Using High Pass Filter

Hi there,

I get this question from my students every time to give me some tips on using High Pass Filter in any DAW. Ok…. Let me give in points so that its easy to follow.

HPF means = PASS only the HIGH FREQUENCY and reject the LOW FREQUENCY

The Purpose of using High Pass Filter in Protools or HPF

 

“Remove the bottom rumble Low end frequencies in your recordings which includes your room acoustics or the sound produced from any source etc”

How to Use it?

  1. Keep Rolling of until your low frequency disappears and then roll back again a bit until you hear like your natural sound how it was captured. 
  2. First SOLO the Tracks then start using the HPF knob
  3. You can roll of at 80Hz to 90 Hz for male Vocals and 100 Hz to 110 Hz for female vocals. But again this is not the exact frequency you should follow, it depends on the source. 
  4. Roll off around 130 Hz to 140 Hz for an Electric Guitar or Rhythm Guitars and try to see how it also sound in your whole mix in context with your song.
  5. Roll off at 70Hz for Bass Guitar and  again its not Fixed, you can try different frequencies and see how it really does the magic in your mix!
  6. For the Kick Drum you can roll of at 60 Hz to leave room for your Bass Guitar to sit well in your mix

Try this in any of your DAW, your mix will be so clean.

Recording Vocals

Hi everyone,

Recording Vocals is one of the main tasks in the studio or at your home studio. Many of the starters or home studio owners ask me how to get that studio quality vocals on my sound interface because I only have a basic Sound card which is the Focusrite scarlett 2i2 etc., 

Well, its not about a basic sound card or advanced sound card, its about your ROOM!

Your room has all unwanted reflection which is also recorded into your mic, If the room is not treated well, you will surely have a bad sounding recorded track on your DAW. If you wanted to get that Tight clean signal like the Studio and know the real work flow, come and attend our upcoming now. Limited Seats only!

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Recording on your DAW

Hi Folks,

I know that there are many starters wanted to create their music and produce high quality output using their basic entry level audio interface. But many tend to misunderstand the correct input during recording. They simply record with hot high signal level and it sound to distort their tracks and they jump to insert some plugins pushing even further without knowing how to read the PEAK and RMS meters on their DAW.

No matter what DAW you use, great sound comes from 

  1. Mic Placement
  2. Good Cables
  3. Setting correct Gain Control on your Pre AMP
  4. Using EQ effectively
  5. Compressing and setting the levels correctly

Sometimes, compression is not needed it the sound sits properly in your mix! There is no Fixed rule in your Audio mixing. If you wanted to

  1. learn the proper way to get the best 
  2. get pro results using your audio interface
  3. learn to tweak your EQ and use compression in detail

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Mixing with Waves SSL plugin

Well, waves as this giant audio plugin company requires no introduction, is used but almost by all recording studios worldwide. Particularly, the waves SSL bundle is one of the best and popular plugin bundle even today. 

In today’s modern DAW, our recordings are clean, our signal path is clear. We all use very good cable, Mic pre’s and very good AD/DA convertor, but still we all lack one of the key elements in our recording chain… Guess what?

THE BIG ANALOG WARM SOUND!

Many starters think that if we just add an SSL EQ or a COMP we can tweak and get a good bright sound, well that’s not the case of this Plugin. This SSL has something more that that, look at that button called ANALOG in the SSL plugin. It’s that vintage SSL 4000 G & E series mixers sound right in your DAW for a fraction of cost. It you wanted to learn more about using these plugins for mixing and mastering , Join our Sound Engineering Course Mixing & Mastering. Call us at 9884145966 or Email us at babalkp@gmail.com

How to EQ electric guitar?

How to EQ electric guitar?

How to EQ electric guitar? this is the question i get from starters who have a basic audio interface and  trying to record Electric guitar and then EQ it. Well, most of the time many tweak the EQ to by setting increasing Bass or Treble so that it will sound awesome in their mix. 

The Result is: 

More BASS & TREBLE = FALSE!

