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  • Monday, December 16, 2013
    Daniel Keller 12/16/13 11:46 AM,
    In the pre-DAW era, when we had to rewind heavy two-inch multitrack tapes uphill in the snow, both ways, the concept of gain structure was fairly easy to grasp. Instead of a virtual studio-in-a-box, each individual component was a link in the audio chain, visibly connected by patch cables, and analog distortion was fairly easy to hear, identify and track down. In today’s digital world, it’s no longer that simple. Signal paths can be virtual, unconventional, and convoluted, and digital… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallDigital Audio WorkstationsProcessorStudio

  • Tuesday, August 06, 2013
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    Daniel Keller 08/06/13 07:42 AM,
    Along with EQ, reverb is probably the most commonly-used effect in audio. It would be nearly impossible to find a recording that doesn’t employ some type of reverb. And probably because it’s so ubiquitous, reverb is also one of the most misunderstood and misused effects there is. It’s interesting to consider that, as with so many things in modern life, we’ve spent countless hours inventing technologies that enable us to recreate something that occurs naturally in the real world. It… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogDigital Audio WorkstationsProcessorStudio

  • Wednesday, June 26, 2013
    Daniel Keller 06/26/13 11:47 AM,
    Before there was digital recording, before spring reverb, even before analog tape, there was EQ. Equalization is one of the oldest tools in the audio engineer’s arsenal, and one of the most useful. Used judiciously, EQ can do wonders to de-clutter a crowded soundscape. Used with precision, it can remove offending sounds we hadn’t necessarily intended to capture. Used correctly, a bit of EQ can be all that’s needed to make peace between dueling guitars, scoop the mud from the… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogConsolesMixerProcessorStudio