October 29, 2016
5 common eq mistakes continuum music studio

Common EQ Mistakes (Part 2 – When In Doubt Leave It Out)

To avoid common EQ mistakes, do your best to educate yourself on the “rules” of EQ so that you can break these rules in creative ways! The best advice we can give you (in our eyes this is the golden rule), from personal experience, is simple: When in doubt, leave the EQ out! How do I leave the EQ out? There are a plethora of ways to mix layers without using EQ. Here is a short list of perspectives you can apply and adapt to your workflow to expand your palette of processing techniques: 1. Use a DeEsser the reduce high-end resonance 2. Use a compressor to smooth out tracks that feel like certain frequencies are poking out in unpleasant ways 3. Use expanders to tighten tracks and remove resonances 4. Use multiband saturation to change the contour and tone of bands 5. Use multiband transient designers or compressors to remove unpleasant regions 6. Use delay to mask frequencies 7. […]
September 9, 2016
home studio monitor

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
Home Studio Monitor

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 […]
February 12, 2016

Glossary of Music Production Terms

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MIDI to Audio: A Secret To Studio Success!

September 22, 2015

5 Most Vital Things To Do At The Start Of A New Mixing Project