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.
A good drum mix can make the difference between a good track and successful track. In this tutorial, Joe Albano shares four timeless tips to help you achieve a better drums and percussion mix.
With all the attention lavished on both the technical and creative uses for compression in the studio, we sometimes forget about the other kind of dynamics processor'"the Gate/Expander.Â Here's 4 tips.
Latency. The bane of every recording musician and producer. But it doesn't have to be a battle when adding plug-ins like delay and reverb that add latency thanks to as plug-in delay compensation.
Logic X's Smart Controls provide a tremendous customizable interface that mean you no longer need to have multiple plug-ins open to control them. But they do a whole lot more as Joe Albano explains.
If you use dynamics processors for corrective or functional purposes only you might be missing out on their creative use to control transients. Joe Albano is show you how to tame those dynamics now.
MIDI. There's a lot of musicians and producers who don't know how to use this protocol to improve their musical performances and add more expression to their instruments. Let's take a closer look.
Logic Pro X comes with a substantial collection of virtual synths'"from basic, traditional analog and digital models, to big, powerful kitchen-sink instruments that employ cutting-edge technologies.
When it comes to mixing vocals, the devil is in the details'"here are 5 mistakes to avoid when blending vocal tracks into an arrangement.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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