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How To Record Acoustic Guitar – 4 popular techniques compared

Larry Murante recording acoustic guitars at DBAR Productions

How To Record Acoustic Guitar A quick comparison of 4 popular acoustic guitar recording techniques The purpose of this video is to let you compare the sound of different recording techniques for the acoustic guitar. All of the techniques were recorded in one performance pass, so the

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The Best of Everything!

Maybe I’m just getting old and cranky, but I joined a few FB groups a while back, thinking that maybe I can share some of my knowledge with young aspiring producers/engineers. Unfortunately, it seems that a large number of questions asked by “newbies” is “What’s the best

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Why your home studio mixes suck

So, you’ve got the latest and greatest DAW, a high end notebook or desktop computer, every plugin you could lay your hands on, some cool looking “studio” monitors and headphones, and you watched every episode of Pensado’s Place, but your home studio mixes still suck compared to

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Voice Doubling

Hi, please see link I have placed and let me know that how can I edit my voice as dual voice. What we call this function. Just help and rest I will practice thru different software. I removed the links from this question, but the vocal effects

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My Favorite plugin Reverb

For a long time, I stuck with hardware reverb when mixing, because I just didn’t feel like there were any plugin reverbs that could come close to sound of dedicated hardware, such as my Kurzweil KSP-8. Eventually we got some pretty decent software reverbs, with my early

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How well do you listen?

A common thing to talk about among aspiring recording/mixing engineers is how well they can hear. There often seems to be a bit of a contest to see who can hear the highest frequency, as if somehow being able to hear higher frequencies makes you a better

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My favorite vocal widening effects

Sometimes you want to make a vocal sound wider, thicker, and fatter, but without excessive reverb or delays. Here are a few of my favorite methods for vocal widening. Back when I worked at the big studio, we had a couple of Eventide H910 processors, and also

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Louder is Better? The EQ trap!

Loudness tricks of the brain! By now you should know all about the Loudness War, and how our ears & brain are easily fooled into thinking Louder is Better. If you are an experienced recording or mixing engineer, you are probably well aware of this phenomenon, and

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Words of inspiration from Young Guru

Recording vocals in the old DBAR Productions vocal booth

Tuesday night we had the opportunity to attend an inspirational presentation from Young Guru.  This was an event put on by the Pacific Northwest chapter of the Recording Academy, and their Grammy U program. I was able to bring a guest, so I brought my wife along. 

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Preparing your tracks for Professional Mixing

How to prepare your tracks for Professional Mixing Once you have decided that it may not be best to try to do it all yourself, and you think you have a song that is good enough to get professionally mixed, you need to prepare your tracks to

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