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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Musical Applications For iZotope RX

iZotope’s RX suite of audio repair modules is usually thought of as a post-production or mastering tool, but it has many music and mixing applications as well. Here are a few of them.

Double Your Pleasure: Doubling Mixing Tricks

Doubling is a relatively simple yet effective trick for creating depth, richness and interest in an arrangement and a mix. Joe Albano shares his top tips for doubling up.

Pros & Cons of the 4 MIDI Editors in Logic Pro X

Logic Pro X has multiple tools for editing MIDI and each one has its own specific strengths. Joe Albano explains when you might want to turn to which one for the best results.

Stereo Image Mixing in Logic Pro X

Logic Pro has some excellent tools for stereo imaging that go way beyond simple left / right panning. Joe Albano explains how to take advantage of them to make more creative mixes.

Review: Krotos Audio Reformer Pro - Sound Designers Dream?

This unique tool for turning your own sounds into foley effects - and much more - is capable of some amazing things. Joe Albano put it to the test and here's what he discovered...

Reverb Plug-Ins Every Producer Should Know

If you haven't explored beyond your DAW's stock reverb plug-ins, you could be missing out on a wealth of mixing options. Joe Albano shows you what's what when it comes to reverbs.

How To Record With An Analog Front End

Using an analog stage when recording digitally is common practice and can be a good way to give a warmer and more authentic sound to your recordings. Joe Albano explains how it works.

Mixing Live Multitrack Recordings? Read This!

Expert producer Joe Albano shares his years of experience mixing live multitrack recordings. Here's what he has learned about the best way to approach every kind of sound source.

Review: Positive Grid Bias Amp 2

Positive Grid has a reputation for making uniquely powerful amp simulations with more features than most. Joe Albano put Bias Amp 2 to the test.

How To Use Logic Pro X’s Built-In Plugins Only For Mixing And Mastering

Logic Pro X ships with one of the most all-encompassing instrument and effect bundles of any DAW. But is it enough to fulfil all your musical needs? Joe Albano finds out.

How To Make Your Productions Sound Analog Using Logic Pro X's Plugins

Working in the digital domain doesn't mean your productions can't get that rich analog sound. Joe Albano reveals which of Logic Pro's plugins to turn to for a vintage vibe.

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Editing MIDI

MIDI is extremely flexible, but using it to its fullest potential means being aware of some of the less obvious pitfalls you can encounter when editing. Joe Albano shares his expert tips.

Isolating the Mic: Avoiding Leakage & Excess Room Tone in Microphone Recordings

Studio recording can be a minefield of sound leakage, ambient distractions and other unwanted interference. Here, Joe Albano shares his top tips for getting great isolation during audio capture.

6 Logic Pro X 10.4 Workflows & Features You Might Not Know

The 10.4 update to Logic Pro X brought a whole raft of features, tweaks and upgrades. Here, Joe Albano shares six new tools and techniques that might have escaped your attention.

5 Mistakes To Avoid When Editing Audio

Modern DAWs allow us unprecedented freedom to edit audio, but there are plenty of potential pitfalls. Here's Joe Albano with five pro tips for avoiding those dreaded editing mistakes.