September 24, 2016

Common EQ Mistakes (Part 1 – EQ in Context)

When it comes to EQ, there are two rules of thumb all music producers and audio engineers should welcome into the mixing workflow. 1. Carve in Context 2. When in doubt, leave the EQ out! The ways to apply EQ (equalization) to individual tracks, subgroups, and full mixes is a highly subjective concept. The use of EQ has hundreds of variables and should always be done “in context” or while listening to the entire mix as a whole. What Does Using EQ “In Context” Mean? The option to solo tracks while in the mix is both a blessing and a curse. When new to mixing it is common to click the solo bottom ad nauseam. While it can be “helpful” to isolate an element of the mix to hear it more clearly, so clearly that nothing else is playing (Laughter)! This is not the best approach for making “big picture” EQ decisions. Mixing in context is all about mixing individual […]
September 9, 2016
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Home Studio Monitor Placement Tips (Manual Calibration – Part 2)

Proper home studio monitor placement is vital to ensure a high standard of translation in music productions, mixes, and masters. Monitor placement is all dependant on the size of the room. It is vital to use monitors which are not too big or too small for the room dimensions. Knowing if your current monitors are best for you room can be tested with intensive critical listening. Learning how to calibrate the monitors (if that is an option), the room (with acoustic treatment), and your ears will be the focus of this article. We will also share an action plan for you to follow to get the most out of your home studio monitor position. Where should I have the monitors placed in the room? Home studio monitor placement should be in the form of an equilateral triangle. The aim is to have your head and the speakers at the same distance from one another. The equilateral triangle shape ensures the […]
September 3, 2016
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Home Studio Monitor Placement Tips (Room Awareness – Part 1)

Proper home studio monitor placement is vital to ensure a high standard of translation in music productions, mixes, and masters. There are several factors, which come into play when selecting, setting up, and calibrating studio monitors to best suit the mixing environment. Ideally, it is highly recommended to invest a legitimate acoustic treatment (purchased or meticulously built DIY) for all home studios of all sizes. Does room treatment make that much of a difference? So much so that a lack of adequate treatment and proper placement of said treatment can make even the most expensive monitors not translate well. Before jumping into speaking about monitors, placement, and calibration lets’s briefly cover the basics of acoustic treatment. We need first to address a few truths that most people want badly to ignore. We hope that you take this information to heart as the content is meant to share truth, and help recording artists, music producers, and audio engineers with their craft. The […]