Recording

Whether you’re a seasoned gearhead or a singer-songwriter trying to figure out GarageBand, there’s a lot to learn and master when it comes to recording. Frustration can set in, blocking your creative flow as you futz with a shitload of buttons, dials and restarts. The posts below offer help and insight from the studio front lines.

Modernize Your Sound & Mindset with Music Producer Nick Phelps
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Modernize Your Sound & Mindset with Music Producer Nick Phelps

“A lot of people don’t understand that you can’t just pull out an old Casio keyboard and start making a beat and think that’s gonna compete,” says sync music producer Nick Phelps. “I wanna give people a fighting chance in the sync world. I wanna give people permission to stand out in their own way. …It’s not just sounds, it’s the structure, the way you phrase something, even certain words that you use. So there’s a whole bigger picture of what modern is than just sounds.”

Dear Rich: Using MIDI Music from a Video Game Cartridge
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Dear Rich: Using MIDI Music from a Video Game Cartridge

Dear Rich: I want to know if it is considered sampling when you record sound coming from a synthesizer that is playing electronic note data stored on a memory chip. Technically when you play an NES game (’80s video game system), the music that is playing is not pre-recorded. It is actually played “live” from musical note data on the game cartridge (gameplay triggers a MIDI pattern) in the console into the internal synthesizer.