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Here is a nifty tutorial that is on the web presented by Andi Vax. Highly recommend to those starting out and wants to know the basics of EQ, Compression, Etc…

Approx. 66 Mins Long.

Lang: English

Site: Google Videos

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If you are a beginner to the electronic/producing/programming/etc  music scene here are a couple of handy tips I’d like to share.

TIP #1 Crash! Oops! Gone! Damn!

Back it up! The last thing you need while working on your music is for your computer to crash. I can’t stress how important it is to store your information on a External Hard Drive. Anything from 250 GB and up will do for now if your starting.

External Hard Drive- Great For Backing Up Samples & Mixes

External Hard Drive- Great For Backing Up Samples & Mixes

Also recommend a flash drive to back up important files and store it in a separate place. You would not want all your hard work to go to waste.

TIP#2 Templates!

Almost every popular DAW has the option to save a template. Before you begin your work add your favorite setup to the templates. This will give you a head start in creating music in your studio.

TIP#3 – PC Check!?!

Your computer is the central hub to all of your music making. Make sure to have it updated and regularly defrag and clean up extra space that’s lying around in your hard drive. Also, check to see what programs are running in the background. For Window users Ctrl+Alt+Del to bring up the task manager. See whats taking up the most CPU. If your not sure what all the programs mean Google it. There’s a wealth of information telling you what you should keep running and what you can turn off.

TIP#4 – The Throne Awaits!


Your chair can be the second most important piece in your studio. If your uncomfortable or find yourself moving around too much invest in a great chair that will keep you comfy around the studio. Also, stores like Home Depot or Lowes sell plastic covers to put on the carpet for home offices. Allowing you to roll around the studio easily and not running over cables.

Tip #5 Keep It!

So you’ve got an awesome groove but it doesn’t quite work with what you have. Don’t throw it away. Save that loop and throw in a “Customs” folder in your DAW. You never know what you can build around ideas that came out of the blue. Eventually, you’ll have a set of inspiration.

Tip #6 Take A Break!

If your spending a long time on your work take a break. Go watch a movie, read a book or go outside. When you get back to your studio you’ll feel refreshed and ready to go. You might even come back with a new inspiration for your work.

Tip#7 Clean Your Room!

If your studio is messy with cables lying around everywhere it will block you from your work. Having a nice and tidy studio will keep you motivated. Get to an electronic store and pick up some cable ties to organize it efficiently. Also, its important to have a nice desk for your workstation.

Tip#8 Organize

I personally like to keep my samples arranged for easy access. I categorize each set of loops and one shots in different folders. I have all my kick drums in one folder. All my pads or chords in one. I even break them further down by genre. Don’t waste your time looking around for a sample to use when you can easily find it if you have it organized.

Tip#9 MIDI To Audio

Once you have your parts down and you like it. Why not save those MIDI files into audio. This can cut down CPU in some cases. But remember once you’ve compressed a part you can’t undo it. So make sure you are ready to start up the mixing stage.

Tip#10 Headphones To Monitors

Don’t just use once source of output listening. Try listening your work from different positions around the studio. Also, invest in a great pair of headphones espcially ones that don’t bleed. Also, try burning your mix to a CD and listening to it in the car or home stereo equipment.

There are lots of different types of EQ out there. But in this Create:Audio comparasion we are going to take a look at two types of EQ. A common misconception is that EQ changes the character of your track. In fact EQ basically boosts or cuts the frequencies. If your drums sound dull or boring, you would need to boost your signal. With a parametric EQ start boosting the signal. However, don’t turn the width too much. You would want to keep it in a narrow band. Play your track over and over and make adjustments until you start getting a drum sound that sounds brighter. I’ll also give you some recommendations of great plugins that you can download today and get started.

Parametric EQ

“Parametric equalizers allow audio engineers to control the three primary parameters of an internal band-pass filter which are amplitude, center frequency and bandwidth. Bandwidth is typically labeled “Q” on the unit, which stands for Quality. The amplitude of each band can be controlled, and the center frequency can be shifted, and widened or narrowed.”

Try these out:

Blue Cat’s Triple EQ is a 3 bands semi-parametric equalizer that can be controlled as a single filter with customizable shape.

Available for Windows & Macs. Click on Image to follow link. And while you are there go ahead and check out the freeware bundle pack. 11 great plugins for your studio.

IIEQ is a 10 band parametric track EQ especially designed for an optimal balance of CPU usage and sonic control. Available for Windows Hosts. Click image to follow download area.

4 Band Parametric Equalizer with Brickwall Limiter. For Windows Hosts. Click on image to visit AM’s website.

Also check out BootEQ (http://varietyofsound.wordpress.com/downloads/)

Graphic EQ

“One common type of equalizer is the graphic equalizer which consists of a bank of sliders for boosting and cutting different bands (or frequencies ranges) of sound. The number and width of filters depends on application. A simple equalizer might have one bank of filters controlling two channels for easy adjustment of stereo sound, and contain five to ten filter bands”

More Info:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parametric_equalizer

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equalization