Brad Pack

Tips for Recording Vocals and Acoustic Guitar at the Same Time


Whether you’re recording a quick demo of an original song or an intimate ballad with a singer-songwriter in the studio, knowing how to record vocals and acoustic guitar at the same time is a crucial skill for any engineer. With so many different techniques available, it’s tough to know which approach will sound best for your...


Tips For Programming Realistic-Sounding MIDI Drums


I’m just going to come right out and say it; MIDI drums are awesome.  No, they’re not “ruining music,” or “killing the recording industry.” They’re just making it easier for songwriters and producers to quickly create professional-sounding drum tracks without spending a fortune on a session musician and a world-class studio.  However, MIDI drums sometimes...


Vocal Chains for 4 Different Genres


Every genre has its own unique sonic signature. Pop music is known for being ultra-slick, while punk music is raw and unfiltered. EDM is quantized tight to the grid while jazz is loose and free-flowing.   A good engineer understands how every piece of equipment in the signal chain affects the sound. While one microphone...


Easy EQ Tips for Powerful Punk Rock


Mixing punk music can be a delicate balance. You don’t want the band to sound too polished, like a bunch of corporate sellouts. But you also don’t want the track to sound too raw, like a demo or a live show. In this post, I’ll break down my favorite EQ tips for punk rock. Admittedly,...


How To Easily Record Pianos, Keys and Synths


With over 7,000 moving parts, pianos are incredibly intricate instruments. They fall somewhere in between a stringed instrument and a percussive instrument. Pianos produce a very complex sound with rich overtones that can be difficult to record. Let’s break down a few simple techniques for dialing in the perfect piano sound—whether you’re on a grand,...


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