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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…


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Best Mics To Use For Recording Drums – Part 1

Recording drums can be a challenge. To get top results, pay attention to the three elements that will render a great…


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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,…


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What to Think About When EQing Vocals

Greetings from Blackbird! Here are some points about equalizing vocals, ranging from general to specific.


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10+ of the Best Plugins You Need for Your Studio

Plugins are essential tools used in modern-day audio production. Unlike their hardware counterparts, plugins can be used on multiple channels…


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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…


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Spotlight on Kevin Becka

Kevin has been a musician, recording engineer, and educator for over 30 years. He has engineered and been on the production teams for the top names…


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…


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The Blackbird Academy Grabs ‘Top Mixer’ Award

In only its second year of competition, The Blackbird Academy was awarded the top prize at the Nashville Audio Engineering Society (AES) annual…


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Pro Tools’ Useful Clip FX Feature

One of the best new features in Pro Tools HD 12.6 is the new Clip FX functions. Unlike other DAWs that put a channel strip on each channel in a…