Joe Albano

Joe Albano

Joe is a musician, engineer, and producer in NYC. Over the years, as a small studio operator and freelance engineer, he's made recordings of all types from music & album production to v/o & post. He's also taught all aspects of recording and music technology at several NY audio schools, and has been writing articles for Recording magazine for many years.

Articles by Joe Albano

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Watch Out When Mixing Low End: Standing Waves & Room Modes

Understanding the acoustics of your working space is key to getting mixes that travel well, especially when it comes to low end. Joe Albano explains why.

Recording and Production: Close-Miking Techniques

Close miking is a core skill for recording all kinds of sources from guitar and drums through to keyboards and vocals. Joe Albano takes you through the fundamentals of this technique.

5 Mistakes To Avoid For Stereo Image Processing When Mixing

Playing with the stereo field of your sounds can be a creative mixing technique. But as Joe Albano explains, there are some pitfalls you'll need to avoid.

Mixing Tricks: Making Artificial Harmonies Sound Authentic

Software lets us create vocal harmonies even after the singer has left the studio, but there's an art to making the results sound believable, as Joe Albano explains.

Review: iZotope RX 6, Cutting Edge Audio Repair Tools

iZotope's RX is one of the most powerful audio repair tools in the business. So what could a new version add? Quite a lot, as Joe Albano found out...

4 Famous Classic Analog Synths Every Producer Should Know About

You have probably seen the software versions, but how much do you know about the legendary hardware synths that inspired generations of music makers?

Arranging Techniques For Real & Virtual Instruments

Blending real and virtual instruments, when done correctly, can help to ensure that your productions sound more live than they really are. Joe Albano explains why.

Recording Studio Tips: Minimizing Mic Leakage

Interference in your mic recordings can come from a bewildering array of different places. Joe Albano explains the most common culprits, and how to avoid them.

5 MORE Mistakes To Avoid For The One Man Band / Solo Producer

So you've fixed some of your solo producer bad behaviors... but there are more ways you could improve! In this new instalment, Joe Albano explains how.

Logic Pro X Audio Preferences Explained

Ever wondered what exactly Logic's audio preferences do? Wonder no more, as Joe Albano demystifies them!

7 Amp Sims Every Producer & Guitarist Should Know About

Guitar and bass amp simulations are often indistinguishable from the real thing. Here are seven of the best, plus a couple of honorable mentions.

What’s So Great About The Minimoog?

Since Moog Music reissued the classic Minimoog Model D analog synthesizer, there's been a lot of talk about this particular synth and what makes it unique and great. Joe Albano explores it deeper.

Review: Eventide Fission

Fission allows you to split a sound into its transient and tonal parts, independently manipulate them using Eventide's world-class effects and then fuse them back together.

7 Modeled Instruments You Might Not Believe Are Emulations

Modelled virtual (and some physical) instruments have gone from strength to strength. Here are seven of the most authentic-sounding ones around today.

Re-Amping With A Real Amp Vs. Plugins

Re-amping can lend grit, warmth and authenticity to any recorded sound, not just guitars. Joe Albano explains your options if you decide to go down the software or hardware route.