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Create your own Reverbs
Production Tip 9 : 
Watch your Levels Production Tip 10 : 
Using the Side Chain
Production Tip 8 : 
Parallel Compression
An overview of the various approaches to recording electric guitars. Mic placement and selection, using a D.I. and post processing options such as amp simulators.
Production Tip 7 : 
Recording Electric Guitars Production Tips Archive : see all our previous music production tips <
Get the most from mastering by preparing your mix in an appropriate format. We look at sample rate, bit depth & dither, mix processing, headroom and file types.
Production Tip 6 : 
Preparing a Mix for Mastering
Add that full and sub-bass kick drum sound to your with this simple production tip using an oscillator and side-chain triggered gate.
Production Tip 5 : 
The Sub-kick Trick
Some useful tips for keeping perspective whilst mixing and help ensure that processing and level decisions are as objective as possible.
Production Tip 4 : 
Get Perspective
Achieve a professional vocal sound that will sit right in a mix. We examine at what you can do at both the recording and mixing stages.
Production Tip 3 : 
Vocals in the Mix
Production Tip 13 : 
Using EQ 101 Production Tip 12: 
Mixing on Headphones
Panning is a simple but powerful tool for shaping your mix.  We give you the 101 guide to creating productions with stereo interest.
Production Tip 2 : 
This first production tip is a short one, but a good one. Clean up your mix with high and low pass filtering to create clarity, space and gain extra headroom.
Production Tip 1 : 
Find More Space with Filtering
We take a look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of entrusting your mix monitoring to headphones and how to work round these.
Take greater control over your compression and create unique effects by making use of the audio side-chain. This production tip also has an accompanying video.
This production tip examines the key reverb parameters and lifts the lid on creating your own unique reverbs from real acoustic spaces using convolution.
Why recording & mixing down as ‘hot’ a signal as possible isn’t always the best course of action. We give some practical advice about safe headroom in a digital system.
Take greater control over your dynamics processing by understanding parallel compression. Thicken and bring up detail in mix elements without loosing punch.
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Do You Need A Record Label?
It's clear that changes in technology have been greatly enabling for the individual artist and it's something that can be felt at both ends of the musical food-chain.
iStock is a great source of quality royalty free images at very affordable prices. And now they want bring this successful model to the field of audio.
Turn your samples into cash with iStockAudio
Production Tip 14 : 
Sound ‘real’ with outboard
Inject some character into those all-digital productions using outboard processing. We look at some of the most popular lo-fi options for giving your tracks grit.
Your response to this will have a lot to do with how you consume music. Are you a sit down & appreciate a CD in its entirety person, or plugged into your iPod on shuffle?
Does physical media
have a future?
Our 101 guide gives you everything you need to know to get started using equalization, one of the most popular tools in any engineer’s armoury.
Production Tip 16 : 
Mono to Stereo
We look at six options for adjust the width of individual mix elements, many of which are likely to be mono sources.
Production Tip 15 : 
Using Microphones 101
Making the right choices at this first stage in production can make like a lot easier during mixing and ultimately yield far better end results.
Review : 
Airwindows Audio Unit Plugins
We test-drive three of the free Airwindows audio unit plugins for the mac and give you our verdict.
Music Industry News : 
Say Hello to Amazon MP3
A first look at Amazon’s venture into the UK music download market.
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Production Tip 17 : 
Creating Mix Stems
A run through of how to prepare your mix for Stem Mastering and how creating sub-mixes is useful at other stages in production.
Production Tip 18 : 
Using Compression 101
By understanding the key controls and principals behind compression you'll be well on your way to using it effectively in your mixes.
Production Tip 19 : 
Accurate Monitoring
FInd out what you can do to make the best of your monitoring situation.
Review : 
T-RackS 3 Deluxe
We review this significant revision to the popular T-RackS desktop mastering solution
Production Tip 20 : 
Digital Audio Editing - Pt.1
Audio Editing is a fundamental skill for any engineer / producer to master and today's software editors provide us with some powerful tools.
Studio Stuff: 
Calibrating Your Tea?
MyCuppa has a fun set of mugs that brings calibration to your daily tea or coffee consumption!
Production Tip 21 : 
Digital Audio Editing - Pt.2
This month we look at some of the more advanced tools and techniques including restoration, timing and pitch correction
Finding the right studio
There will always be some production situations where it makes sense to use a commercial facility, so how do you choose?
Production Tip 22 : 
A Guide to Project Backup
If you're serious about making music in the digital age then you need to be equally serious about backup.
Studio Stuff: 
Understanding Music Copyright
As creative professionals copyright, and the wider notion of intellectual property, are the currencies which which we do business.