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03/02/2022
The Proximity Effect

The Proximity Effect in audio is defined as an increase in bass or low frequency response when a sound source is close to a directional or cardioid microphone.

In this video Bryan shows you visually what the proximity effect is and how you can use it to your advantage.

If your vocalist or sound source is too close to the microphone it will result in a big, boomy recording. If your vocalist or sound source is too far away, it will result in thin, roomy vocals. The goal is to find the sweet spot where the vocal sits properly in the mix, making the mix engineer's job (in many cases this is YOU) much, much easier.

02/21/2022
Yamaha Reface CP + Hologram Electronics Microcosm Jam

This week we caught Bryan jamming and producing a new song live in Studio B with his Yamaha Reface CP, Hologram Electronics Microcosm pedal and Ableton Live. Along with a drum loop, Bryan is also live programming a bass line and other parts in Ableton. Feel free to drop a comment if you have any questions about this setup, the gear used or if you would like to book a session at our studio.

Gear Used in Video:
Audio
Apple Macbook Pro 16"
Universal Audio Apollo Twin X
Yamaha Reface CP
Ableton Live 11 Suite
Hologram Electronics Microcosm
Arturia Minimoog Plugin

Video
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4k
Sigma Lenses
Edelkrone Slider + Pan/Tilt Head

02/14/2022
Why Do I Have So Much Latency?

I hear the same question often. Why do I have so much latency when I’m recording? Today I will show you a few simple settings in Pro Tools, that can be applied to any other DAW software, to minimize latency while recording.

Watch the video to learn how!

01/31/2022
Mic Comparison: Bock 251 vs Shure SM7b

In this video we have one of our very talented Resident Engineers, Didi. He is going to sing a few verses for us while we compare the $6,000 Bock 251 to the $400 Shure SM7b. While these are 2 completely different microphones, it is great to hear the difference and see that it is possible to get amazing recordings even with more budget friendly gear.

01/25/2022
How To Easily Sync Audio To Video In Premiere Pro And Improve Audio Quality

In this video I will show you how to properly record audio to an external device and then easily sync it in Premiere Pro in a few very simple steps. I will also show you a simple way to record audio directly to your camera and avoid syncing all together.

I know this is a daunting task for some people, but this separates pro videos from mediocre videos. Don’t be afraid to tackle this task, it is SO much easier than you think!

01/18/2022
How To Clean Up Noisy Vocal Tracks

Sometimes as audio engineers we are sent tracks to mix that the artist recorded themselves at home. Unfortunately when things like vocals or guitars are recorded in a home environment there can be lots of noise in the background like refrigerators, air conditioners and noises from outside the house. One of the best tools I have found for effectively cleaning up these noises quickly is Izotope Voice De-noise. Today we are going to talk about How to clean up dirty tracks. We are going to take a vocal track with way too much noise in the background and clean it up to make it usable.

This week Bryan walks us through his personal settings that he loves to use on the Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K w...
01/10/2022
Ultra Simple Guide To The Black Magic Pocket Cinema 4K Camera

This week Bryan walks us through his personal settings that he loves to use on the Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K while in the studio. He’ll be going over the very basic settings and functions of the camera as well as how to get started out if you’re new to video.

This week Bryan walks us through his personal settings that he loves to use on the Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K while in the studio. He’ll be going ov...

Check out this video as we stack the 1176 and LA-2A for maximum dynamic control!
01/04/2022
STACKING COMPRESSORS

Check out this video as we stack the 1176 and LA-2A for maximum dynamic control!

This week we are going to use 2 compressors to control a very dynamic vocal. We will be using the UAD versions of the 1176 And LA-2A, but you can use whateve...

Today we're going to talk about some examples of laziness around the studio and how to overcome them.
12/27/2021
DON'T BE LAZY

Today we're going to talk about some examples of laziness around the studio and how to overcome them.

Today we're going to talk about some examples of laziness around the studio and how to overcome them.

12/20/2021
Shure SM57

Today we’re going to talk about one of the most legendary, widely used microphones, the Shure SM57. We will compare this microphone to 2 other microphones. Check out the video to see how it compares!

12/06/2021
Top 5 Software Instruments

In this video Bryan will walk you through some of his favorite software instruments and how he likes to use them!

11/29/2021
Vocal Delay Throws

In this video Bryan will show you how to take a simple vocal track and add some vocal delay throws to fill it out and make it more interesting by using a few simple techniques!

11/22/2021
MIXING KICKS

Today we are going to take a bland, flabby kick and turn it into a fat punchy kick. In this video Bryan will show you how to take a simple kick and give it some life by using a few simple techniques!

11/15/2021
Turn A Vocal Sample Into A Synth Pad Instrument

In this video Bryan will show you a basic sound design technique which will allow you to use a vocal sample and turn it into a synth pad sound. Almost any kind of sample material can be turned into an instrument. Watch the tutorial, play around with this, and have fun. We’d love to see what you come up with!

10/29/2021
Ghostly Reverse Reverb

In the spirit of Halloween, our Head of Video Production/Resident Engineer, Bryan, brings you a spooky tutorial on how to create your own ghostly reverse reverb trick to level up your mixes and productions. Check out this video as Bryan walks you through how to compose a supernatural sounding effect with a few simple tips and tricks just in time for spooky season!

08/26/2021

Hey guys, Bryan here with some simple yet effective tips for reaching your maximum creative potential. Enjoy!

10/30/2020

What new plugins are you using these days? We're always looking hidden gems and new things to try. Profess your love!

Duuuude Tony Hawk came by the studio with Jack Grisham of T.S.O.L. and audiobook director Scott Sherratt! Keep an eye ou...
04/18/2019

Duuuude Tony Hawk came by the studio with Jack Grisham of T.S.O.L. and audiobook director Scott Sherratt! Keep an eye out for More Fun In the New World: The Unmaking and Legacy of LA Punk coming soon.

04/10/2019

Founded at our current location in 1989, this year represents our 30th anniversary of making records. Have you recorded here during that time? Share your photos and memories to help us celebrate!

Compression is a difficult concept to understand, which is why we made this handy info-graphic, so that you can quickly ...
02/17/2019

Compression is a difficult concept to understand, which is why we made this handy info-graphic, so that you can quickly and easily understand how each control and feature works.

🔥Free Compression Training🔥
http://bit.ly/FreeCompressionTraining

P.S. We created this step-by-step training (FREE for now) that teaches the fundamentals of mixing with compression, which can take an OK recording/mix & make it a great recording/mix:

It was great having WWE and WCW star Goldberg in the studio this week!
10/02/2018

It was great having WWE and WCW star Goldberg in the studio this week!

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