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When/What to upgrade? Part 1 January 28, 2009

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digital home recording studios, Project Studio, Studio Setup , add a comment

As a home/project studio owner, upgrades and equipment purchases need to be as effective as possible (as we often don’t have the biggest of budgets…).  Knowing when to upgrade and what piece of gear (or software) to upgrade first can be a huge benefit.


Using Automation in DAWs – Part 1 November 20, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digital Audio Workstations, Project Studio, Studio Setup , 3comments

Automation is arguably one of the most advantageous features in Digital Audio Workstations (whether it be Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, etc…)

Complete control over ANY parameter of of any channel, plug-in, effect, aux (etc) is an incredible tool.  Many of us who started after the days of 2″ machines through big boards (myself included) don’t really have a grasp of what it was like before the days of full automation.

Here are some suggestions on structuring your workflow around automation as well as some commonly used techniques. (more…)

Line 6 GearBox Gold Bundle: First Impressions August 19, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : plugins (plug-ins), Reviews, Studio Setup , 2comments

Well, I jumped for the GearBox Gold Bundle when it dropped to 100$. Originally up near $500+, it seemed like too good of a deal to pass up. I wasn’t completely happy with the Amplitube demos that came with my Pro Tools setup, so this seemed like a safe upgrade. Registering/getting this to work wasn’t the simplest thing in the world, but once that’s done, its a great product.


Battling a Large Body of Water: Part 2 August 12, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Acoustics, Microphone Techniques, Studio Setup , 2comments

Setting up mics on a drum kit in a converted basement is a bit of a nightmare (with of course the end result being that we want it to sound like we didn’t record it in a basement). Unfortunately, its a nightmare than many of us will go through at least once (if not many times) in our lifetime. (more…)

Review: Sontronics Microphones August 8, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Project Studio, Reviews, Studio Setup , 3comments

Sontronics sent The Studio Files some microphones for review.

I cannot wait until their brand becomes more widely distributed in the US.


Coming soon… June 10, 2008

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Just thought I’d give a heads up of what is coming up for thestudiofiles.com


Video: Automating tempo changes in Logic Pro April 24, 2008

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This is just like the Pro Tools video on automating tempo tracks, except now I show you how to make tempo changes in Logic Pro. (more…)

Review: Violet Designs microphones- Some Serious Bang for Your Microphone Buck April 22, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Project Studio, Reviews, Studio Setup , 12comments

Recently, Violet Designs sent The Studio Files three microphones for review: the Black Knight, the Finger, and the Flamingo Jr. All three of these microphones are a great buy for the home or project studio. I will talk about each microphone individually, and then at the bottom you will find all the audio examples I recorded with the mics. (more…)

ART Tube MP Mic Pre-amp for cheap March 20, 2008

Posted by PJ in : Digital home recording studios, Preamp, Studio Setup , add a comment

The ART Tube MP Mic Pre-amp that Connor wrote about in this article is now available at Musicians Friend for the awesome price of $29.99. Here’s the details:

The original Tube MP made pro-caliber tube preamping available to ordinary musicians and home studios. The MP Studio goes a step further by adding a VU meter for better level control and ART’s OPL (Output Protection Limiter), which controls and maintains the output peak signal to protect hard-disk recording systems and soundcards. The VU meter reflects the impact of the OPL circuitry when it is activated, which allows more effective fine tuning of the audio signal. It is a valuable tool for recording in project and home studios and can also function as a DI box with impedance matching and preamplification for line-level sources. Includes a 3-year warranty.

More details, specifications and reviews are available here.


Sending Large Files over the Internet March 17, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Computers, General Announcements, Studio Setup , 2comments

PJ’s post gave me the idea to share my experience with sending large files of the internet (Thank’s PJ!).  If you need to send session files, wavs, other sound files, omf interchange files, etc… over the internet, its unlikely your email provider will let you attach such large files (plus you will clog the receiver’s inbox).  Here are the two ways I like to send files. (more…)

Celemony previews Direct Note Access March 13, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : General Announcements, plugins (plug-ins), Studio Setup , 4comments

Wow.  Everyone should watch the video link I have posted at the end of this article.

Celemony’s Melodyne plug-in has helped define pitch correction in recent years, but only for monophonic sources.  The new Direct Note Access technology lets you manipulate audio from polyphonic sources.  Yes, you heard right.  Polyphonic audio.  Guitar tracks, piano tracks, string quartets, you name it.   Where Pro Tools made it possible to edit the timing of audio like MIDI (with the very powerful Elastic Audio), Celemony lets you dissect audio’s pitch like MIDI through Direct Note Access. (more…)

First Impressions: Acoustica Mixcraft 4 March 12, 2008

Posted by PJ in : Digital Audio Workstations, GarageBand, Studio Setup , 1 comment so far

PJ here, I am going to give you my first impressions of Acoustica Mixcraft 4 (aka Garageband for Windows)

Acoustica has recently released version 4 of their Mixcraft music creation software. You can download an unlimited 7 day trial of the program here. Once the 46 MB download is finished and installed you will be greeted with the New Project dialog screen: (more…)

Video: Grouping Tracks in Pro Tools LE March 11, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Pro Tools, Studio Setup, Videos , 1 comment so far

This video will show you how to group tracks in Pro Tools LE. Grouping tracks together makes both editing and mixing either. Also, like in the Logic Pro video on grouping tracks, I will show you how to turn groups on and off.


Studio Pro Files: Encore Studios March 10, 2008

Posted by Ben Rivet in : Digital home recording studios, Project Studio, Studio Profiles, Studio Setup , 2comments

Hey All.

Your Man about Town here, bringing you more from the studio world. We are continuing our sweep of the mid-west with a stop in Dayton, OH. We had a chance to sit down with Bill Sellers, owner of Encore Studios. Bill has been cranking out projects for clients all over the country, ranging from rock, classical, and jazz, to voice overs, jingles, and promotional videos. Bill gave us a tour of his space and showed us his gear. We also got to chat about some of the projects he has done over the years and what he is currently working on. Awesome music, cool studio, and a lot of great stories. (more…)

Upgrade My Studio: Part 1 March 10, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Project Studio, Studio Setup, Troubleshooting , add a comment

When you have the opportunity to upgrade your studio, there are a lot of options. You could get a new computer, an new audio interface or sound card, mics, preamps, monitors, converters, cables, and plug-ins–the list is endless. So how do you decide which parts of your set up will give you the greatest benefit if you commit to investing more money? Every decision like this is unique, and needs to be approached thoughtfully and pragmatically. To help out, I am going to post some common studio “issues”, and some possible solutions.


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