Recording Piano 101

Greetings from Blackbird Studio and The Blackbird Academy! The acoustic piano is one of the most wonderful instruments we get the pleasure to record. Invented…


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What to Consider When Recording Bass Guitar

Bass guitar recording is an important skill. The bass provides the harmonic foundation for the music, and helps form the rhythmic pulse. It can create the…


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The Studio Production Hierarchy

Greetings! Here at The Blackbird Academy, we teach many subjects: technology and techniques, critical listening, business skills, history, acoustics, studio…


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Pro Tools Tips: Playlists and Comping

Pro Tools Playlists One key to quick and effective recording is the use of Pro Tools playlists. Playlists allow us to save and switch between multiple…


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Audio Advice with Mark Rubel

Mark Rubel is the Director of Education, an instructor, and an integral component of the BBA team. Mark has recorded and produced extensively since 1980, both…


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Audio Quick Tip #3: Everything is an EQ

Here’s the third installment of a series of recording hints, tips, tricks and ideas, from the front of the Blackbird Academy classroom.


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Audio Quick Tip #2: Carry a ‘Crash’ Kit

As an Emergency Medical Technician would always carry a set of first aid tools, so should audio engineers carry a crash kit, at least in their vehicle.…


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Audio Quick Tip#1: Recording Background Vocals

Greetings! Here’s the first installment of a series of recording hints, tips, tricks and ideas, from the front of The Blackbird Academy classroom. This first…


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