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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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.

Pro Tools 12 Bonus Plug-Ins

Avid is offering a bundle of bonus plug-in effects for users to purchase or renew their subscription. Joe Albano breaks down what each of the plugs brings to the table.

What Every Producer Needs To Know About Meters When Mixing & Mastering

Have you ever wondered what some of those advanced meters in your DAW or plug-ins actually do? Joe Albano is here to demystify all kinds of meters for you - so read on to get the lowdown!

Using Headphones When Mixing? Here's What You Need To Know

Mixing on headphones can be useful and even necessary in some situations. But it brings with it a unique set of conditions and considerations. Joe Albano explains all you need to know...

4 Subtle Recording & Mixing Tricks To Make Your Productions Sound Better

Sometimes it's the little things that make all the difference - tips, tricks and techniques that can take a recording from good to great. Joe Albano explains four of his favorites.

The Joys, And Benefits, Of Building Templates In Logic Pro X

Templates in Logic - and any DAW - can save you a bunch of time setting up and let you get straight to the business of making music. Joe Albano explains how they work.

Exploring Logic Pro X’s Speciality Creative Processors

Logic comes with a bunch of bundled plug-ins but while you may know the reverbs and delays, some of the more unusual models have much to offer, as Joe Albano explains.

5 Hacks Every Recording Musician & Engineer Should Know

The recording process can throw all kinds of curve balls at you, however well prepared you may be. Joe Albano shares some industry secrets that can save your bacon if the worst happens.