6 Tips for Mixing Good Ol’ Fashioned Rock and Roll

One of the great things about being a hired gun is that you get to experiment with a plethora of disparate genres, honing the best tools for the job as you go. Eventually, certain truths become self evident—for instance, what’s good for hip-hop is poison for classical music (though that may have been obvious from the outset). As you go along, you begin to learn specific methodologies for scrawling out the appropriate signatures of each given genre.

How to Pair a Microphone with a Sound Source

Let’s begin with what you won’t see in this article: You won’t find the customary list of mics, their governing attributes, or a list of instruments they flatter; mics age differently, making that kind of list largely moot. Also, it wouldn’t necessarily help if you didn’t have those microphones, many of which are quite expensive.

Optimizing Your Kontakt Workflow

The Kontakt sampler plugin by Native Instruments has come a long way since it was first released in 2002; it went from being the underdog (compared with Tascam’s Gigastudio) to the most dominant sample editing and playback software in the industry. Though we’ve only been developing commercial Kontakt libraries since 2007, we’ve been using it since the very beginning. In this series, we’ll help you optimize your workflow and make the most of Kontakt, no matter what DAW or platform you’re using.

Basic Mic Placement Tips

Microphone selection and placement is an art. These placement tips can help you get started but there are multiple ways to mike any instrument, and the mics you select will affect the optimal placement for a given application. Some of these microphone-placement suggestions can be used in live applications, as well as for studio recording.