Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Home Studio Simplified's Patreon Page Launch





Patreon is a website that models the same pay structure of the days of old. In ye olden days musicians, artists, and creatives in general, would be paid by patrons that loved their work. (Usually nobility) As their popularity grew so did their patrons.



 I have seen a lot of Patreon pages that seem to do well, but offer their patrons very little in return. My goal is not to get rich but rather to review awesome gear that relates to home studios, and then turn around and give it to my patrons. Win, win!



Your Win:

By being involved in the community you will get to suggest, or even vote on gear, that you would like to see reviewed. In turn, if you are one who pledges $5 or more a month you will be entered into a drawing for the gear that was just reviewed! You will also get some free goodies just for becoming a patron at $1 or more a month. All drawings will be fair and I will even show the drawing being done to clear up any doubt that you are the winner.

My Win:

The monies received will help to offset the cost of podcast hosting and website maintenance, as well advertisement.



 Links:


Podcast: http://bit.ly/HSS_Podcast

Twitter: @1SoundDoctrine

Instagram: @ramcclellan

Sunday, August 21, 2016

HSS Episode 031-Interview with Ethan Winer


 

In this episode I interview Ethan Winer an audio expert with years of experience in recording, mixing, and audio in general.

Ethan is the Co-Owner of Real Traps, a company that produces high quality acoustic solutions for studios of all sizes.

He has wrote articles for several magazines over the years including Tape Op, EQ, and PC Magazine, to name a few. He has been active on forums for years, helping home studio, project studio, and large studio owners from all walks of life better understand their equipment as well as their acoustic issues.

I wanted to bring him on the show because he has a knack for explaining things in a simple and understandable way. He also is a champion of dispelling audio myths, which we talk about!

Here are some links to get a hold of Ethan:

Ethan's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/EthanWiner

The Audio Expert Forum: http://the-audio-expert.freeforums.��net/

Also as mentioned, here is the link to A Cello Rondo! You gotta see this! A Cello Rondo

 

 


Check out this episode!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Creative Plug-In Use

Creative Plug-In Use

In this 5S video I cover another creative way to use a De-Esser on your guitar tracks. Hope it helps you to think of other ways to use your plug-ins more creatively! Share below some of your creativity!


Friday, August 5, 2016

Complimentary EQ for Seperation

Clarity In Your Mix

Clarity is an objective term (like most everything in audio). What clarity is to one may differ to another, but generally speaking, my view is that of being able to hear things clearly that may inhabit the same frequency ranges. Thought there are several ways to achieve this, today we will cover using EQ. Complimentary EQ is not a new thing but the concept sometimes get lost in the myriad of mixing tips and tricks.

Contrast or Compliment?

I show in the video below two EQ's that cover 4 tracks and two instruments. It would appear at fist glance that the proper terminology for our example should be Contrast EQ. However, much like a puzzle piece that compliments and helps to bring the big picture together by it's contrast to the other pieces around it, our audio to can fit together better by carving out specific areas of the frequency spectrum. Check out the video below and see what you think.




Thursday, August 4, 2016

Recording Rules?

Recording Rules?

More and more I see statements like:

"The only way to record_______ is..." 

"Those mics are cheap Chinese junk and don't sound good on anything."

"You can't record like that."

"My DAW sounds great. My speakers are the best. My headphones cost $1200 so they're great!"

 "A DI acoustic track is useless."

On and on the rhetoric goes, as if there are definitive rules to recording. While there are some things that are obvious and worth steering clear of (i.e. clipping, switching sample rates mid project, etc.) for the most part there are no wrong moves in a session, especially if you are given the liberty to experiment. Recently, I posted this picture purposely to prove my point. (See below)

I included a few of the comments (at least the nicer ones) that I received from FaceBook. So many were commenting that they saw no problem with it, and had even had good results recording small amps as well. But the fact that there are still people knocking simple things like this proves that either they haven't done a lot of recording, they have gear snobbery, or are taking everyone's word as their own.

Recently, I heard Sylvia Massy talking about "Adventure Recording" and how fun it was to try different things. In that interview she brought out some stuff, that had I posted, would have been scoffed and mocked. Her reputation as a unique Mixing Engineer however was predicated on her willingness to "break the rules" and try new things and even things that no one ever thought would sound good.

My encouragement to you today is to experiment with new techniques and try out something even if others say it is not the status quo! You could find the next sound! I mean look at Abbey Road and all the great effects that came from their reckless abandonment of the "rules".

Have a great time inventing!
 
Oh and here's what that "junky" amp sounded like...






Saturday, July 30, 2016

Using DI's Creatively

When recording an acoustic guitar especially, the DI (direct input) source is generally frowned upon. Although it is true that the sound quality is not conducive to every mix, it may be useful in some. In this 5S video, I show a way to use the DI source in both acoustic and electric guitars to add depth and character.

*For a FREE printable info graphic that will give you a clear step by step process to achieve a better mix click here: http://bit.ly/1RIiLVL