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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Working with Pro Tools’ Xpand!2 Virtual Instrument

There's not many (any?) virtual instruments with an exclamation mark in their name. But that's not the reason Xpand!2 sample playback/synth deserves your attention. Joe Albano takes you deep into it.

Mixing Tips: How to Match EQ in Logic Pro

Logic Pro X has an arsenal of useful tools and plug-ins for mixing and sound design. The Match EQ is perhaps one of the less well-known "fixing" tools that does what it suggests, and does it well!

Mixing Tips: Understanding Multiband Compression

If you want to compress different frequencies of an audio signal you'll want to use a multiband compressor. Joe Albano explains the how and shows practical examples of multiband compression in action.

The Art of Mixing Rock, Part 5: Vocals

In part 5 of 5, veteran rocker and music technologist, Joe Albano, examines how best to treat lead and background vocals when mixing your next rock anthem.

Review: Waves TG12345

Waves recently updated their excellent Abbey Road bundle with a modeled version of the EMI TG solid state console, the TG12345. Joe Albano gives this plug-in version a thorough examination.

Mastering Music: Achieving Loudness Without Ruining Dynamics

The Loudness Wars continue to rage. Some might say they've been won by the "loud as possible" group. But making your tracks louder need not ruin the dynamics as Joe Albano explains in detail.

The Art of Mixing Rock, Part 4: Keys

In this 5-part series, veteran rocker and music technologist, Joe Albano, takes you through the stages for mixing rock music. In part four it's time to bring on the keys and synths.

Conforming Imported Audio To Session Tempo In Pro Tools

It's easy as pie to automatically match audio to the session tempo in Ableton Live, but it's possible to do this manually in Pro Tools as well. Joe Albano shows how to make it automatic!

The Art of Mixing Rock, Part 3: Guitars

In part 3 of this 5-part series, veteran rocker and music technologist, Joe Albano, shares his take on mixing rock guitars.

The Art of Mixing Rock, Part 2: Bass

In this 5-part series, veteran rocker and music technologist, Joe Albano, takes you through the stages for mixing rock music. Part two focuses on mixing bass.

The Art of Mixing Rock, Part 1: Drums

In this 5-part series, veteran rocker and music technologist, Joe Albano, takes you through the stages for mixing rock music. Part one focuses on mixing rock drums and percussion.

Mastering: How Referencing the Real World Can Make Your Music Stand Out

When it comes down to it, "louder" isn't necessarily the only aspect of mastering you should be concerned with. Joe Albano explains why referencing other similar tracks is so important.

Pro Tools Tip: Sharing Between Sessions

What can you do when you want, or need, to bring something from one Pro Tools session to another? Joe Albano explores how to share between sessions in this must-know article.

Review: Allen & Heath Qu-24 Digital Mixer

Are you in the market for a compact, feature-rich digital mixer? Joe Albano finds out if the Allen & Heath Qu-24 can be the heart of any small studio.

Get that Vintage Analog Sound in Your Digital Studio

With Waves' Abbey Road Collection of unique hardware emulation plug-ins under his arm, Joe Albano shows you how to give your digital productions that analog element you didn't realize was missing.