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Gain Staging in the Workstation

Gain staging is the process by which you manage the signal levels in the various sections of the signal path to minimize noise and distortion while maintaining the best signal level. The basic principle...

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Why Bit Depth Matters

While discussions of bit depth may seem a bit esoteric, the subject has real-world ramifications for those of us working with audio. Let’s start with the basics. While the sampling rate of a digital...

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Compressors Explained

Compressors Explained

Some of the items used every day in the recording studio make sense on an intuitive level: The primary function of a microphone is to convert sound waves to electronic signals; the primary function...

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Ear Candy

Ear Candy

Ear candy has always been one of my favorite aspects of listening to music. Even before I started down the road of sound engineering, I always liked the bits of fluff that were added into songs. Now...

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HOW TO ASK FOR MIX REVISIONS

How to Ask for Mix Revisions

When one of the Sweetwater Studios engineers mixes your project, we try to capture your vision of the finished song while letting our own knowledge and experience guide the way the individual pieces...

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