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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Signal Flow: Understanding Clip Gain in Pro Tools

Clip gain tools can be a more effective way to control specific changes in volume than using automation or compression. Joe Albano breaks down the advantages to its use in Pro Tools.

6 Acoustic Drum Plug-Ins Worth Exploring

Using a sample-based acoustic drum instrument can be a lot easier than recording a real drum kit. Joe Albano takes you through some of the best on the market.

Advanced Sampling Features in Logic Pro X

Logic's EXS24 may not have changed its looks in a long time but under the hood there's lots that's new. Joe Albano goes deep inside this powerful sampler to reveal some of its advanced tools.

Programming Drum Patterns For Novice Producers

Making authentic drum patterns even if you're not a drummer isn't as hard as you might have thought. Joe Albano takes you through the fundamentals of programming a great beat.

Incorporating An External Synth Or Sampler Into Logic Pro X

Sometimes there's a sound or effect you can only get from hardware. It's easier than you might think to incorporate outboard gear into Logic, but there are a few rules to follow. Joe Albano explains.

Using iZotope Ozone’s Vintage Processors For Mixing & Mastering

Whatever kind of music you are working with, iZotope's Ozone has the tools to master it sympathetically. Here, Joe Albano dives into the Vintage modules to show you exactly what they offer.

Review: Eventide UltraTap

When you need to go beyond what your DAW's own delay plug-ins can provide, a specialised model like Eventide's UltraTap can be just the ticket. Joe Albano explores this powerful delay effect.

Better Bass (For Non-Bass Playing Producers)

A good bass sound is key to almost any kind of music production, but how can non-bassists ensure they're getting the best results? Joe Albano breaks down better bass for everyone.

A Guide To Creating Vocal Harmonies (From A Musical Perspective)

Creating good harmonies for vocals involves more than just tweaking some plug-ins. Joe Albano explains the musical theory behind getting harmony just right.

Production Essentials: Additive vs Subtractive EQ

Using EQ is a core part of any mixing process but how much do you really know about the different types on offer? Joe Albano explains the differences between additive and subtractive EQ.

Monitoring Latency (How Low Can You Go?)

Most people know that latency can be the bane of a producer's life, but how much do you know about how and why it happens? Joe Albano has this handy explainer.

Understanding Time Shift Algorithms For Music Producers

You may have used time shifting tools in your DAW but how much do you really know about how they work? Joe Albano breaks down the technology in this helpful guide.

A DIY Guide To Separating Sounds From Their Backgrounds

Unpicking audio elements from an already-mixed file is the holy grail of audio production. Joe Albano looks at the state of play, and what's currently possible in this field.

4 Popular Analog Consoles & Their Emulations

The sound of these legendary consoles can be heard on countless classic albums spanning many genres. Even in the software age you can still capture it, as Joe Albano explains.

Hearing Damage: A Guide To Ear Protection For Musicians

We all need to look after our hearing, and it's not just heavy metal drummers that are at risk from long term exposure to noise. Joe Albano explains how to take care of your ears.