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.
Modelled virtual (and some physical) instruments have gone from strength to strength. Here are seven of the most authentic-sounding ones around today.
Re-amping can lend grit, warmth and authenticity to any recorded sound, not just guitars. Joe Albano explains your options if you decide to go down the software or hardware route.
Microphones come with many different polar patterns and understanding these can be key to getting a great recording. Joe Albano breaks down which ones to use, and when.
Stereo mic'ing can add depth and vitality to your productions. Joe Albano explains the various different techniques and which ones you should use.
You can often save money when you buy a bundle of plugins rather than collecting them individually. Here are some of the best collections around today.
Different playing modes can affect the way your performances sound. Joe Albano breaks down how mono and legato modes work in modern instruments.
The sound of tape can lend warmth and authenticity to your tracks. Here's how to get the analog effect using digital tools.
KRK's studio monitors are known for their striking design. But do the new V8 S4 models sound as good as they look? Joe Albano finds out.
There's no doubting the joy of using a real hardware synthesizer. The tactile controls are difficult to beat. But when it comes to sound these 7 virtual synths more than hold their own.
iZotope Neutron brings intelligent analysis and automatic mixing functions to the mixing process. Here we look at the Masking Meter in this new plugin which solves frequency masking issues.
If you're looking for an audio interface with Thunderbolt 2 connectivity, low-latency performance, advanced I/O and excellent sound quality then the Focusrite Red 4Pre should be known to you.
Waves promise their new plugin will give you vintage warmth of vinyl records played on classic turntables and needles. It's a precise model of Abbey Road Studios’ vinyl cutting and playback gear.
If you're looking to understand reverb, the various types and their ideal uses in your mixes, then you're in the right place. Joe Albano is here to explain all this and more.
The beauty of analog music hardware, especially EQs, is the unique character they can impart on your mixes. Fortunately, there's a number of faithful emulations in the plug-in world. Here's 7 for you.
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