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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5 Tips For Mixing & Mastering With Waves SSL 4000 Bundle

The original SSL consoles were the sound of '80s & '90s pop and rock. The Waves SSL 4000 collection brings the 4000 E & G consoles to software and we've compiled 5 tips to help you get the most from i

Logic Pro X: How to get the Classic Vocoder (singing synth) Effect

The vocoder can be heard on many hit records by artists like ELO, Kraftwerk and Daft Punk. In this comprehensive tutorial, Joe Albano, shows how to create your own vocoder effects in Logic Pro X.

Understanding Audio-to-MIDI in Logic Pro X

Logic Pro X has two primary ways to convert audio into MIDI. In this tutorial Joe Albano explores how to use the Audio-to-MIDI conversion, how flex pitch is involved and shares tricks along the way.

8 Mistakes to Avoid When Producing Music

So you're ready to record, mix and master that song/album/soundtrack? Joe Albano is here to ensure you don't succumb to any common pitfalls during the process. These tips should help...

6 Mistakes to Avoid When Recording Vocals

Recording vocals is arguably easier than recording a drum kit, but there are still common mistakes to avoid when laying down vocal tracks or recording vocal talent. Here's six things to bear in mind.

From Auto-Tune to Flex Pitch: The Highs & Lows of Pitch Correction Plug-Ins in the Modern Studio

"Auto-Tune" is ubiquitous with pitch corrected pop vocals. But pitch correction processors can be used both creatively and to correct performance errors. Joe Albano delves deep into the main players.

10 Tips for Getting More From Waves CLA Signature Series

The CLA (Chris Lord-Alge) Signature Series from Waves is probably one of their most impressive bundles. And, despite the simple and easy to use plug-ins included, there's lots of tips to be found.

Create an ’80s Analog Hard-Sync Sound in Logic Pro X Retro Synth

Logic Pro’s Retro Synth emulates the sound of four classic synthesizer types: traditional Analog; analog (Hard) Sync; digital Wavetable; and digital FM. In this tutorial Joe Albano explores Hard Sync.

Mixing 101: Techniques for Starting the Mix Process

So, you've finished recording and arranging your song, and you're ready to mix. Don't feel daunted if you're wondering where to start. Joe Albano shares his tips on how to approach the mixing stage.

Review: Cerwin-Vega P1000X Powered Speaker

If you're in the market for a loud, clean, compact speaker system for your next live performance or for a venue, then the Cerwin-Vega P1000X speakers will grab your attention as Joe Albano finds out.

7 Mistakes To Avoid When Setting Up Studio Monitors

Correctly setting up studio monitors is crucial to ensure your audio productions aren't awash with problems. In this enlightening read, Joe Albano discusses 7 things which can be avoided.

The World of Alternative MIDI Controllers

From Keytars, to MIDI guitars, wind controlled to V-Drums, there's a world of unusual MIDI controllers out there, that go beyond your usual buttons and keys. Joe Albano explores notable alternatives.

Recording Electric Bass: 10 Quick Tips & Techniques For Capturing The Low End

Recording electric bass can be more straightforward than drums or guitar, but there are still potential issues that can trip you up. Here's 10 tips & techniques to help you capture the low end.

5 Tips For Working With Heavyocity’s AEON Collection

Heavyocity's AEON has loops and sounds that are ready to roll into your productions. However, should you want to give them a further twist there's plenty of scope using the filters and effects.

A Beginner’s Guide to Automation in Pro Tools

Automation is an effective way to add interest to your productions in Pro Tools. Being able to alter volume, panning and plug-in controls will allow you to truly sculpt an engaging piece of music.