Cramming a Studer tape and 24 Track Neve into your recording space may be no easy task, even if you have the resources to get your hands on them.
Enter the latest innovations at the engineer/producer's disposal - DAWs and digitally-emulated outboard effects are versatile, high-resolution and detailed. Whether at home, in a project studio or professional operation, we inhabit a golden age of recording tools.
Acoustic sounds start at the source, evolve with your environment and then captured with a microphone. Large diaphragm condenser microphones like the Miktek CV4 are great for vocals, acoustic instruments and room mic'ing. Proximity, polar response & positioning can drastically affect the tonal response of your mic. Experimentation is the key - find your 'sweet spot'.
When listening back to your recordings sonic accuracy is key in making the correct critical choices for compression, EQ and mix balance. Obviously the better your monitor speakers the better translation your mix will have. Adam Audio's X-Art ribbon tweeter technology and low-end detail have made the A7X their most popular monitor of all time.
Comparing mixes on headphones can be beneficial in making more detailed adjustments to things like reverb tails and vocal nuances. Audeze over-ear headphones like the EL-8 feel less cumbersome than 'on-ear' models, and give the impression of more 'air' in the sound than cheaper models.
When looking to add a little colouration to your mix we'd all ideally have a Neve desk at our disposal. With LIME, Acustica Audio's Core9 technology faithfully recreates the signal path of the Neve 88 channel strip with dynamic convolution. Rather than using a static impulse to map the response, Acustica use an evolving stimulus to accurately capture time-variant and non-linear characteristics. The result? Near dead-on emulations of sought-after hardware.