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January 15, 2007: MASTERING WITH ARITFICIAL STEMS. PART 2 - USING WAVELAB
Making an enhanced track (artifical stem) with parallel compression and equalization is made easy using Steinberg's WaveLab software. This enhanced track can be mixed with the regular tack right in WaveLab.
January 1, 2007: MASTER MIXING, PART 1 - THE TOOLS
During mastering, listen to the mix and how well it communicates the music. When a part "drops off" or isn't properly heard, or when parts disappear, it is time for the mastering engineer to go to work. I explain the tools you have to work with in your remixing the tune with mastering.
December 3, 2006: EAR MEMORY, PART 2
My first DSP article was about hearing what equalization frequencies sound like for general tone adjustment in mastering. In this article I demonstrate hearing what varying the bandwidth sounds like.
November 19, 2006: A MASTERING OUTLINE
Modern analysis and processing tools suggest updated mastering methods. Bob outlines, step by step, how he approaches mastering today using the WaveLab and Ozone software.
November 5, 2006: MASTERING THE BASS
October 15, 2006: LOUDNESS LIMITING AND DRUMS
October 1, 2006: LEVELS IN MASTERING
September 17, 2006: AN INTRODUCTION TO DISC MASTERING
September 3, 2006: MULTIBAND COMPRESSION 
August 20, 2006: OCTAVE REPLACEMENT EQUALIZATION TECHNIQUES
August 5
, 2006: SETTING & MIS-SETTING DYNAMIC PROCESSING - Pt. 1
July 15, 2006:
IN THE ZONE WITH WAVELAB PART 2

July 1, 2006: ZONE TOOLS MASTERING SETUP
June 17, 2006: IN THE ZONE WITH WAVELAB PART 1
June 10, 2006: EQUALIZATION ENVELOPES - PART 2
June 3, 2006: EQUALIZATION ENVELOPES - PART 1
May 20, 2006:
ALL ABOUT EQUALIZATION- Pt. 2
May 13, 2006: TIME FOR A TEST- Pt. 2
May 6, 2006: TIME FOR A TEST- Pt. 1
April 25, 2006: PERSONAL MONITORING REFERENCE
April 10, 2006: 
TEMPLATING PRO TOOLS

March 31, 2006: MASTERING IN THE ZONE - Pt. 2

March 17, 2006: MASTERING IN THE ZONE
March 3, 2006 - CONTROLLING TONE (Mastering With Equalization Series #1)
February 17, 2006 - PREMASTERING DURING MIXDOWN (Mastering With Dynamics Series #3)  
February 3, 2006 - PARALLEL DYNAMIC PROCESSING (Mastering With Dynamics Series #2)
January 20, 2006 - THE MASTERING LIMITER (Mastering With Dynamics Series #1)
January 1, 2006 -  EAR MEMORY
 
RECORDING WEBSITE WEEKLY TIP

January 17, 2007 - Vocal Level Control Part 1
In this tip Bob gives three solutions that can be used when the vocal sounds "weak" in your mix. All three solutions can be used simultaneously
January 10, 2007 - The First Limitation
The first limitations to getting a recording and mix to sound good, is to understand the limitations the ear have in hearing the sound. Here follows an explanation.
January 3, 2007 - Some Equalization Advice
If microphone placement does not get the harmonic distinction desired, the next step is equalization. Here is a basic introduction to EQ techniques - and how to stay out of trouble when getting started.

December 13, 2006 - More Hearing Limitations
Your mix sounds great to you at the session. The next day it sounds really bad. This happens all the time to the new engineer/producer until natural hearing limitations of the human ear are understood - and overcome.
December 6, 2006 - Listening Correctly
November 29, 2006 - Recording the Right Way (...and Working With the Producer)
November 22, 2006 - Getting The Best Quality

November 15, 2006 - Peak vs. Average
November 8, 2006 - Preventing Overload
November 1, 2006 - Looking Like A Genius
October 25, 2006 - Hearing The Mix 103: Defocusing The Working Ears
October 18, 2006 - Hearing The Mix 102: Before You Abuse Your Ears
October 4, 2006 - Hearing The Mix 101
September 27, 2006 - Microphone Manipulations
September 20, 2006 - Proper Baffling And a Cheap Fix
September 13, 2006 - Pointing Cardiod vs. Hypercardiod Microphones
September 4, 2006 - The Most Common Microphone Patterns

