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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Recording Techniques: Understanding Mic Patterns & Applications

Microphones come with many different polar patterns and understanding these can be key to getting a great recording. Joe Albano breaks down which ones to use, and when.

Stereo Microphone Recording Techniques

Stereo mic'ing can add depth and vitality to your productions. Joe Albano explains the various different techniques and which ones you should use.

8 FX / Processing Bundles Producers Would Be Crazy To Ignore

You can often save money when you buy a bundle of plugins rather than collecting them individually. Here are some of the best collections around today.

Understanding Mono & Legato Mode in Synth & Sample VIs

Different playing modes can affect the way your performances sound. Joe Albano breaks down how mono and legato modes work in modern instruments.

Adding Analog - Style Tape Saturation Effects To Your Productions

The sound of tape can lend warmth and authenticity to your tracks. Here's how to get the analog effect using digital tools.

Review: KRK V8 S4 Studio Monitors

KRK's studio monitors are known for their striking design. But do the new V8 S4 models sound as good as they look? Joe Albano finds out.

7 Virtual Synths That Blow Most Hardware Synths Out of the Water

There's no doubting the joy of using a real hardware synthesizer. The tactile controls are difficult to beat. But when it comes to sound these 7 virtual synths more than hold their own.

Using The Masking Meter In iZotope Neutron

iZotope Neutron brings intelligent analysis and automatic mixing functions to the mixing process. Here we look at the Masking Meter in this new plugin which solves frequency masking issues.

Focusrite Red 4Pre Interface Review

If you're looking for an audio interface with Thunderbolt 2 connectivity, low-latency performance, advanced I/O and excellent sound quality then the Focusrite Red 4Pre should be known to you.

Waves Abbey Road Vinyl Review

Waves promise their new plugin will give you vintage warmth of vinyl records played on classic turntables and needles. It's a precise model of Abbey Road Studios’ vinyl cutting and playback gear.

Music Producers Guide To Reverb

If you're looking to understand reverb, the various types and their ideal uses in your mixes, then you're in the right place. Joe Albano is here to explain all this and more.

7 Classic Hardware Character EQs in Software

The beauty of analog music hardware, especially EQs, is the unique character they can impart on your mixes. Fortunately, there's a number of faithful emulations in the plug-in world. Here's 7 for you.

5 Tips For Choosing The Right Studio Monitors

As every producer and engineer knows, a pair of monitors you can trust are essential when recording, mixing and mastering. Here's some things to bear in mind when choosing your next studio monitors.

5 Mistakes To Avoid When Recording Acoustic Guitar

So, you're recording acoustic guitar? Here's 5 timeless mistakes every musician, engineer and producer should avoid... along with solutions to each problem.