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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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.

5 Essential Mixing Tips: Achieving Good EQ Tones

Whether you're DJing, mixing a live band, mixing or mastering in the studio, you'll have used EQ to shape and sculpt your sound. Joe Albano lends an ear and 5 tips on how to achieve good EQ tones.

Review: Samson C01U Pro USB Mic

It appears USB mics are now being accepted as potentially good recording solutions in many home studios. Does Samson's "budget" C01U Pro USB mic defy its price?

Exploring Logic Pro X's Compressor Circuit Types

Logic Pro's built-in compressor has a lot of sound shaping potential below the surface. Joe Albano reveals the ins and outs of its circuit types.

Create Super Sounds with Logic Pro X's Patch-Merging Options

If you've ever wanted to combine the best bits of two different patches in Logic Pro X and thought it wasn't possible, think again! Joe Albano shows how.

6 Tips For Studio Monitoring

You can have the most awesome recording gear and mixing plug-ins in the world, but what's the point if your studio monitors are not up to scratch. Joe Albano shares 6 tips for effective monitoring.

Pro Tools Tip: Understanding The Different Playhead and Selection Behaviors

If you're switching between DAWs frequently, or migrating a project to Pro Tools, you can customise the playhead and selection behaviors, so you'll always feel comfortable when editing.

5 Tips for Working with Pro Tools Eleven Guitar Amp Simulator

Grab your guitar, launch Pro Tools and get the Eleven plug-in on screen now! Joe Albano takes us through 5 meaty tips for using this excellent guitar amp simulator from Avid.

Review: XILS 3 v2.0 (VCS 3 Modular Synth Recreation)

French company XILS, in what must truly be a labor of love, has resurrected the VCS 3 modular synth, as the XILS 3, Joe Albano takes a deep look at their recent v2 update, now the XILS 3.2.

6 Tips for Making Digital Sound Analog (Analog Warmth From Software Plug-Ins)

The deeper we delve into the digital direction for music production, the more we seem to crave that analog, unpredictable, warm treatment for our sounds. Joe Albano shares 6 ways to achieve this.

Discovering Distortion in Logic Pro X

Originally viewed as a problem, distortion is now one of the most used creative effects in music productions. Joe Albano adds some warmth and crunch to the proceedings in this enlightening tutorial.

Review: Tascam UH-7000

Being a regular audio interface is only half of what Tascam's UH-7000 offers. It’s also a high-quality dual mic preamp, with Phantom Power. Joe Albano discovers how well it performs on both counts.

Creating Stereo From Mono Tracks In Logic Pro X

Most times you'll record instruments in mono to a single channel, but sometimes you may want to beef these up in the mix and create stereo versions. Here's how, in Logic Pro X.