The Mighty Beard of Rick Rubin

Rick Rubin, the famous music producer

Rick Rubin has recently been recruited as co-head of Columbia Records. Apparently Columbia does not enforce the dress code when it comes to musical geniuses, because Rubin looks pretty much like a homeless person. But don’t let his persona fool you – the man really is a genius. He has produced epic songs like “Under the Bridge” by Red Hot Chili Peppers, “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party!)” by The Beastie Boys, and “Walk This Way” By Run-DMC/Aerosmith.

Columbia is hoping that Rick will solve all of their problems, and then some. He’s got some big ideas, just take a look at this great article: The Music Man

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Getting a Handle on Basic Compression and Limiting

audio rack units

For some reason, compression was just one of those things for me that I could not grasp right away. Ratios, thresholds, limiters, maximizers, attack, release…..I didn’t want any part of it. I just figured that compression was something that HAD to be done on a track, and I would just select a preset I THOUGHT sounded nice, and that was that. Little did I know, I was being a total ignorant fool, and my music sounded like shit because of it.

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Learn about Microphones at Blue University

Blue Microphones Blog

While browsing the homerecording BBS the other day, I stumbled across a post that linked me to a place called Blue University. This is an absolutely incredible site if you want to learn about Blue Microphones and the process of recording. Sign-up is free, and the “curriculum” is seperated by degrees. It goes from B.A.S. Level to M.A.S. Level to PhD. Level, and you can take whichever ones you want (take ‘em all!).

Sure, since this is being offered by the Blue Microphone company there are going to be lots of references to their products. But there is a lot of valuable information about microphones in general that you can take away from this website.

UPDATE (12/18/10): Unfortunately, Blue University no longer exists. Instead check out their blog for some very useful tips related to microphones at: http://blueblog.bluemic.com/

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Dorm Room Recording

messy dorm room

If you’re a college student living in the dorms or an off-campus apartment, and you are unable to rent some space, there actually are ways to turn your dorm room or apartment into a legitimate place to record music. Having a low budget also comes with the territory of being a college student, and this interesting read I found keeps all of these factors in mind.

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The Quick Mix

mixing faders

I thought this would be an excellent post to kick off the blog.

Creating a “quick mix” is a very helpful thing to do before even thinking about the final mix. A nice balance between the instruments and the vocals, some quick EQ, compression, and reverb if necessary. This is a great way to come up with something to show your client as a preview. Also, if you’ve already starting working on the final mix, but something just isn’t right, this method serves as an excellent start-over approach.

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