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.
It's surprising how many producers stick with their DAWs built-in EQ plugin. There's no harm in it, but Joe Albano explains why just trying different EQ plugins results in different flavors...
Software compressors comes with a range of presets designed to be useful. But perhaps presets are more dangerous than they are helpful? Watch Joe Albano explain why you shouldn't rely on presets!
Music production rules are often there to be broken. Here are five essential mistakes to avoid when using delay-based plugins in your productions, along with extensive tips to do it right.
Setting up a multi-mic recording of a drum kit is complex, so it's no surprise that there are any number of things that can trip up an intrepid recordist. Here are 6 potential pitfalls to avoid.
If you're attempting to master music as a novice or as an experienced producer, this article details seven mistakes you should avoid... and how to approach the mastering process for better results.
One of the keys to a successful recording session is an optimized monitor mix for the recording musician. With the right balance you could transform an OK tracking session into something special.
The compressor is perhaps the most used of the dynamics (and other categories of) plug-in types when mixing and producing music for corrective & creative processing. Here's 6 mistakes to avoid.
The once simple sampled instrument has steadily been evolving and today these instruments are larger and more accurate and expressive than ever. Here's 6 tips for getting the most from them.
Stepping back and taking a break from your music project during the arrangement process can be priceless. Here's 5 other common mistakes to avoid when arranging your next song or piece of music.
CINEMORPHX from Sample Logic promises big things. We've been hands-on with it through the final weeks of its development and are mightily impressed with its sound design capabilities and flexibility.
CINEMORPHX from Sample Logic is powered by one of the most impressive Kontakt Player engines we've encountered. If you enjoy manipulating waveforms into otherworldly sounds you'll love this.
When programming drum patterns, especially if you're trying to emulate a live drum performance, there are some things you just shouldn't do. Here's five tips from Joe Albano to make your drums shine.
If you're on the lookout for large or tiny studio monitors, KRK have two new ROKIT's out in the form of the solid and clear 10-3 G3 and ROKIT 4 G3 (which is super compact). We put both to the test.
So you want to record electric guitars? Or perhaps you've been doing so for many years already. Here's 6 mishaps, pitfalls and errors to avoid to help you get better results.
iZotope RX5 is out. So how does the fifth iteration of the incredibly useful post-production, audio-clean up tool measure up to past versions? Joe Albano finds out in this in-depth review.
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