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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Pro Tools & Melodyne: Pitch-Shifting, But Better

Pro Tools now has a realtime "elastic audio" bundled in the form of Celemony's industry-leading Melodyne. Joe Albano puts its pitch shifting algorithms to the test.

Pro Tools: The Ins & Outs of Grouping Tracks

Learning the different ways to group tracks in your Pro Tools sessions can massively speed up your production workflow as Joe Albano discovers,

Modular Synth Patching Basics (with VCV): Setting up a Classic Synth Bass

Modular synthesis patching, whlie complex, can be satisfying on a creative level with the number of possibilities for those open to sound exploration as Joe Albano demonstrates.

A Music Producer’s Guide To Sampled Instruments

So, you want your samples and loops to bemore expressive and perhaps easier to play? Creating your own sample-based instruments could be the solution.

Music Production Essentials: The Art of Comping

Comping—making a comp (composite) track from multiple takes—is an editing procedure that’s widely used in music production. Here’s a brief look at what’s involved.

Common Audio Processing FX To Make Your Vocals Shine

Pro trainer and musician, Joe Albano, dives deep into the most common techniques used by top producers when mixing vocal tracks with fx and processing.

Compression Tricks For Drums

Learn the ways to get the most of compressing recordded drums and beats in this in-depth tutorial by master trainer and producer, Joe Albano.

How To Make Your Mixes Warm & Gritty Using Distortion FX

If you've not been using distortion to give your mixes a bit more bite, get the guitars growling or even adding warmth to the vocals then perhaps you've been missing a trick. Joe Albano shows how.

A Music Producer’s Guide to Modeled Instruments

Not sure on the difference between a sampled instrument and a modeled one? Don't know what the benefits of modeling offer software instruments in your DAW? Joe Albano reveals all this and more.

Mixing Essentials: The Highs & Lows of EQ

Joe Albano shares his years of mixing and production experience for beginner and intermediate level producers in this enlightening tutorial on the frequency ranges needed for EQ adjustments.

How To Pitch Edit Like A Pro In Logic

Most DAW nowadays incorporate time-shifting features, but not all include pitch-shifting capabilities. Logic does, with several tools for manipulating pitch for both corrective and creative purposes.

iZotope RX 8 Review

iZotope RX is the industry-standard audio repair tool to restore damaged, noisy audio into a more pristine state. Joe Albano discovers the joys of version 8 in our in-depth review.

5 Mistakes To Avoid In Logic Pro X When Working With Audio Files

Get smart next time you're working with audio files in Logic Pro ... and avoid these mistakes that could set you back big time.

6 Logic Pro 10 Sampler Features You Need To Know

Logic Pro X's Sampler is a complete redesign of the classic EXS24 software instrument. Joe Albano details six of the best new features every producer should know about.

A Music Producer’s Guide To Subtractive Synthesis

Whether you're a music producer or sound designer learning subtractive synthesis can take you a long way using many hardware and software synthesizers.