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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7 Amp Sims Every Producer & Guitarist Should Know About

Guitar and bass amp simulations are often indistinguishable from the real thing. Here are seven of the best, plus a couple of honorable mentions.

What’s So Great About The Minimoog?

Since Moog Music reissued the classic Minimoog Model D analog synthesizer, there's been a lot of talk about this particular synth and what makes it unique and great. Joe Albano explores it deeper.

Review: Eventide Fission

Fission allows you to split a sound into its transient and tonal parts, independently manipulate them using Eventide's world-class effects and then fuse them back together.

7 Modeled Instruments You Might Not Believe Are Emulations

Modelled virtual (and some physical) instruments have gone from strength to strength. Here are seven of the most authentic-sounding ones around today.

Re-Amping With A Real Amp Vs. Plugins

Re-amping can lend grit, warmth and authenticity to any recorded sound, not just guitars. Joe Albano explains your options if you decide to go down the software or hardware route.

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.