Tag: recording engineer

Tech Tuesday—How to Choose the Perfect Preamp for Your Music

Tech Tuesday—How to Choose the Perfect Preamp for Your Music

In this video, Dave Hagen, instructor at Dark Horse Institute and senior engineer at Dark Horse Recording, invites expert gear manufacturer and audio engineer Bret Teegarden to explain comparative recording techniques using different types of preamps. Preamp Options Preamps are essential for bringing the signal up to alter and color the essence of your recorded […]

Tech Tuesday—How to Get a Screaming Electric Guitar Sound

Tech Tuesday—How to Get a Screaming Electric Guitar Sound

In this video, Steve Lamm, Grammy winner and instructor at Dark Horse Institute, demonstrates how to crank up your electric guitar amp at home without disturbing the neighbors. Proper Amp and Mic Placement for an Electric Guitar To create a huge guitar sound that is relatively isolated you’ll need an amp, two microphones and a […]

Tech Tuesday—How to Master the Basics on an SSL 6000

Tech Tuesday—How to Master the Basics on an SSL 6000

In this video, senior audio engineer and instructor, Matt Sepanic, shows you the essentials of Solid State Logic (SSL) that has mixed countless Gold and Platinum number-one hits. Mastering SSL 6000 as a Beginner Watch our students learn how to operate this console with ease. Each has the opportunity to create a professional recording utilizing […]

Tech Tuesday—How to Record a Kick Drum with Extreme Clarity

Tech Tuesday—How to Record a Kick Drum with Extreme Clarity

In this video, Steve Lamm, Grammy Award winner and instructor at Dark Horse Institute, explains how to capture a unique sound with your kick drum following a few simple steps. Kick-Drum Clarity To achieve the optimal sound you’ll need giant foam blocks and a mic. The foam should be nestled around your kick drum to […]

Tech Tuesday—How to Record a Full Band for the First Time

Tech Tuesday—How to Record a Full Band for the First Time

In this video, Dave Hagen, instructor at Dark Horse Institute and senior engineer at Dark Horse Recording, guides his students through the process of tracking, editing and mixing using Pro Tools and beyond. Recording for the First Time Feeling the pressure of producing a band initially can be an intimidating experience, but this is the […]

What It Takes to Become a Grammy® Award-Winning Engineer

What It Takes to Become a Grammy® Award-Winning Engineer

It’s that time again. Grammy season. When the mainstream music awards give honored recording artists not only the recognition to reach a wider audience, but a major boost in album sales. Learn how our Dark Horse Institute graduate was nominated for a Grammy Award twice and won. Engineers Make It Happen It seems obvious, but […]

Korn Unleashes the Dark Side of Recording – Video: The Making of ‘Rotting In Vain’

Korn Unleashes the Dark Side of Recording – Video: The Making of ‘Rotting In Vain’

Something sinister lurks against the serene backdrop of gentle rolling hills just outside Nashville. There is a quiet intensity among the hovering pines and bales of hay in this remote countryside. Korn has already left the renowned Dark Horse Recording studios where their new hard-hitting song, ‘Rotting in Vain,’ was produced. Behind-the-Scenes Footage Even now […]

How to Use Serial Compression in Pro Tools

How to Use Serial Compression in Pro Tools

In this video, Grammy Award-winning recording engineer and Dark Horse Institute instructor, Steve Lamm, shows you how to control high-decibel levels using serial controls in Pro Tools. What Is Serial Compression? Serial compression in Pro Tools creates a smoothing affect for loud sound, which can be a challenge to achieve when you are compressing uneven […]

Win a $12,500 scholarship from Dark Horse Institute!

Win a $12,500 scholarship from Dark Horse Institute!

This is a unique opportunity for a chance to win a scholarship from Dark Horse Institute while experiencing a weekend full of amazing performers, food and fun! It’s all happening at the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival, in The Park at Harlinsdale in Franklin, TN, on September 24 and 25, 2016. How to Enter Simply […]

How to Mic a Piano in Stereo

How to Mic a Piano in Stereo

Microphone placement on a piano is an important technique to master when audio recording. In this video, Grammy Award-winning recording engineer and Dark Horse Institute instructor, Steve Lamm, shows you the basics for great results. Mic Placement on a Piano To begin, lift the piano lid in the upright position or remove it completely, to […]

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