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Best vocal de-esser

What’s your go to de-esser when you have a sibilance problem with a vocal? Things to consider - ability to adjust sensitivity, threshold, dry/wet ratio, Q and specific frequency range affected. Can’t afford plugins? No problem. Another great alternative to dealing with sibilant vocals is to just...

Best Way to Use Reverb

Oftentimes reverb is an afterthought: “Just put reverb on a stereo aux, choose the right preset, and done”. Though the topic of reverb is far more nuanced and in depth than just a simple statement, you should consider that reverb needs to be treated as another instrument source. Too often, rever...

Getting That "Tape Sound"

There’s a common misconception about what “tape sound” is, and what it can do to a mix. When we think about the magic of tape, we usually conjure up bands like Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, or even the grunge bands of the 90s. However, we must also consider that “tape sound” also includes ban...

What's the Best Limiter?

For most engineers limiting is usually the last step in the process and can make or break the sound of your final masters. Whether you’re trying to compete in the loudness wars or just get your track up to industry standard, some important things to consider when choosing which type of limiter to ...

Best Music Theory Apps

Greetings TRCoA students! A tip for your “Beat Making & Music Theory” class. Search your Apple or Android app stores for relevant music theory apps. There are dozens of free apps that are great portable ways to access music theory tips anywhere, anytime. Here are a few apps from each platform th...