Category Archives: In The Studio

Basic Recording Techniques: Strings

For centuries, bowed string instruments have played an important role in music from all around the world. These instruments are known for their complex and expressive sound, which can be challenging to capture in the recording studio. As part of our basic recording techniques video series, here are some tips to take the mystery out of recording bowed string instruments.

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Basic Recording Techniques: Capturing the Mighty Mandolin

The mandolin is small but mighty and its powerful sound has made it a mainstay in popular music for generations. This member of the lute family plays an important role in the traditional music of Scotland and England, and has also shown up in many popular recordings of today.

As part of our basic recording techniques video series, here are some tips to capture the distinctive sound of the mandolin.

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Basic Recording Techniques: Saxes

From the orchestra to intimate jazz clubs, the saxophone family of woodwind instruments can be found in a variety of musical setting. Saxes come in many sizes, each producing a distinct sound. Naturally, these will each require unique techniques for recording. As part of our basic recording techniques video series, we’ve laid out everything you need to know to record the most common saxophones.

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Basic Recording Techniques: Capturing the Spirit of the Organ

The tonewheel organ cemented its place in history as one of the earliest electric instruments. The organ, along with the rotary speaker cabinet, has found its way into nearly every musical genre, from relaxed jazz to stereo thumping rock and roll.

A truly versatile instrument, the organ can adapt to any style and we have some tips to help you capture the organ’s unique tone and spirit.

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Frank Klepacki Blog Series: Getting the Best of Both Worlds: Digital with Analog, Part 1

Frank KlepackiThis is the fifth installment in guest blogger Frank Klepacki’s series on music production. Today Frank discusses adding analog aspects to digital recording. If you missed Frank’s previous post on the role of the music producer, you can read it here.

For a great while now, people have been making music digitally. Whether they transitioned over from analog, or started digitally from the get-go, it’s a reality, a convenience and, moving forward, will be the norm of how music production is introduced to future generations.

While today’s up-and-comers making albums in their bedrooms and garages may never know what it means to cut tape or use a large format console, there are some ideas worth sharing to help and encourage their decision-making when recording in the future.

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