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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The Best Studio Front End Recording Channels

An increasingly popular alternative to using chains of hardware boxes, the all-in-one channel strip or recording channel can save space and money, and sound great. Joe Albano sets out your options.

Multiband Compression: What It Is & Why It’s Useful

Multiband compression can be one of the lesser-understood types of processing but used correctly, it's one of the most powerful ways to control a mix. Joe Albano explains how and when to use it.

Expanding Your Audio Interface (Without Buying A New One!)

If you have ever wondered what those extra ports on your audio interface are for, look no further for an explanation. Joe Albano reveals how you could get more I/O without lifting a finger.

Review: Avid Complete Plug-in Bundle for Pro Tools

Avid has bundled almost all its virtual instruments and effects into Pro Tools Ultimate, and other Pro Tools users can get it fairly affordably too. But should you take the plunge?

A Beginner's Guide To Audio & Music Studio Connections

If you've ever been confused by the terminology around studio connections - TRS, S/PDIF, MegaOhms and more - then worry not. Joe Albano is here to make everything clear.

Logic Pro X Reverb Shootout: ChromaVerb vs Space Designer

Logic's bundled reverb processors are among the best in the business. But which one should you choose? Joe Albano shares his thoughts...

A Producer's Guide To Programming Realistic Bass Lines

Software instruments can make authentic-feeling and sounding bass parts, but you'll need to know a few programming tricks. Joe Albano shares his secrets...

The Accessories Your Recording Microphones Will Thank You For

We all know the importance of having a good mic selection, but what about all the mic accessories that can make or break a session? Joe Albano hails the unsung heroes of the studio cupboard.

Converting That Audio Melody to MIDI in Logic Pro X

Logic has tools to convert audio parts to MIDI data - a process that can be incredibly useful, if you know how to use it. Joe Albano explains exactly how it works.

Understanding iZotope RX7s Dialog Contour Module

What if you need to change not just the structure of a vocal sequence, but the intonation of individual words? Salvation is here in the form of iZotope RX7's Dialog Contour Module.

Isolating, Separating & Remixing Using iZotope RX7 Music Rebalance Module

RX7 is capable of some amazing tricks, and isolating, separating and remixing audio sources is one of its most impressive. Joe Albano shows you how it's done.

Review: Roswell Pro Audio Colares Microphone

This high-end large-diaphragm cardioid condenser inspired by the Ela M 251 has a serious pedigree, but how does it sound? Joe Albano put it to the test and was suitably impressed.

5 Timeless Tips For Music Producers Mastering In The Box

Joe Albano shares his years of experience of mastering all kinds of music and brings you five essential tips to make your in-the-box masters really shine.

Mastering The New Sends Features In Logic Pro X 10.4.2

Logic Pro's mixing capabilities just got a whole lot more flexible with the new Sends features available in the 10.4.2. update. Joe Albano shows you why they will make your life easier.

Review: EastWest SPACES II

Impulse Response reverbs can bring the sound of real world locations to your tracks. Joe Albano checks out SPACES II, the latest IR plugin reverb from EastWest.