We’ve all seen them. Those black units at the top of just about every single rack of gear. Sometimes they even have cool lights that pop out and an outlet on the front so your buddy can easily charge his e-cig. But what do power conditioners really do and when is it worth it or beneficial for you to buy one for your studio?
Robot Drummers, Spring Reverbs, Sound Diffuser Wall Art, it’s all here. I’ve gathered up all of the unique things I could find on Etsy that would make a great addition to any recording studio.
On a vocal try using one compressor with a fast attack to control the peaks and a second with a slower attack for tone and character. Try closing your eyes and listening to your mix every once and awhile. We mix with our ears not our eyes!
Classic recording consoles are extremely sought after for their hands-on workflow and larger than life sound quality. There’s nothing like riding the volume of a vocal, having your fingers on a real fader while being able to easily reach an immaculate sounding equalizer and compressor on every channel.
I’m sure there are plenty of incredibly talented engineers that produce exceptional sounding music that doesn’t know the first thing about dither. Dither isn’t going to make or break you, and even the most technical engineers will tell you that when working in 24-bit fixed point, the majority of people aren’t going to hear a difference.
Try automating the master fader 1 or 2 decibels in the chorus to add excitement. Decide what takes you like and make comps right away. Don’t leave important decisions for later!