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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Assembling a Small Microphone Closet on a Budget

When choosing a microphone or mic collection for your studio, how do you know which route to take? Joe Albano shares his experience and offers up some wise words...

Music Production Tech: Flanging vs Phasing

Effects most commonly associated with the 60s and 70s, flanging and phasing are still very much in use in modern production. Joe Albano explains exactly how they work .

Managing Logic Pro X's Sample Libraries

Don't let Logic's large sample libraries eat up all your hard drive space. Joe Albano shows you how to store them more effectively while still retaining easy access to all your sounds.

Everything You Need To Know About The Cue Mix

Cue mixing is sometimes a bit of an afterthought in the recording process but it's actually vitally important to getting the best out of your performers. Joe Albano explains why.

Review: iZotope Neutron 2

With auto-mixing features and a wealth of other new tools and tricks, could iZotope's latest version of Neutron be just what the doctor ordered? Joe Albano gets into the fine detail.

Everything Producers Need To Know About Drum Maps

If drum maps seem confusing and mysterious, fear not! Joe Albano is here to demystify the ways in which different systems and setups deal with translating drums to your MIDI keyboard.

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.