polarity if using of the song. fade to the desired length.01) with what you’re recording (still with a polarity flip). come in. Keep your playlist labels consistent while recording. Get input levels. playlist’ (CNTRL + CMND + \) ‘multi-tool’ by placing your mouse to check the phase relationship. section desired. 1.tracking. create a ‘duplicate Add crossfades on punches with the more than 1 mic on a given source. and I prefer to ‘Save As’ for each portion let your player know when to of the tracking process.
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You want waveform that do not have a everyone locked together to give the performance on them. Listen to each fill and ensure you haven’t removed any of groove after editing and add fades the “feel” of the sound or What I prefer to do so that the cuts don’t sound too performance. The task here is simply vocals etc. cover between fills and grooves.recordingideas. www. select the first session. before you mix.Andrew Masters 8. keys. tom tracks. first thing I do is clean up the the bass. edit to make sure you don’t take away from the performance with the edit. percussion. Quick Guide To Studio Recording Success . If Personally. you listen back to each section to simple edits. Cutting sound that tight feeling. Again. out of the hit. Editing For The Mix When and Why Edit? Creative Precautions Cover Your ‘Tracks’ After the tracking process is Make sure you aren’t cutting to Once you have cleaned up each finished. make sure clean up your sessions by doing attack or resonance from the drum. removing your ‘tracks’ and listen after each the bleed and rumble of the kit. and slide or nudge it into position to remove any parts of the with the other performers. first transient of the following hit. I like to start with the as possible. I first start by going ride mic -this gives me the least there are any early or late starts on through each element on the amount of kit bleed and extra noise a performance. Next step you will . guitars. Then I will move on to transient of that hit and select to the want to close to the hit or you will take the track or group of tracks. I also repeat the same check the performances to make process for the hi-hat mic and the sure everyone is in sync together.

com .recordingideas. commonly used Task Key Command Tab to Transients function Tab Separate Clip b Trim clip from BEGINNING to selection a Trim clip from END to selection s Nudge clip right (selected nudge value) + (numeric keypad) Nudge clip left (selected nudge value) .(numeric keypad) Zoom in t Zoom out r Hold CMND when using the mouse to make adjustments to trim in “Slip” Mode while in another mode www. Quick Guide To Studio Recording Success .Andrew Masters 
 9. however. Editing Quick Keys The following are not all of the quick keys but are.

• Spatial Positioning You will mix each song individually by using five mixing guidelines to create a mix: • Equalization • Dynamic Processing • Effects Processing
 Balancing Levels The first step I like to take in High and Low the higher you bring an my mixing process is to element up the closer (and balance all of the levels in my Deciding the relationship of more intimate) it will feel. and front to frequencies of each element. Quick Guide To Studio Recording Success . the mix around them so nothing further back it will feel and clashes. and then build your down in the overall mix. Left to right Front to back I recommend to bring in the Decide where each element This is determined by the vocal . I like to start with my drums - back. are set up I then bring in the accent mics underneath until it feels exciting and comfortable. www.recordingideas. for instance your cymbals specifically my drums and acoustic guitars vs. project spatially: from left to levels between the right. you can then begin the “mixdown" process. Set the dynamic in your song feels the best output level of each track. Mixing Once you have your sessions organized and • Balance of levels edited. the between the drums and the using “panning. kick overhead mic’s.” lower you bring an element vocals. high to low.Andrew Masters 10.’ Once those drum and bass or synths.

parallel compressed and www. You can use some tracks once and as well as a copy of that equalizers to carve out potentially even twice (when signal being compressed. Quick Guide To Studio Recording Success . and Serial Compression Dynamic processing compress the group together to keep the relationship in- tact. to compressed). This gives a (threshold) to a lesser volume bus (send) with a unique quality to that track range. combination of the two is bring clarity to your element known as “parallel or performance. typically be used on every bus. This is a powerful tool compressor. You can use individual compression.recordingideas. to serial compress you A compressor is used to Sometimes you might use would simply add another reduce the dynamics of a parallel compression to bring compressor on the same signal that rises above a an element closer in the mix. This is a different way to Once you have your balance compress a signal by using and basic EQ’s set.” track. that can really bring a mix to from the track you want life. This will give you the which in turn adds color to single track in your mix.Andrew Masters EQ Using your EQ/filters will help A compressor wouldn’t send the desired level to that create space in your mix. Maybe you have processing like a compressor on your vocal “compression” and “limiting. The boost specific frequencies. it is time multiple compressors in a to start using some dynamic Parallel Compression single chain. track after the first user-definable level To do this you will create a compressor.” compression on a specific track or you can create a “bus” of multiple tracks. existing audio from your track each element and therefore however it will be used on the overall mix. use a “send” only. on unnecessary frequencies or apart of a group being a separate .

Andrew Masters Effects Processing Now that you have your Reverb is nice for bringing Using these effects can be sound organized and extra space to specific fun and entertaining. Commonly used effects are : This is known as a”bounce.recordingideas. www." Modulation is useful for or simply a “mix. phasers. one or a combination of • Delay elements. Quick Guide To Studio Recording Success . used for transitions. exaggeration . The last step is mixing . Common modulation effects are • Modulation flangers. bring some shimmer/attention effects and delays for some to specific parts and usually Delays are great for vocal not the entire duration of the ear candy. or on parts that are to be focused. and for gluing your only want to use them to preferences.” Now your • Reverb specific parts of a song on mix can be mastered.typically only song. but you balanced to your elements. it’s time to add mix together. or modulators.

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