Use high-quality hosts, samples and instruments. Do not forget that even if the sample is 24 bits, 96 kilohertz – this does not mean that it is of high quality. Look at the frequency response for dips, check the dynamic range. Over time, this will be determined elementarily, by ear.
If a live recording is recorded – a good microphone, a pre and a card. It is necessary to record at the maximum possible volume, which does not give an overload. The limiter at the entrance saves you from level jumps.
Listen carefully to the track one day after writing. Write down what you don’t like there. Correct point by point, from complex to simple. Make sure that the next change does not spoil the previous improvements. After it seems that the track sounds good, try listening to it on ordinary speakers from the music center or on computer soap dishes. Compare with branded tracks of a similar genre. Do not work continuously for more than two hours. It is best to turn off the sound once an hour and go to the kitchen Continue reading
Of all the processes used in the production of modern music, signal compression is perhaps the most difficult to perceive. This is primarily due to the fact that often the result of processing the sound by the compressor is barely audible – especially for beginners. Another difficulty lies in the number of variable compressor parameters: they are not as few as it might seem, and besides, changing each of them does not always lead to obvious results. The fact that these parameters are interconnected only significantly complicates the situation. And finally, an ordinary sound engineer can simply bewilder the amazing variety of types and models of compressors – he will have to rack his brains about choosing the right device before proceeding with his direct duties. Here is the trivial example for you: suppose you need to compress the record to hell. Which is better to choose? A compressor based on VCA (Voltage Control Amplifier), or based on an optoelectrical element? Transistor or tube (or maybe a hybrid of both)? Analogue or digital? A hardware compressor, or limited to a program that performs its functions? And so on and so forth. With so many options available, it is not surprising that compressors and compression Continue reading