November 20, 2009

I’m Not Dead

Record Ready has obviously not been all that active lately. An email from a reader today asking for a status update prompted this post. My wife and I had a baby over the summer and work has been busier than ever… leaving me with no time left over. Hopefully, I’ll eventually find time for the occasional tutorial in the future. For now, enjoy the past tutorials, I hope they continue to help people.

Posted in: General
April 20, 2009

OhmBoyz Delay Demo

The folks over at Ohm Force were kind enough to send me their plug-ins to check out. All their products are all really unique and fun to use, but one stuck out as particularly useful to me. OhmBoyz (79.00 EUR) is a powerful delay plugin available in VST 2.0, RTAS and AU formats for Mac or PC. The delay allows for the degenerating feedback effect I illustrated in my last video built in. Check out the video for more features.

Demos are available on their website and they have a good discount (50%) for students.

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Posted in: Digidesign Pro Tools, Reviews
April 6, 2009

Roy Thomas Baker

picture-1I attended the annual Pacific Northwest NARAS Studio Summit yesterday, at the Experience Music Project in Seattle. The really great day included a panel discussion of local studio owners and engineers on the topic of survival in today’s music business, an interview with producer Johnny K and an interview with legendary producer/engineer Roy Thomas Baker

Mr. Baker, who has produced classic albums such as Queen’s ‘A Night at the Opera’ and The Cars self-titled debut, had many interesting things to say, but one thing he said stuck out in particular for me. He observed that back in the earlier days of his career, the bands he was working with (such as Queen and The Cars) would be very concerned about their records/songs sounding too much like their contemporaries’ records. They wanted the music they made to sound unique. He went on to mentioned that many of the bands he is coming across now come into the studio with a stack of already successful CDs and say “we want the snare from this record, the guitar from this record, the vocal sound from this record, etc, etc”. He was obviously promoting the former as the ideal attitude for making lasting records. Innovation over emulation… sounds good to me.

Posted in: General, Production Technique
March 14, 2009

Better Delay Feedback

In this tutorial I use a standard delay plug-in and the busses to create a more unique delay feedback than the standard feedback control usually offers. Also, automated aux sends are addressed.

The song in this video was performed, produced, and engineered by students of mine. The producer/engineers were Roger Lemmon and Stephen Findley. The performer/songwriters were Aric Neshiem and Joel Kessler.

Edit: Just noticed the weird line interference in the video. I’ll try and get that fixed for the next one. 

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Posted in: Digidesign Pro Tools, Engineering Technique, Tutorials