The Audio Blog
Tips, tricks and fun for the recording musician
The Audio Blog is a set of thoughts, techniques, knowledge bits and the occasional rant about the wonderful world of audio and music recording. Follow me on the path to great sounding music, never a boring moment!
Pump up the volume (not the gain)
You may have read the post about how DAWs destroy your recordings (if you haven't, there's worse ways of spending five minutes), so you already know that - when using a digital recording system - the right thing to do is to set gains so that levels hover around the middle the dynamic range scale (say an average level of -18 dBFS and peaks around -12 dBFS). And if you've read my post, you'll have set up your DAW GUI so that its visuals match the good quality of your recording
No pain, no gain!
A quick post today on something not particularly difficult or esoteric - but which seems to be a source of confusion to more than a few, especially when recording or mixing. What's the difference about raising gain and raising volume? The short answer is: none. Both the gain knob and the volume knob (or fader) are there to take your signal and make it louder or quieter (technically, increase or reduce the amplitude of the waveform). Concretly this can be realized by using dif
How DAWs destroy recordings
Well, ok: I lied. DAWs do not destroy recordings. I love DAWs, and we can make wonderful recordings and mixes using any. This post is emphatically not about how analog is better than digital (it isn't). There are, however, two super annoying things about most DAWs. These are the default waveform zoom level and the default meters color coding (when the signal gets from green to yellow to red) in their GUI - i.e. the way they present tracks out of the box, when you've just ins
A good sounding room!
In my first post I talked a little on how - after performance and arrangement - the physical space where you record (the "recording room", or "room" for short) is the most important factor in the quality of the result - at least if you are using microphones. Let's repeat it again: if you want to improve your recordings, the first and most important thing to look at is how your room sounds. It may be a little unclear, however, what exactly does it mean. Does a room sound like