AudioRecording Blog Complete Reader’s Guide

Chapter 23: Recording drums

1.) Recording drums in multitrack using REAPER
2.) Recording drums using 4 microphones with stereo output
3.) Recording and mixing drums using only two microphones
4.) How to record a cajon/acoustic percussion drum box
5.) Superior drummer 2.0 vs a Real drum kit

Chapter 24: Recording Electronic Piano and MIDI

1.) Using a direct box when recording electronic piano keyboards
2.) Reaper MIDI and virtual instrument tutorial

Chapter 25: Digital Audio Editing Techniques

1.) Best practices on digital audio editing for beginners
2.) Editing audio files: Destructive vs Non-destructive editing
3.) Remove noise in recordings: Adobe Audition Example
4.) Pitch correction tutorial illustration using Adobe Audition and Audacity
5.) Volume automation tutorial using REAPER
6.) How to remove vocals from a song using Adobe Audition or Audacity?
7.) How to implement mp3 audio watermarking and benefits
8.) MP3 to music sheet converter
9.) Some information on doing upsampling

Unit 5: Audio Mixing

Chapter 26: Basic Preparation on Digital Audio Mixing

1.) How to make your digital recordings to be compatible with any DAW for mixing
2.) Check MP3 and WAV file integrity using MD5 checksum for quality control
3.) Mixing: In the box vs Out of the box
4.) Why you should not mix using headphones
5.) Ear training development exercises for audio mixing
6.) How to take care of your ear during audio mixing
7.) Can you achieve quality audio mix using only free plugins?

Chapter 27: Overview of the Basic Audio Mixing Principles

1.) The art of two dimensional audio mixing: front and back
2.) Audio mixing tips and secrets a professional audio mixer won’t tell
3.) Tips to make your mix translate better to different audio systems
4.) How to apply reverb to a mix properly
5.) Mixing rock music tips and how to make your recordings sounds heavy and thicker
6.) Creating realistic stereo image with panning
7.) Reaper FX Chain Tutorial

Chapter 28: Mixing Vocals

1.) Tips on how to mix vocals and put some effects like a professional
2.) How to mix background vocals
3.) Mixing choir vocals in live music
4.) Adding reverb to vocals: Best practices
5.) Vocal distortion effects

Chapter 29: Mixing Guitars and Bass

1.) Tips in mixing electric guitars
2.) Guitar EQ mixing for rock, country and pop music
3.) How to pan acoustic or electric guitar in the mix
4.) Mixing clean guitar and applying reverb tips
5.) How to mix baritone guitar tips and techniques
6.) Reaper guitar effects and amp modeling
7.) Lead guitar mixing tips for rock instrumental music
8.) Tips in mixing bass guitar like a pro

Chapter 30: Mixing Drums

1.) How to pan drum instruments
2.) Kick drum EQ settings and compression
3.) Snare drum: EQ, compression and panning
4.) Drum frequencies of different parts of the drum
5.) Mixing cymbals and hi-hats
6.) Mixing conga: EQ, panning and compression
7.) Drum mixing tips and techniques for modern rock music
8.) Add realism and natural sound to your sequenced drum beats

Chapter 31: Audio Mixing of Orchesta and other percussion instruments

1.) Mixing horns, trumpets, trombone and saxophone
2.) Tips on mixing violin for classical and pop music projects
3.) How to mix piano keyboards
4.) Symphony orchestra panning and reverb settings
5.) Notion 3 music notation software review
6.) Notion 3 mixer console tutorial

Chapter 32: General EQ Mixing Tips

1.) Complete EQ settings to start when doing audio mixing
2.) How to mix frequencies for best sound
3.) Musical instrument frequency range analysis
4.) EQ best practices in audio mixing

Chapter 33: Tips in attaining clarity in studio and live sound mixing

1.) Improve musical clarity of live band practice and rehearsal
2.) How to mix audio for perfect clarity and space
3.) Developing wide stereo ambiance sound in your recording
4.) Audio compression tips for mixing
5.) REAPER aux send: setting reverb and parallel compression

Chapter 34: Preparing for the Audio Mixdown

1.) Mix bus compression for a tighter mixdown: Illustrated using Waves Rcomp compressor
2.) What is analog summing mixer
3.) Correct audio mixing levels and headroom in preparation for mastering
4.) The art of remixing

Unit 6: Digital Audio Mastering

Chapter 35: Basic Introduction to Mastering

1.) Digital audio music mastering process tutorial
2.) Can audio mastering save a bad mix?
3.) Tips in mastering audio at home
4.) Audio mastering using free software or plugins

Chapter 36: Audio Mastering EQ

1.) EQ settings for mastering
2.) Finding instrument frequencies using notch filtering method
3.) Using parametric EQ to find the sweet spot
4.) Attaining frequency balance in audio mastering

