Music Production, Recording & Mixing

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Monitors and Mixing

Stephen – I have a question which may be difficult to verbalize. When we mix a song over a set of speakers, we attempt to get the song sounding the best we can over those particular speakers. Then, if we hope to have that song translate over all speakers, one

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Robot Mastering

Stephen – have you any experience with these “online” mastering services? Here is one: (link removed) Apparently you can send in an MP3 file and they will plug it into an “algorithm” of some sort and then send it back to you. Have any of your customers ever used one? It

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Questions regarding Analog vs Digital Compression

Hi Stephen, I am a third year music tech uni student. I was wondering if you prefer to use analogue hardware compression or a digital plug-in? Do you think that digital is taking over in studios when it comes to mixing? Every recording & mixing engineer is going to have

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Expanders and their uses

Stephen – over the years you’ve answered several of my questions and have taught me a lot. I have another question if you’ve got the time. I hear everyone talking about compression for dynamics, but I never hear anyone talking about using expanders. Why do people use them? Are they

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Getting Started as a Mixing Engineer or Music Producer

Here’s a question I got via email this morning: What one piece of advice would you give to someone starting out at producing/mixing music? I can’t quite decide if I’d rather wear the producer’s hat or the mixing engineer’s hat. I ask because I want to take music production more

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Questions from a university student

Hello Stephen.  I’m studying for a Bsc(Hons) in Sound Technology at the University of Glamorgan.  Would it be possible for you to participate in a quick questionnaire with regards to the working methods of current producers/mix engineers? Let the interrogation commence… Happy to try to help.  You can find lots

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MIDI and Audio – Connections

If I’m going to MIDI my Korg Extreme to an audiobox 44VSL interface to do everything one needs to in order to record…Am I still going to be using 1/4″ (phono) cables as well? (from Korg to interface) Also, while I got’cha, could you Please turn us dummys onto a

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Compression and frequencies

Question: does compression affect different frequencies differently?  More specifically: if a compressor set at the same settings for attack and release were used to attenuate a 100 Hz signal and then a 5000 Hz signal, would the frequencies react differently to the same settings on the same compressor? And if

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Headphones for the unmentionable

I have a question regarding headphones and mixing…. I think most of us know that mixing in headphones is not a good idea for many reasons. However, many of us, including myself, do not have a lot of control over my mixing environment and often depend on headphones. Are there

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Input level question

Hello!  I’ve not asked you a question in a long time, but now I have a silly question. I don’t know if I am recording correctly on a very fundamental issue: input levels.  When I record I push the faders on the input “mixer” (these faders are in my Cubase

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