Alvaro Marin

July 31, 2015

Universal Audio Apollo 8

  The Universal Audio Apollo came on the market just a few years ago, and today, it has become a staple in many recording studios.  Why?   There are a couple reasons for that.  Having started in the 50’s Bill Putnam set the tone (and standard) for a lot of the analog gear that we use day-to-day.  Today, Bill’s son, Bill Putnam Jr., has created a new normal by combining incredibly precise digital emulations of classic hardware pieces, and paired that with an incredibly functional and high quality audio interface.   We can start with the plugins. Universal Audio has been building software emulations of hardware pieces for over a decade now,  and as that time has progressed,  their emulation techniques have only gotten better.   Here in the Fish Tank Studios, we have put many of these plugins up against their hardware counterpart, and have the results to be almost indistinguishable!  This is UBER important for a couple reasons. For one, having plugin versions of hardware pieces allows the engineer to use as many instances as he/she wants.  You’re no longer limited to only one use of your hardware. Next, the Apollo allows for virtually ZERO latency when recording through plugins.  Not only do you get access to some of the most powerful Audio Processing plugins on the market, but you are able to use them during the tracking process. Finally, UA has used all their knowledge and expertise in both the digital, and analog world to create an incredible sounding interface. […]
July 30, 2015

Get it RIGHT from the Beginning in the Recording Studio Miami!

Ever since the proliferation of digital technology within the world of recording, many artists have chosen to get lazy and, often rely on pitch-tuning plugins, or think that there is a plugin for every mistake they're prone to make while recording. They're wrong. As an audio engineer, I can confidently say that, despite the wide array of tools at our disposal, it is ALWAYS a better idea to record something correctly from the get-go.  Naturally, not all circumstances allow for fine-tuning during tracking, however, a project will ALWAYS become much more time-consuming and tedious, when corrections need to be made that could've been avoided during tracking.  More time equals more money. Plus, any time spent correcting mistakes, and cleaning up sloppiness, is time taken away from honing in on the sound of the final product. Over time, having tracked big name acts, with vocal coaches and vocal producers, I can attest to this fact: Every word, every note, must be completely perfect in terms of pitch, inflection, energy, and desired effect. Many times we will track a single line over and over again with multiple takes, until the line is just right. This is not to say that many artists will not repeat a verse 40 or 50 times (especially with rap) until it is flawless. The artists should be comfortable enough to play the part in their sleep, backwards, forwards, with the ability to be playful because it is so well ingrained. This takes time and PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE. […]