There is much debate about high-resolution audio and it's a topic that some the world's most esteemed audio engineers disagree on. Many argue that high sample rate recordings sound better than standard resolution audio recordings, whereas others claim that the pure mathematical theories of digital-signal-processing show there is no benefit to sampling audio at frequencies above … [Read more...] about High-Resolution Audio: How True is your Playback?
Comb filtering is often a challenging subject to cover and understand, but its effects are significant when recording and mixing, so it is very much a topic that is worth learning about both theoretically and with respect to experiencing how sounds change when they are subject to comb filtering. Before discussing comb filtering in detail, we should first recap on the concept of … [Read more...] about What is Comb Filtering?
Drum replacement might be considered to be an advanced mixing technique, but, in reality, drum replacement can be quite simple to implement with the correct tools and approach. In this article we look specifically at the best approaches to drum replacement, and ask when to use drum replacement and how drum replacement can be implemented in DAWs such as Logic, Pro Tools and … [Read more...] about Mixing Drums with Drum Replacement
Recording drums is one of the most exciting days in the recording studio! Getting the drums tracked right can have a huge positive impact on the rest of the project, so it’s worth putting in some thought into what drum recording setup to use long before the session starts. But with so many drums, cymbals, bar chimes (etc!) in the kit, and so many different types of sound to … [Read more...] about How Many Mics do you Need for Recording Drums?
Drums are somewhat defined by the fact that they generate extremely dynamic and transient sound waveforms. As such, dynamics processing tools are fundamental to controlling and enhancing drum recordings in the mix. In many respects, the volume fader is the simplest form of dynamic processing tool, allowing us to manually adjust the amplitude levels of a track. We can either set … [Read more...] about Track, Bus and Parallel Compression for Mixing Drums
In this post we explore how to mix drums and a guide to understanding drum frequencies. One of the most commonly used mix tools is the equaliser (EQ), which allows us to manipulate the volume of different aspects of an audio waveform’s frequency spectrum. Beware, the equaliser is rarely used in mixing for making things “equal”, though! That was its original intended … [Read more...] about Mixing Drums? Know your drum frequencies!
It’s true, drum tuning can be quite daunting for a new drummer. It takes a number of years for most drummers to develop the required understanding and hearing skills in order to tune drums without help. Many drummers, even those with lots of professional experience, find drum tuning a challenge, and find it difficult to understand what changes in the setup or tuning will … [Read more...] about How to Tune Drums?
Drums are one of the most challenging instruments to tune, because they have so many different components which all affect the overall sound – a drumhead has 5, 6, 8 or 10 tuning lugs, doubled up on both the batter and resonant sides. Not to mention that each drum in the kit deserves to be tuned to its own particular pitch, so that drum rolls and phrases sound stylistic and … [Read more...] about The Best Drum Tuning Tips: How To Master Drum Sound