What Is Stereo Audio/Sound? (Vs. Mono & Surround)
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What Is Stereo Audio/Sound? (Vs. Mono & Surround)

Stereo audio has been a dominant format for analog and digital audio for decades, particularly in the music industry. It’s a relatively simple format that does a good job of emulating the way we naturally hear the world around us (so long as we’re monitoring it appropriately). And while it has its drawbacks, it’s still…

What Is Ear Fatigue And How To Avoid It
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What Is Ear Fatigue And How To Avoid It

Oh, the elusive phenomenon of ear fatigue. While not technically a clinical diagnosis, it’s an ailment that nearly everyone has experienced after being subjected to adequate sound levels for enough time. As musicians, producers and audio engineers, it’s important to understand more about the qualitative and quantitative aspects of ear fatigue (and how to avoid…

What Is Audio Signal Flow? The Full Beginners’ Guide
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What Is Audio Signal Flow? The Full Beginners’ Guide

Signal flow is one of the most important concepts to understand in music production and audio more generally. It’s the basis of how all audio systems work. Whether you’re just starting out or you want to deepen your knowledge of signal flow, you’ve come to the right place. What is audio signal flow? Signal flow…

How Do I Get Rid Of The Noise In The Multitracks Of My Mix?
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How Do I Get Rid Of The Noise In The Multitracks Of My Mix?

Noisy multitracks often lead to poor mix results, either from the unhindered passing of that noise into the mix or through the inappropriate processing we apply in trying to minimize the noise. And while noise often can’t be eliminated entirely, there are strategies we can employ to reduce noise and achieve clearer, more professional-sounding mixes….

What Does Summing To Mono Mean? (Audio & Mixing)
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What Does Summing To Mono Mean? (Audio & Mixing)

If you’re interested in producing and mixing music, then you’re surely aware of stereo and mono signals. With stereo still reigning as the standard for modern music production, it’s important to understand both stereo and mono signals and how they interact. What does summing to mono mean? Summing to mono is the process of summing…

Audio: What Are Faders? (Mixers, Graphic EQ & More)
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Audio: What Are Faders? (Mixers, Graphic EQ & More)

Faders are perhaps the most important tool for mixing and are often taken for granted. If you’re interested in learning more about these fundamental controls in the world of audio, you’ve come to the right place! What are faders in audio technology? A fader, in the analog realm, is either a potentiometer (most faders) or…

What Are DAW Groups? (Mixing & Editing In DAWs)
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What Are DAW Groups? (Mixing & Editing In DAWs)

There’s a lot of terminology in the world of audio engineering, and the term “group” often carries several meanings. If you’ve ever been confused by the term group/grouping when it comes to editing and mixing in digital audio workstations, or you want more information to make better use of audio groups in your DAW, you’ve…

What Are Subgroups? (Audio Mixing, Recording, Live Sound)
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What Are Subgroups? (Audio Mixing, Recording, Live Sound)

Subgroups are an important routing tool in our mixers, allowing us to simplify the mixing process and get more out of fewer processors and effects. Whether you’re mixing a record, recording, or mixing live, using subgroups can help enhance your workflow and get you better results. If you’re unsure about what subgroups are or want…

Audio: What Are Mixer Inserts? (Mixing, Recording & More)
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Audio: What Are Mixer Inserts? (Mixing, Recording & More)

Inserts are important parts of mixers that are sometimes taken for granted in modern digital audio workstations. If you’re unsure of what mixer inserts are or you want to gather more information on inserts and their importance in audio engineering, you’ve come to the right place! What is an insert in audio engineering? An insert,…

Mixing/Recording: Auxiliary Tracks, Sends & Returns
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Mixing/Recording: Auxiliary Tracks, Sends & Returns

Auxiliary tracks are invaluable tools in mixing, recording, live sound, and any other job that utilizes an audio mixer. If you’re at all confused about aux tracks, sends and returns, or you’d like more information to help you make the most of your aux tracks, you’ve come to the right place! What is an auxiliary…