If you’re a guitar player, you know that lugging your amp around can get a bit tedious. Not to mention avoiding noise complaints when practicing can be tricky if you’re staying in a hotel or living in an apartment. When you wake up in the middle of the night with a great idea, you can’t just ignore it and go to sleep. You have to plug in and jam out—it’s a craving all artists and performers feel. When you have to be considerate of your neighbors, that can be a tricky midnight calling.
The idea of having additional horsepower available via external DSP to run whatever plugins you want might seem like an ideal solution for many modern recording engineers. However, computers have become extremely powerful and plugin developers are constantly improving their software to be more CPU efficient. The combination of these two things means that today’s computers can handle more audio plugins than ever before. So do you really need external DSP?
Justin Goldner‘s musical explorations have taken him around the world to 33 countries as a bassist, guitarist and producer, making music with the likes Sting, Ricky Martin, Macy Gray, Hugh Jackman, Steve Martin, Matisyahu, John Turturro (The Big Lebowski), Allison Williams (Girls), Donald Glover, Jesse McCartney, Emily Kinney (The Walking Dead), Jason Robert Brown and others, including his mentor, Meshell Ndegeocello.
Mixing is one of the most important parts of a song’s creation. You put enormous work into the recording process, used all the best gear, and now you’re left with a rough draft of the magic you came to make. With a plan of attack, you can mix your session in a few hours with great results. Use these seven mixing tips to help guide you down that path.
Those who live in the studio, perfecting their craft know that quality equipment can make a world of difference. Having the right microphones, the right compressor, and the right monitors are an essential aspect of any good recording. However, none of that matters if you don’t have a solid audio interface. A great interface can make a huge difference in sound quality.
We often hear people complain about virtual instruments saying they sound too digital. Some people avoid using them so their song has more authenticity to it. However, there comes a time where virtual instruments are needed. Maybe you felt something was missing and didn’t have the resources to record.
“In short, the Duet truly is a professional level audio interface. But it’s more than that; it’s somewhat future-proofing yourself. If we’re truly entering the post-PC era, then it’s time that we take our mobile devices seriously as equipment that is completely capable of (and in many cases preferred) producing incredible results that we’ve previously only seen in desktop machines. The Duet makes this possible, and right now it’s the only machine on the market of its caliber.”