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.

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7 Reasons Why You Should Consider Upgrading From GarageBand To Logic Pro X

Whle Apple's GarageBand is a very powerful and capable digital audio workstation in its own right, here's seven reasons why you might wish to see it as a stepping stone to Logic Pro X.

Using a Small Analog Mixer with Your DAW

Are you wondering if a little analog can help your productions in a your modern recording studio based around a DAW? Joe Albano digs deeper to find out.

How & Why To Create Aggregate Audio Devices in macOS Audio MIDI Setup

Joe Albano take sus through the ins and outs of creating aggregate audio devices for Mac users and explains why and in what situations you'd want to consider doing this.

A Producer's Guide to Setting Up a Send & Return Hookup for Reverb

Joe Albano takes us beyond the basics of inline audio processing and shines a light upon parallel processing and the benefits and uses of using sends and returns when mixing with reverb.

How to Optimize Your Mac For Making Music

Modern computers are capable of handling the demands of audio production, but there are still recommended minimum requirements and optimizations that need to be taken into account for reliability.

The Order of Things: Audio Plug-ins

Joe Albano investigates the chicken or egg situation for music producers... which effects should go first in your plug-in chain? Compressor or EQ, reverb or delay?

Home Recordist's Guide To Miking Up Instruments

Bring out your microphone(s)! Joe Albano is back with an essential guide to recording a wide array of instruments, from guitars to saxaphones, drum kits to pianos.

Recreating Classic Sounds With Analog Emulation Plug-Ins in Logic Pro X

Classic analog audio hardware is highly desired to add warmth and character to tracks. Joe Albano shows how to use Logic Pro X's included plug-ins to good effect.

Mastering Audio Using Dynamic Tonal Processing in iZotope Ozone 9

Learn how to add sheen and shape your final mixes with iZotope Ozone's dynamic tonal processing capabilities.

The Unsung Heroes Of Music Production: Lesser-Known Applications for Dynamics Processing

Joe Albano reveals how dynamics plug-ins like compressors and limiters can be utilised in ways you might not expect.

8 Essential Mixing Tips & Tricks For Musicians & Novice Producers

Discover eight essential tips that pro audio engineers and music producers use to improve their mixes.

7 Quick Tips For Using Keyboards In Guitar-Centric Arrangements

Even if you're not an experienced keyboardist, Joe Albano has some pro tips to help you add keys to your guitar-heavy tracks for a different flavour.

Demystifying Logic Pro X's Plug-In Settings, Channel Strip Settings & Patches

You can save lots of time in Logic by making efficient use of its powerful system of patches and settings, recalling whole setups in an instant. Joe Albano shows you how it's done.

What To Consider When Choosing Your Next MIDI Keyboard Controller

MIDI controller keyboards come in all shapes, sizes and configurations. Joe Albano explains your options, whatever your keyboard needs may be.

Sound Processing: Mid-Side Stereo

M/S processing is found on a range of software and hardware processors. But what is it used for? Joe Albano demystifies this sometimes misunderstood technique.