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.
The Leslie speaker effect can be heard on countless hit records. But how does it work, and why do we like hearing it so much? Joe Albano explains all.
Antelope's Edge family of mics offers huge flexibility, with mic modelling, variable pattern control and much more. Joe Albano put them to the test and here's what he found.
Patchbays are not always well understood but they're a core part of many recording studios. Joe Albano explains everything you ever wanted to know about them.
An increasingly popular alternative to using chains of hardware boxes, the all-in-one channel strip or recording channel can save space and money, and sound great. Joe Albano sets out your options.
Multiband compression can be one of the lesser-understood types of processing but used correctly, it's one of the most powerful ways to control a mix. Joe Albano explains how and when to use it.
If you have ever wondered what those extra ports on your audio interface are for, look no further for an explanation. Joe Albano reveals how you could get more I/O without lifting a finger.
Avid has bundled almost all its virtual instruments and effects into Pro Tools Ultimate, and other Pro Tools users can get it fairly affordably too. But should you take the plunge?
If you've ever been confused by the terminology around studio connections - TRS, S/PDIF, MegaOhms and more - then worry not. Joe Albano is here to make everything clear.
Logic's bundled reverb processors are among the best in the business. But which one should you choose? Joe Albano shares his thoughts...
Software instruments can make authentic-feeling and sounding bass parts, but you'll need to know a few programming tricks. Joe Albano shares his secrets...
We all know the importance of having a good mic selection, but what about all the mic accessories that can make or break a session? Joe Albano hails the unsung heroes of the studio cupboard.
Logic has tools to convert audio parts to MIDI data - a process that can be incredibly useful, if you know how to use it. Joe Albano explains exactly how it works.
What if you need to change not just the structure of a vocal sequence, but the intonation of individual words? Salvation is here in the form of iZotope RX7's Dialog Contour Module.
RX7 is capable of some amazing tricks, and isolating, separating and remixing audio sources is one of its most impressive. Joe Albano shows you how it's done.
This high-end large-diaphragm cardioid condenser inspired by the Ela M 251 has a serious pedigree, but how does it sound? Joe Albano put it to the test and was suitably impressed.
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