Dithering, Is It Really Needed?

Dithering. I remember learning about this in college. I remember it being a subject that was easy to understand within the confines of a software processing environment. It was simply a way of taking a large binary word and turning it into a smaller one to save hard drive space without compromising the quality of […]

Bake Day

I’ve been working on a project lately that has become far more intricate and complicated than I ever expected it to be. When it began a couple of months ago I truly felt that we would be farther along. And as the level of complication of these tracks with their stacks of plugins continues to […]

The Mystical Compressor (Part 2): Operation

Ok, the moment you’ve all been waiting for! Here’s the secret trick to operating a compressor flawlessly every time. Wait for it… Use. Your. Ears. That’s all; just use your ears. I have a friend and studio owner near Roanoke, VA named Jake Dempsey. He’s fond of the saying, “Ears before gear.” And he’s right. […]

What does a limiter do? How do I use it?

Our last blog was about basic compressor education (“The Mystical Compressor Part 1”). I thought that before I write Part 2 where I will give some advice on compressor operation, I should address limiting. The two are very closely related in function and controls. The applications, however, are very different. A limiter is essentially a […]

The Mystical Compressor (Part 1): Basics

Ah, the infamous compressor. Few things are more confusing to a new sound engineer than compression. The basic concept of compression is easy enough to understand. It’s the controls and proper operation that often baffles us. Understanding compression and how to use it is an essential skill for any mixing engineer. Mastering compression can make […]

Do I need an analog summing mixer?

Like so many other aspects of recording, the use of analog summing is completely subjective. It’s all about what sounds good to you or your client when the mix is done. On some tracks I use analog summing; on others I don’t. It depends on what sound I’m trying to achieve. The summing mixer is […]