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AOTD: DSD November 23, 2009

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We haven’t done one of these in awhile –

DSD: Direct Stream Digital (more…)

Book Review: Sound Reinforcement Handbook November 9, 2009

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In my opinion, this book is a must-buy for any audio engineer, whether you are in live sound, studio recording, etc.  This book is also known by names like “The Yamaha Book” (and similar names), as this was originally written for Yamaha.

What? A technical book written in 1987 (last updated in 1990) is a necessity??

Answer – yes!  This book is chock full o’ great information.  Although it is technically (more…)

Tis’ the Season to Upgrade Your Home Studio! November 7, 2009

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digital home recording studios, Project Studio, Studio Setup , 2comments

…so the holidays aren’t here for over a month, but now is a good time to start deciding on what new studio goodies you’ll be looking for.

Upgrading your recording setup is a very tricky and important process.  Spending the right amount of money on the right piece(s) of gear can be daunting.  The last thing you need is to be in debt on a piece of gear that you don’t actually need or to get an awesome deal on an insignificant upgrade. (more…)

Basic Pro Tools Troubleshooting November 6, 2009

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digidesign, Pro Tools, Troubleshooting , 6comments

If you multiply the number of Pro Tools versions by the number of operating system versions available, that equals a HUGE number of potential bugs and problems.  Add in plug-ins, additional hardware/software, and user preferences, and the number of potential Pro Tools problems skyrockets.  Even a simple bug can stop a session dead in its tracks.  Knowing how to identify and fix problems will help you keep your sessions running and your clients (and yourself!) happy.

While this article is aimed mostly at Pro Tools users, the general troubleshooting concepts apply to any other DAW out there.

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Mixing 101: The Mute Button November 5, 2009

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digital Audio Workstations, Mixing, Project Studio , 2comments

To make great mixes, you need great ears and knowledge of your processing gear/plug-ins – but one of the most simple and most important mixing processes comes in the form of the mute button.  In my opinion, the mute button is often more important than any plug-in, whether its the Compressimaxer 40000 that cost $5,000 or a simple DigiRack plug-in. (more…)

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