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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Review: Waves BSS DPR-402

Based on its hardware namesake from the 1980s, Waves have resurrected the DPR-402 dynamics processor as software. Does the plug-in keep the punchy compression character and versatility? Find out here.

5 Live Recording Mistakes To Avoid

Live recording—especially multitrack live recording—can present its own particular set of challenges, over and above the ones we normally face in the studio. Here's 5 live recording mistakes to avoid.

Music Theory & Production Tips: Creating Vocal Harmonies

There's more to creating good vocal harmonies than just using pitch shifting software. In this tutorial, Joe Albano takes us through the basic concepts and considerations you need to know.

Producer Tips: Creating Basslines for Beginners

If you're having trouble creating basslines, or want a fresh take, this tutorial explores useful concepts every producer should consider when creating a bassline, regardless of the musical style.

Review: Eventide Tverb

The new Tverb from Eventide uses three virtual microphones with the aim to simulate the reverb of a space. Each mic position can be adjusted and mixed. Joe Albano finds out how well this performs.

Dynamic vs Condenser Microphones: Conventional Wisdom Examined

A common question for recording musicians and engineers is whether to use a dynamic or condenser microphone. In this article, Joe Albano explores conventional advice to see whether they hold true.

5 Mistakes To Avoid When Using MIDI & Virtual Instruments

If you use virtual synths, samplers or hardware synths, it's likely you've been dabbling with MIDI. Perhaps without realizing it. Joe Albano outlines 5 mistakes to avoid to help get better results.

Music Studio Design Tip: Don’t Let the Bass Trip You Up

In this 6 minute video tutorial, Joe Albano explains how bass reflections in your music studio can cause problems with your productions and mixing decision making.

6 Tips for Vocal Editing

Tired of sloppy vocals? Here are several Tips on many of the various techniques for slicing & dicing vocal recordings to perfection by Joe Albano.

Beat Mapping in Logic Pro X

Beat mapping in Logic recently got a quiet (hush, hush) update in the recent Logic Pro X 10.2.1 update. The beat mapping algorithm appears to be better than ever. Joe Albano explores all the options.

5 Gain-Staging Mistakes To Avoid

At all stages of audio production it's important to ensure audio signals are at their optimum levels. Joe Albano explains 5 common gain staging mistakes many producers make and how to avoid them.

Mastering Mistake To Avoid: Don't Get Mixed Up With Mixing & Mastering

It's common these days for the same person to mix and master the same track. There are plenty of potential problems for engineers to take this approach though. Joe Albano explains one pitfall here.

Pro Tools 12: Not Afraid To Commit

In this tutorial Joe Albano explores 5 new features in Pro Tools 12, with an emphasis on the 3 new rendering features, Commit, Bounce Track, and Freeze (+ Trans. Clips & Batch Fades).

Review: Waves Abbey Road EMT Reverb Plates

The new Reverb Plates plugin from Waves uses state-of-the-art modeling of the 4 legendary EMT 140 reverb plates housed at Abbey Road Studios used on recordings by the Beatles. We put it to the test.

4 Signal Flow Mistakes To Avoid

In today's in-the-box digital music DAW, it's easy to make mistakes with signal flow. Here are four ways to get your signal flow in order and improve your recording, mixing and production process too.