August 28, 2006 - Engineering Lead Vocals
August 21, 2006 -
Doubling Lead Vocals
August 14, 2006 - The Most Important Thing In Recording - Pt. 4
August 7, 2006 - The Most Important Thing In Recording - Pt. 3
July 30, 2006 - The Most Important Thing In Recording - Pt. 2

July 23, 2006 - The Most Important Thing In Recording - Pt. 1
July 16, 2006 -
Cubase: Master Output Channel
July 9, 2006 -
Cubase: Basic MIDI Part 2: Sequencing Tools
July 3, 2006 -
Cubase: Basic MIDI Functions Part 1
 
DEVELOPING ARTIST PRODUCTIONS WEEKLY TIP

December
10. 2006 - Production Studio Done Right
Throw out the car, lawnmower, and a bunch of junk and put your studio in the garage. Put the mower and junk into a shed and park the car in the driveway. Here are complete plans.

December 3. 2006 - One Room Golden Section Studio
Many project studios going into the basement don't really have the room to make a separate control room and studio. Here's a the design of a one-room project studio that still takes into account the acoustically great Golden Section formula.
November 26
. 2006 - Digital Tape Compression
Many of the characteristics of analog recording cannot easily be simulated by digital recording. The important characteristic of tape compression, however, can be.
November 19. 2006 - Defeating Latency In The M-Box
The Pro Tools M-Box is known for its low price, but latency can get in the way of using it for recording sessions or overdubs. Bob discusses how to use it for these functions without hearing any latency.

November 12
. 2006 - The Irritating Tardiness Of Pro Tools
November 5
. 2006 - Pro Tools Rock Recording
October 22. 2006 - Developing An Act
October 15. 2006 - Being Yourself
October 1. 2006 - Cheap Monitoring
September 24
. 2006 - Developing a Job in the Music Industry - Part 2
September 17. 2006 - Equalization in Mastering
September 10. 2006 - Starting Marketing Levels - 2006
September 3. 2006 - Recording Of a Well Written Performance
August 27. 2006 - Music Promotion: Advertising and Publicity
August 20. 2006 - Two Lovers
August
13. 2006 - Key Equalization Frequencies Expanded
August 5
. 2006 - Promotional Answers
July 28. 2006 - Developing A Job In The Recording Industry
July 21. 2006 - Preventing Bankrupcy From A Hit

July 17. 2006 - Favorite DAP Article #1
July 10. 2006 -
Developing Favorite DAP Places - Pt. 2
July
3. 2006 - Developing Favorite DAP Places 
OUR MOTOWN HERITAGE ARTICLES

December 9, 2006 - Stumbling Little Stevie Wonder
Little Stevie Wonder was a comical and steady victim of Motown's expansion. You would regularly see him walk into walls where doors had been a month ago...
December 2
, 2006 - Hit Factory Pressing & Distribution
Motown was a independent hit factory in the mid 1960's, but their distribution system was big time.
November 25, 2006 - Baby Motown
1963, the year I joined Motown, the company had six top ten pop hits and established itself as a "hit factory," but its roots go back to 1959.
November 18, 2006 - The Clippers
No, Not the clippers!! The 1960's Motown developed a reputation for high standards in recording and music. Technical engineering was no exception and the shop supervisor kept the standards high with his clippers.
November 4, 2006 - The Italian Motown Connection
October 28, 2006 - The Next Step Motown Heritage
October 21, 2006 - Blueberry Jam With Toast
October 7
, 2006 - Loud and Clear (SECOND CHAPTER)
September 30, 2006 - The Gift (THE STORY OF GIFTVS)
September 23
, 2006 - Some Say It's A Sign Of Weakness (PART OF THE MOTOWN SOUND STORY)
September 16, 2006 - Loud & Clear (PART OF THE MOTOWN SOUND STORY)
September 9, 2006 - Motown Success Formula: Diversity (MOTOWN COMPANY PRIDE STORY)
September 2, 2006 - World Class Home Recording (THE GOSPEL SOUND STORY)
August 26, 2006 -
Motown Youth Opportunity (THE YOUTHVILLE STORY)
August 19, 2006 - The Exciting Compressor
August 12, 2006 -
Dizzy Ms. Lizzy
August 5, 2006 -
What Are You Going To Do When I'm Gone? (THE MARY WELLS STORY)
July 22, 2006 -
Dancing In The Industry Streets (THE KYLE REEVES STORY)
July 15, 2006 -
Becoming A Producer (THE BRIAN BERT STORY)
July 8, 2006 - Handling Stevie Wonder

July 1, 2006 - Building A New Motown
 

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