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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Music Producers Guide To Reverb

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.

7 Classic Hardware Character EQs in Software

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.

5 Tips For Choosing The Right Studio Monitors

As every producer and engineer knows, a pair of monitors you can trust are essential when recording, mixing and mastering. Here's some things to bear in mind when choosing your next studio monitors.

5 Mistakes To Avoid When Recording Acoustic Guitar

So, you're recording acoustic guitar? Here's 5 timeless mistakes every musician, engineer and producer should avoid... along with solutions to each problem.

6 Things To Consider When Choosing The Right Audio Interface

There's lots of audio interfaces available for budget and professional musicians, producers and engineers. So, how do you go about choosing the right one for your needs? Joe Albano with the answers.

iZotope Neutron Review

iZotope's Neutron promises a leap forward in how we use software when mixing music and audio. There's been plenty of buzz about it since its announcement, but does it live up to expectations?

Best Practices For Sharing MIDI Files Between DAWs

If you're working between multiple DAWs it's fairly easy to transfer audio. But what about MIDI files? Joe Albano explains the how and why when sharing MIDI.

Review: Waves Tune Real Time

Waves Audio's Tune Real Time claims to provide no noticeable latency and excellent sonic results. A weighty promise that Joe Albano looks deeper into. Find out if it lives up to expectations?

Review: Aphex Exciter

Recording, mixing or mastering? Want to highlight the vocals or get your instruments to pop through the mix? An aural exciter like the Aphex Exciter might be what you need. Joe Albano checks it out.

7 Excellent Hardware Compressors

Without further ado here's seven of our favorite high-end, analog, hardware compressors. This list includes vintage models and some units that are out of production.

Fine Tuning Audio-to-MIDI in Logic Pro X

When you want your converted audio to MIDI tracks to really shine in Logic Pro X it pays to use some tried and tested tips and tricks. In this tutorial, Joe Albano shows you how.

Essential Guide to Backups for Modern Music Producers

It’s not fun, it’s not sexy, but maintaining a proper Backup routine is critical for every type of recording venture, from the biggest commercial rooms, to the smallest bedroom studios. 

7 Tools & Techniques To Make Recordings That Suck Sound Better

You've finished recording for your track, the talent has gone home... but, the recordings have glaring flaws. What can you do to fix them in post? Joe Albano explores 7 tools and techniques to help.

Mixing Snare Drums By Blending Multiple Microphones

Before you reach for your EQ and compression plugins to shape the sound of your snare drum consider adjusting the character by using multiple microphones and mixing those. It's a powerful way.

Pro Tools 12: Catching Up To HD

In days gone by there was a large difference between Pro Tools standard vs Pro Tools HD. Joe Albano explores the features Avid's current powerhouse DAW standard edition can brag about.