This is a guest post by Joe Gilder from Home Studio Corner. Many of you will already know Joe – if not, I strongly recommend you check him out – his site and twitter feed are crammed full of useful real-life advice to make your recordings and mixes sound better.
There are HUNDREDS of acoustical issues going on in your studio. And it may not make sense for you to invest in completely treating your space acoustically.
But if there was ONE thing I would do if I were to do it all over again, I’d address one key issue:
Flutter echo is that weird sound you hear when you clap your hands in a bare room. If there are any parallel walls (and there almost always are), you’ll hear the sound waves bouncing back and forth, making this “fluttering” sound.
[Ian says - I always think the flutter echo from a clap makes a "zoing" noise, but maybe that's just me...! Matt from Recording Hacks sent me a great example of how it sounds - to take a listen, click here.]
Welcome back my friends, to the show that never ends, We’re so glad you could attend, come inside, come inside…
I know, it’s been ages.
And, the way things are looking at the moment, it’s going to stay slow for a while longer yet…
So, stay tuned to the RSS feed for future updates, including a brief summary of all the goings-on of Dynamic Range Day – but in the meantime – enjoy this video about the recording and mixing of Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.
I was going to say “please enjoy this video”, but honestly, if there isn’t something to delight or amuse you in here, you’re reading the wrong blog.
This is a question I get asked a lot. But before I answer, the disclaimer:
Personally, I’m not happy mixing on headphones.
Of course I use them all the time, for an alternative perspective my monitors, and for listening in very fine detail for clicks, distortion etc. But for real judgements, speakers are the way to go. Headphones just don’t give me the visceral, physical feedback I want.
(So, don’t read this post, blow a couple of hundred quid on a pair of headphones, spend 6 months trying to mix on them and then come back blaming me for bad advice !)