Chapter 37: Multiband compression in audio mastering

1.) Multiband compression tutorial using Waves linear phase multiband
2.) How to use reference tracks when mastering using multiband compressor
3.) Audio mastering with Audacity using C3 multiband compressor

Chapter 38: Making your masters loud while preserving dynamics

1.) How to create a radio friendly mix or master: broadcast ready
2.) True measurement of quality loudness in audio mastering
3.) How to maximize volume in audio recording
4.) Tips on making your masters sound loud and big using Waves LinEQ and L2 Ultramaximizer
5.) DIY and quick audio mastering techniques
6.) REAPER audio statistics and volume plugin
7.) Loudness war examples

Chapter 39: Dithering and Sample Rate Conversion

1.) How to use dithering and sample rate conversion during mastering?
2.) Dithering and sample rate conversion before MP3 encoding: A Study

Chapter 40: Audio Mastering Illustrations

1.) Mastering with Cool Edit Pro/Adobe Audition
2.) Quick Audio mastering with REAPER
3.) Cheer music mixes review in mastering
4.) Mastering tips of Electronic/Disco/French House Music

Chapter 41: Audio CD production, Backup and Delivery

1.) How to make a CD master that complies with red book audio CD standard
2.) Characterizing a professionally mastered CD
3.) Recommendations on choosing a CD burner/writer and media for audio mastering
4.) Tips on burning music to audio CD
5.) How to digitally remaster your analog masters
6.) ISRC registration and application
7.) Frequently asked questions regarding ISRC
8.) How to embed and read ISRC codes of MP3 files?
9.) How will you prepare your master recording for delivery to your client
10.) How to preserve and backup your sound recording masters for long term

Chapter 42: Tips on creating and working with a demo

1.) Recording a demo CD for an artist
2.) How to make your own vocal-acoustic guitar demo at home?
3.) Understanding your genre in creating the demo: Illustrated using country music
4.) Audio samples for audio mixing practice
5.) REAPER DAW file management tips
6.) Tips to make broadcast quality recordings
7.) 54 Tips on how you can improve the sound quality of your demo
8.) Doing a music production review example

Unit 7: Linux/Ubuntu Music Production

Chapter 43: System Setup

1.) How to install Ubuntu with Windows 7/XP operating system for music production
2.) Installation of Firewire audio interface in Ubuntu: Illustrated using Saffire Pro40
3.) Troubleshooting no sound problem of Firewire audio interface in Ubuntu
4.) How to set your Firewire audio interface as default sound device in Ubuntu
5.) How to add, install and use plugins with Ardour

Chapter 44: Creating Music

1.) How to record music in Linux using Audacity with a PCI soundcard
2.) Record streaming Youtube music in Ubuntu using JACK and Ardour
3.) Starting Ardour and JACK sound server in Ubuntu
4.) Ardour mixing tutorial
5.) Installing Autotalent plugin in Audacity
6.) Working with EQ plugins with Audacity and Ardour

Unit 8: Music Publishing and Marketing

Chapter 45: Songwriting Tips

1.) 6 most proven hit songwriting tips
2.) Tips on becoming a professional songwriter with a home studio

Chapter 46: The Business Aspect of Songwriting

1.) Songwriter guide on the business aspect of songwriting
2.) How to publish a song?
3.) Tips on submitting a song to an artist
4.) 5 common indie music business myths-debunked
5.) How to organize your music catalog?

Chapter 47: Music Copyrights and Asking Permission to use Music

1.) Copyright mistakes to avoid
2.) Understanding the sound recording copyright registration process
3.) How to submit sound recording copyright application properly
4.) How to perform a song copyright search?
5.) how to get permission to use copyrighted music?
6.) How to record cover songs? The legality and checklist
7.) When does music fall into the public domain

Chapter 48: Music Rights and Licensing

1.) What is the difference between a music publisher and a music library
2.) Guide on purchasing, buying and selling song rights
3.) What is a mechanical licensing agreement?
4.) Important information pertaining to public performance music licensing
5.) Music rights for film
6.) Ring back tone music licensing guide
7.) Licensing music guide in Karaoke machine business
8.) Podcast music licensing guide
9.) Typical music licensing fees and cost for different projects
10.) Example Music Licensing agreement and Indemnification clauses

Chapter 49: Marketing your Music

1.) Some beginner guide on marketing your music online
2.) How to release a digital album online?
3.) How to sell your music or songs in iTunes?
4.) Using Youtube to improve your online music presence
5.) How to get signed to a record label and make money with your music
6.) Earning sound recording royalties using SoundExchange
7.) Tips on using SoundCloud in your music marketing
8.) How to promote your music website?

Content last updated on October 15, 2012