December 30, 2016
retain dynamics in home mastering engineering projects

Retain Dynamics In Home Mastering Engineering (Part 1 – An Introduction)

Mixing and mastering are all about emotion. The goal is to capture the essence of a song with digital and analog tools which resonate with the message behind the music. The million dollar questions is… “How would a mastering engineering professional retain dynamics in home mastering engineering project?” In this multiple part blog and video blog series, we are going to study what veteran mastering engineering professionals are doing now, and have done in the past across all genres of music. In 2017 the lines from the past have blurred. There no longer exists separation in the multiple realms of the music production, creation, and finalization processes known as mastering. Once upon a time, just a decades ago, recording artists would have to save up a pretty penny just to get time in a studio. The recording studio process started with pre-production which eventually manifested into a tangible product know as a master. Fast forward the clock just about ten […]
December 22, 2016

Kick Drum Mixing

Kick drum mixing is one of the most complicated aspects of the mixing process. To be frank, mixing the low end in itself is the greatest challenge all engineers face because low frequencies move slower than mid range and top end frequencies. This problem expands when most engineers and producers are mixing in “less than ideal” rooms. Believe it or not, most home and project studios owners are hearing more of the room than the actual representation of the mix from the monitors. While room acoustics and design is an important topic, this is not the discussion for today. Mixing kick drums is all about the low end, or is it? Most music producers think that because the fundamental of most kick drums is between 88 and 100 Hz low-end adjustments, compression, and EQ is essential. While low-end focus and attention are imperative, it is also equally vital to focus mixing attention on the low mid range and mid range. […]
December 19, 2016

Plugin Review: SSL Duende Bus Compressor

The SSL Duende Bus Compressor is the most analog emulation for an SSL mix bus compressor plugin on the market. Though this Mix Bus Compressor has fierce competition in the mixing and mastering plugin market, it stands out for tone and the ability the represent analog character in the box. With companies like Cytomic, Slate Digital, Waves, IK Multimedia, Native Instruments, Universal Audio, and more there is a myriad of options available for all genres and at all price points. While all of these companies make excellent mixing and mastering plugins, we feel that the SSL Duende Bus Compressor plugin is the closest emulation to the analog hardware bus compressor. At The Continuum Music Studio, we have the X-Logic Bus Compressor by SSL which is the SSL recreation of the classic gray face Bus Compressor unit that is in just about every famous studio in the world. While it would be wonderful to have the vintage SSL at Continuum, we […]
December 2, 2016

Guitar Production: Detailed Tutorial

Guitar production and mixing are two essential phases of all rock, pop, and now EDM music. Understanding which EQ or compressor to grab will make a world of difference. Let’s dive into the wonderful world of API, Neve, Pultec and more! Guitar production and mixing are arts. Guitars, of all shapes and sizes, occupy a frequency range which is most sensitive to the human ear. For decades Rock n’ Roll music dominated the airwaves, and people loved the way guitars sounded, especially in the mix. In fact, those of us, like myself, who grew up on classic rock music learned to play the guitar at a young age. Now that I am in my 30’s and am a full-time professional mixing engineer, I often ask myself, “Was I drawn to play guitar in bands because the music I listened to put added emphasis on the guitar layers in the mix subconsciously?” Guitars, in rock music, are often as important as […]