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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New Loudness Trends in Music Mastering

You may have heard of the Loudness Wars, but there's a whole new landscape emerging when it comes to levels. Joe Albano explains where the industry is heading.

9 Quick Mixing Tips

Mixing is that darkest of arts, and every project requires a different treatment. But Joe Albano is here to share his experience with these top mixing tips that you need to know.

A Producer’s Guide To Sidechain Processing

Sidechaining can be an invaluable tool for controlling and improving your mixes. Joe Albano explains everything you need to know about this core processing technique.

A Producer's Guide To Parallel Processing

Parallel processing is a key routing and mixing technique that every producer needs to know about. Joe Albano breaks down exactly how it works, and why it's important.

Review: MyMix Personal Monitor System

Monitor mixing for several musicians isn't always paid the attention it could be. With the MyMix Personal Monitor System, could Joe Albano have found the answer?

Review: Aston Spirit Microphone

Aston has made a name for itself with its innovative and affordable range of mics. But will the Spirit move Joe Albano? Read on to find out...

A Little Music Tech Knowledge Can Be A Dangerous Thing

When someone thinks they have a handle on a process but they actually don't, bad things can happen. Joe Albano advises you how to avoid some of the most common production pitfalls.

Assembling a Small Microphone Closet on a Budget

When choosing a microphone or mic collection for your studio, how do you know which route to take? Joe Albano shares his experience and offers up some wise words...

Music Production Tech: Flanging vs Phasing

Effects most commonly associated with the 60s and 70s, flanging and phasing are still very much in use in modern production. Joe Albano explains exactly how they work .

Managing Logic Pro X's Sample Libraries

Don't let Logic's large sample libraries eat up all your hard drive space. Joe Albano shows you how to store them more effectively while still retaining easy access to all your sounds.

Everything You Need To Know About The Cue Mix

Cue mixing is sometimes a bit of an afterthought in the recording process but it's actually vitally important to getting the best out of your performers. Joe Albano explains why.

Review: iZotope Neutron 2

With auto-mixing features and a wealth of other new tools and tricks, could iZotope's latest version of Neutron be just what the doctor ordered? Joe Albano gets into the fine detail.

Everything Producers Need To Know About Drum Maps

If drum maps seem confusing and mysterious, fear not! Joe Albano is here to demystify the ways in which different systems and setups deal with translating drums to your MIDI keyboard.

Signal Flow: Understanding Clip Gain in Pro Tools

Clip gain tools can be a more effective way to control specific changes in volume than using automation or compression. Joe Albano breaks down the advantages to its use in Pro Tools.

6 Acoustic Drum Plug-Ins Worth Exploring

Using a sample-based acoustic drum instrument can be a lot easier than recording a real drum kit. Joe Albano takes you through some of the best on the market.