Category Archives: Techniques

The World’s Best Books On Creating, Recording and Publishing Music

If you’re reading this issue of Scientist, we can assume a few things about you. 1) You have fantastic taste. 2) You’re smarter than the average soprano. 3) You love music. 4) You love reading almost as much. The official TMimaS music library is an expansive one. This month, we present a few of our […]

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Guitar and Bass Setups Part 2: Intonation

Last week, we learned how to quickly and easily diagnose and correct basic issues in the guitar’s neck, immediately improving playability and tone. Join us again this week as we zero in on the bridge to fix the intonation issues that drive listeners crazy. INTONATION An appropriately rickety-sounding guitar can fit perfectly in the right […]

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Studio Skillset – Guitar and Bass Setups Part 1: Neck Adjustment and Action

A well set-up guitar or bass is a joy to play and to record. But a poorly looked-after instrument can bring a tracking date to a grind. This week, learn how to save a session with a pocketful of Allen wrenches. Aside from bad playing, nothing can rob a guitar or bass of its tone […]

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Beyond The Basics: Serial Skills, Simplified.

Like Parallel Compression, Serial Compression is one of those esoteric terms that seems to pop up in recording magazines from time to time. While the name might seem abstruse and academic, the process is anything but: “Putting one compressor before another is something that was going on long before it got a fancy name that […]

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Avoiding Crimes Against Speakers: 3 Tips from a Mastering Engineer

In this guest post, Scott Craggs of Old Colony Mastering provides an easy pre-mastering checklist to help improve any mix. As a mastering engineer, I’m pretty convinced I have the best job in the world. I get to sit in a comfy chair in an air-conditioned room, listening to cool new music on really expensive […]

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Studio Skillset: Drum Tuning Essentials

Great drum sounds start with great-sounding drums. Today, we have more tools than ever to aid us in creating compelling drums sounds. So why is it still so rare and startlingly satisfying to hear great-sounding drum recordings? The truth is that few drummers (and even fewer engineers) have developed a sense for tuning drums to […]

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Behind the Release: Booker T. Jones’ The Road From Memphis

From the beginning of our conversation, engineer Gabe Roth’s tone is decisive: “To me, Booker T. Jones is an institution, man. As an essential part of the MGs he not only backed on, but also wrote and produced hundreds of great recordings. I find records all the time with his name on them in one […]

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Behind the Release: Sondre Lerche

“I think it’s my most intuitive record,” says Sondre Lerche. “It was fast. Super fast.” There’s a boyish charm about this Norwegian-born songwriter that’s hard to miss. In person, Lerche is immediately engaging. Sandy-haired, with a quirky kind of handsomeness and perpetually lopsided smile, he bounces subtly in place as he speaks, giving him an […]

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Beyond the Basics: Parallel Processing Demystified

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“Parallel Processing” is a term that can describe a number of techniques engineers use in pursuit of punchy, relentless backbeats, rock-solid bass-lines, and vocals that speak with power and nuance. At its most basic level, this family of tactics is at play whenever we duplicate an audio feed, and treat each copy of that feed […]

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Behind the Release: The Book of Knots “Garden of Fainting Stars”

THE SOUND: When told you’re about to hear a “Producer’s album,” it’s easy to imagine something like a finely-honed Swiss watch. The last thing to expect might be The Book of Knots’ critically acclaimed 2007 release, Traineater, a crumbling, over-wound, “endlessly clacking cuckoo-clock”- to borrow the words of Joel Hamilton, the Brooklyn-based producer/engineer who is […]

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