Well, the best thing to do is to Reduce the Unwanted Sound from the guitar track you just recorded. Any stock EQ should to the best for your guitar track. Some people say third party plugins do a great job, but it all depends on the tone and how good it sits on your mix. 

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Live Drum Recording

Live Drum Recording

Live Drum Recording is always a challenge. The best part is placing the microphones is the key thing. Because it can lead to phase cancellation or creating a bad sound which you might not like in your project. But many of them has asked me which mic to select for what drum and how to place it?

Well, its not about your costly microphones, its about your kit, your Room and how good are you at placing your mic to get THAT tone in your song. The important thing is recording the Drum kit is getting a good GAIN STAGING and what Pre-Amps you use, it need not be a costly pre-amp, but a industry standard one is always recommended to get a good descent sound in your project or song.

Its not that you should keep 8 mics as standard rule of the thumb for a kit. I have recorded a entire whole Drum kit just with ONE MIC in my studio. Cant believe it? Its sound awesome! 

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Adding Analog Warmth

Adding Analog Warmth

Hi, I know that we are all in the Digital era of recording our music using modern audio interfaces with great quality AD/ DA convertors, but no matter we have high end gears, we still lack that smooth Analog tape Saturation tone in our mixes. That’s why all the major Audio Plug-in companies sell Analog Tape Saturation plugins to use in our Digital Recording medium, one of my favourite Analog recorder is the STUDER 24- track machine and TASCAM 4- Track Open Reel recorders. I still cant forget the tone how it sounds great. Please do what the video of how the Reel are manufactured and used.

How to record guitar sound?

How to record guitar sound? 

Everyone who walks into my studio ask me this question. 

Guitarist: How to record guitar sound and how do I get that great BIG ROCK sound of my electric guitar sound of my cabinet tone?

Digi Sound Studio: My goto answer is MIC the Guitar to your cabinet!

Guitarist: What mic is the Best?

Digi Sound Studio: Any Mic will do its Job!

Guitarist: What!!!

 

Digi Sound Studio: YES, Trust me,  You can get that BIG Rock Sound using any mic , it can be a dynamic or a condenser mic or both. There is no special mic manufactured for specific need. The Big Secret is your Mic Techniques and how you place it! And with some small adjustment in your DAW , you can create THAT awesome sound of your guitar!

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Mixing on headphones

Mixing on headphones

I know this sounds a bit odd, but many home studio budding engineers cannot afford a pair of monitors or do not have space in their room. So the common questions they ask me is

  • Can I mix with my ordinary headphones?

Answer: The first thing i would like to tell is mixing too long in the headphones will cause ear fatigue and the ear drums become aged soon. So your after years, your ears will not be able to judge certain frequencies which you were doing earlier. So i really don’t recommend using the headphones for long time.   

  • Do I need a costly pair of headphones?

Answer: No, you just need to get your ears tuned or practice various versions of mixes then you arrive at a point were you understand YOUR headphones better.

  • Which is the best headphones for mixing?

Answer: Well, it depends on your budget, some of the best one i like is the beyerdynamic DT770 etc. 

If you can’t then there are other solutions like sonarworks.com which gives an alternate solution for your headphone calibration for mixing.

Mixing a Song

Mixing a Song

Well, many think that mixing in the box (ITB) is not good as out of the box (OTB). The question is whether the quality is good in the ITB? or should I use hardware gears to do my Mixing – OTB? 

Well, it all depends on your taste and there are no fixed rules in audio. It totally depends on your budget and your own setup to prepare your mix a song in ITB or OTB.  But what i want to tell is, finally when you deliver the mix by ITB method or OTB, your client is only going to hear the quality of your mix and look for clean output with clarity and punch. Nobody is bothered which plugin you used or which console etc., 

But i am not to blame any company or hardware, what you must learn is each Hardware gear has its own character or the tone value which it goes through its electronic components. Like wise, each plugin company or the stock plug-ins has its own way of algorithm and behavior to process your incoming signal into your DAW. 

We should know how to use them effectively and process them in our Mix. 

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