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Recording Acoustic Guitar DI, And Making It Sound Good

Recording acoustic guitars using direct input doesn't always sound great, but with a few tricks you can make big improvements. Here, Rich Tozzoli shares his recording secrets.

5 Essential Tools For Mastering

Confused about mastering? Here are 5 essential things you will need to make your finished tracks sound their best.

Mastering In Pro Tools - Your Processing Options Explained

Will Pro Tools' own bundled plugs serve your mastering needs, or should you look further afield? Joe Albano is here to explain your options and which way you might want to go.

3 Ways Digital Audio Is Better Than Analog For Musicians - And 2 Ways It’s Not

Although digital recording is now commonplace, there’s still a vocal minority of musicians sticking with analog. But which is better? Here are 3 ways digital is superior, and 2 it's not.

Audio Fundamentals: What Is A Waveform Graph?

In a hurry? This 1-minute video from Joe Albano gives you the fundamentals of how audio waveforms work.

How To Set Up Sidechain Compression In FL Studio 20

Sidechain compression is quick and easy to set up in FL Studio 20. Here's how you can use it to get that classic pumping effect for basses and pads.

Ableton Live 10: Sidechain Any Parameter With Envelope Follower

The Envelope Follower In Ableton Live 10 is a powerful tool that can take your tracks to places you never expected - if you know how to use it. Here's Noah Pred to show you...

Pro Tools - The Mixer Demystified

Pro Tools doesn't have to be daunting! Check out this short video where Joe Albano explains how its mixer is laid out, how signal flows and how to customise it for your project needs.

How To Find The Sweet Spot For Your Studio Monitors

Almost every mix decision you make is based on information from your speakers. Here's how you should be positioning and spacing them - and yourself - for the perfect sweet spot.

How Cubase 10 Can Solve Your Latency Problems Once And For All

Latency can be the bane of your producer life, but Cubase 10 introduces a new feature that could make it a thing of the past. Here's how it works.

Make Your Drum Sessions Sound Bigger Through The Magic Of Plugins

Not everyone has access to a big studio, but by choosing the right plugins you can make any drum sessions sound bigger and punchier. Read on to see and hear how it's done.

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.

How Audio Editors Swapped Razor Blades For Waveforms

If you were recording before DAWs the chances are you had to be handy with a razor blade. But why? Joe Albano explains how some techniques have changed and others remain the same.

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.

How To Achieve Really Punchy Drum Tracks Using Doubled Up Compression

Drums, basses and other sounds can really shine and stand out when you apply the correct amount and type of compression. Joe Albano shows you how this works in practice.