PDF download that includes 22 recording & production tips that I've come to rely on during my recording process.
* When is a track done?
* Bus Compression
* Recycling everything
* Fresh starts
* Echo & Delay
* Outboard Gear
* Don't over quantize
* Tuning and pitching
* Fake harmonies
* Recording live with MIDI
* Reverse engineering
I’ve been recording music for 35 years. Starting with a Dorkordor reel-to-reel 4-track that had S.O.S. (Sound on Sound) & Echo, the ability to bounce tracks (record on 3 channels and bounce them to one channel so you could keep layering).
In the early 80s, my father had an AKAI MG1212 - one of the early Beta-tape styled analog/digital hybrid all-in-ones. The tapes were expensive and held 10 minutes on 30ips (inches per second). I eventually learned how to hand-spool high-end VHS tape onto the cartridges to save money and have a better sound quality.
Since then technology has exploded and made it possible for anyone to make and record music. “Dubmatix” began in 2003 recording what would become “Champion Sound Clash”, released in 2004. My goal was to try and capture the vibe and sound of King Tubby and his style. Not a reproduction of his dub, but his sound and the way he approached dubbing. The use of reverb, echo and the melodic way in which he’d bring in and out various instruments and vocals. His productions become entirely fresh new tracks.
No samples were used on the first recording. I played everything except horns & vocals and had a couple of guest musicians join me. And it was all done on a simple 4 in / 4 out breakout box and ACID Pro.
Over these past years, I’ve discovered & learned a few things that I go back to time and time again. Here are a few listed below.
TAL DUB https://tal-software.com/products/tal-dub
More free TAL plugins https://tal-software.com/products
PLUGIN ALLIANCE - get 6 free plugins just for joining https://www.plugin-alliance.com/
It’s also affordable and offer coupons and discounts frequently
A big list of free plugins https://blog.landr.com/best-free-vst-plugins/
COOL & AFFORDABLE
Audio Damage - Rough Rider Compressor & Fuzz Box https://www.audiodamage.com/pages/free-downloads
AudioThing (big fan of their plugins) https://www.audiothing.net/
TOP PLUGINS FOR LONG TERM
UAD Plugins - EMT reverb, Studer 800, and pretty much most of them (Only if you have an Apollo Audio Interface) https://www.uaudio.com/
Soundtoys - All https://www.soundtoys.com/
Fabfilter - EQ and Limiter are my faves https://www.fabfilter.com/
Waves - L3 Maximixer is a frequent guest in my DAW https://www.waves.com/
DIRECTORIES & DISTRIBUTION
Indie Bible - a great resource for radio, venues, festivals, publishers and more.
CDBaby - get your music distributed on all major platforms as well as the CDbaby site. They also help with collecting any royalties earned from streaming and public performances (radio, etc)