Category: Music Production

What Is Audio Compression?

Compression is often something that people throw in their mixes because it “sounds good” but they don’t really know what it is doing to their signal and sometime end up over compressing and squashing their signal. The concept of compression is pretty simple; make soft sounds louder and loud sounds softer, but how is that […]

Studio Recording Myths

There are many people out there who will tell you all kinds of things about studio recording, but how many of those things are myths? An often misconception is that audio engineers can fix bad performances in the studio. A term thrown around a lot in the industry is “studio magic” which referring to fixing […]

12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief and Our Student Crystal

Dark Horse Institute is proud to announce our student, Crystal Taliefero, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, is among the performers working with Billy Joel this evening at a special event at Madison Square Garden. Being billed the largest benefit concert in history with the most legendary performers, 12-12-12: The Concert For Sandy Relief benefits the Robin Hood […]

Led Zeppelin – “When the Levee Breaks” – Stairwell Drum Sounds

Story: An iconic drum sound to say the least, this drum sound came from just 2 microphones set up in a stairwell. “Bonham set up his kit at the bottom of Headley Grange’s three-story stairwell. Engineer Andy Johns recalls placing two Beyerdynamic M160 ribbon microphones at the top of the stairwell in a stereo configuration. […]

Saving Your Data – Audio Tip of the Week from Colin Heldt Here at DHI.

Sometimes the most simple advice….can also be some of the most important. Nothing worse than losing your previous 8 hours worth of mixing…well perhaps if you lose the previous 16.

Recent DHI Graduate Justin Mehl Shares Some of His Thoughts on Our Audio Engineering Program

“My first impression of Dark Horse Studio was at best overwhelming. A few hours into the program had my level of knowledge past the point of trying it on my own for two years. Accelerated is the only way to describe how you learn here. As you’re moving along all the pieces start coming together […]

A Greeting from Carolan – Our Director

Hello all it’s Jeff again! Your Blog-posting “dude.” Carolan is our Director here at DHI and the heart and soul of our program. For that reason I’m re-posting a video clip we shot with her some months back. From her time in film out in Hollywood working with Olivia Newton John…to her time spent at […]

Audio Tip of the Week from Staff Engineer & Instructor Colin Heldt – File Management

With the Graduation listening party and BBQ all occurring simultaneously last Friday – we didn’t get to post this audio tip of the week. The day was worth it though. The graduates from our early spring class all did such a great job and we feel they have bright futures ahead. Many will be moving […]

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