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50 Must-Read Pro Audio Articles from 2012

 

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Posted on December 20th, 2012. Written by Dan Comerchero.

ProAudioFiles.com

2012 went by so fast. Every year goes by fast. Only minutes and hours go by slow. I spent most of my days freelancing for a great audio software company, while simultaneously exercising my inherent need to build and promote my own products. I’d prefer the world didn’t end. The world didn’t end.
I want to thank the brilliant contributors who made this blog possible in 2012: Matthew WeissRob Schlette, Randy Coppinger, Mike MoschettoSam O’Sullivan and Chris Conover.
To close out the year, I thought I’d curate compile some great articles for you. Because who doesn’t love a good list post? I reached out to some of my favorite bloggers to get their most popular articles from 2012. Enjoy and have a great year.

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Dan-O Deckelman   Snake Oil Recording. 

Building Your Mix: It's Not Just From The Kick

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Building Your Mix: It’s Not Just From The Kick

Many musicians new to mixing are not aware that there are a number of places that you can build a mix from. There’s a general feeling that starting from the kick drum is the best way, but that’s far from the only starting point available. In this excerpt from The Audio Mixing Bootcamp book, you’ll see that there are many alternative places to successfully start from when building a mix.

“Despite what you might think, there is no standard instrument to start and build a mix from. Modern mixers employ various techniques and they’re all valid, especially in different genres of music. For instance, here are the places from which a mix can be started:

  • From the Bass
  • From the Kick Drum
  • From the Snare Drum
  • From the Drum Overheads
  • From the Lead Vocal or main instrument
  • With all of the instruments and vocals in right from the beginning
  • When mixing a string section, from the highest string (violin) to the lowest (bass)

There are some mixers that just push up all the faders and mix with everything in the mix from the beginning. The theory here is that everything will eventually be in the mix anyway, you might as well start with it all in as soon as you can. The advantage to this method is that by hearing all the instruments and vocals, you’re able to make an aural space for everything. If you insert one instrument at a time, you begin to run out of space and frequently have to go back to the beginning to make sure everything fits together properly.

I start with everything on and I work on it like that. The reason is that, in my opinion, the vocal is going to be there sooner or later anyway. All the instruments are going to be there sooner or later so you might as well just get used to it. And I think that’s also what helps me see what I need to do within the first passage.  Jon Gass (mixer for eighty top 20 hits, one hundred top 40 hits, and more than a hundred gold and platinum albums)

Wherever you start from, it’s a good idea that the lead arrangement element (usually the the vocal) be inserted into the mix as soon as possible. Since the vocal is the most important element, it will use up more frequency space than other supporting instruments. Many mixers find that by waiting until late in the mix to put the vocal in, there’s not enough space left and the vocal just never sits right with the rest of the track.”


You can read additional excerpts from this and my other books at bobbyowsinski.com.

You also might want to check out the Audio Mixing Bootcamp video course at Lynda.com.

 

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Dan-O Deckelman   Snake Oil Recording.

This Week at Snake Oil Recording


This Week At Snake Oil Recording

League of Space Pirates  Mixing continues for the upcoming full length release. League of Space Pirates have also released a sneak peek at the League of Space Pirates comic book for the new single “She’s a Star”/ Elegant Universe coming soon. 
From LoSP headquarters: “Our new single is getting ready to be pressed! Here’s a sneak preview of the cover, drawn by the amazing Jim Callahan of Barf Comics! More details about it soon…”

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 Recorded, mixed, Mastered at Snake Oil Records/Recording   Paul Ivey and the Rubes  Paul Ivey and the Rubes  return to finalize the follow up to the Casual Wayne 7” release.  

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Jimmy Catlett


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A brace of new songs from the acclaimed singer-guitarist Jimmy Catlett of Jimmy Catlett Group, meticulously recorded live and acoustic,(mostly), in the living rooms and company of friends.

Mastered in part by Grant Rutledge at Snake Oil Records/Recording

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jimmycatlett1


 
Jay Smack’s Studio B 
 Nevaeh Podcast is now up on PodOmatic free to stream.
Studio B RVA on PodOmatic 

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Join Jay Smack’s Studio B now in it’s 18th year every Sunday 11pm  XL102 102.1FM Richmond
 

  Live in Studio performances from

Snake Oil Recording
engineered by Dan-O Deckelman at Snake Oil Recording 

Magazine33’s  Chandler Moulton is always on hand snapping the play by play and posting to the Magazine33 Facebook page so please visit and enjoy.
 

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Upcoming at Snake Oil Recording

The SeeDz
League of Space Pirates
 Brett Moulton 
Chris Lee

 The John Roberts Project
The Smashcasters




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Dan-O Deckelman   Snake Oil Recording. 

This Week at Snake Oil Recording



This Week at Snake Oil Recording


 Mixing for The Blue Raja’s single

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League of Space Pirates Mixing continues for the upcoming full length release.


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Jay Smack’s Studio B 

New Podcasts are now up on PodOmatic free to stream.

Join Jay Smack’s Studio B now in it’s 18th year every Sunday 11pm  XL102 102.1FM Richmond

with  Live in Studio performances from

Snake Oil Recording
engineered by Dan-O Deckelman at Snake Oil Recording 

Magazine33’s  Chandler Moulton is always on hand snapping the play by play and posting to the Magazine33 Facebook page so please visit and enjoy.
 

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Upcoming at Snake Oil Recording”

The SeeDz

Jay Smack ‘s Studio B w/Nevea

Chris Lee
 The John Roberts Project
The Smashcasters



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Dan-O Deckelman   Snake Oil Recording.