Home recording has become more and more common with the enhancement of recording equipment and software. There are various websites related to home recording on the Internet, and I think that many people are working hard at recording while looking at such sites. Actually, even on official manufacturer websites and distributors that handle home recording products, they publish useful interesting articles related to production, but they are unknown to many people.
This time, from beginners to those who are already at some level of home recording, I would like to introduce official pages that you’ll want to know and not lose!
WAVES is a manufacturer of standard plug-ins used in music production, mixing, and mastering. On the Media Integration website in Japan, a lot of contents can be found in which professional engineers carefully explain how to process sound.
Of course, they are lectures using WAVES products, but you can also watch the video for where you should be careful and the actual workflow such as thinking about the mix and individual track processing, and these are a must for home recording enthusiasts.
In addition, the WAVES YouTube channel is updated frequently, and various videos are released.
The audio is, of course, in English, but if you use YouTube's automatic translation function, depending on the video, you can read the Japanese subtitles. Even if automatic translation doesn't work well, it's all about the sound. So if you listen to the changes in the sound when the plug-in changes, you’ll be able to understand it regardless of language.
Next, the HOOK UP interview page, the domestic distributor of Universal Audio, which has standard studio processors and the Apollo series that can use high quality UAD plug-ins without burdening the CPU. Articles focusing on Universal Audio hardware and plug-ins, as well as IK Multimedia and Expressive E have also been uploaded.
In addition to the engineers, there are many interviews with artists & producers, such as TK of Rin Toshite Shigure, and HipHop producer Just Blaze. In addition to explanations on how to use the products, there are also details and behind-the-scenes notes on their production work, which you can also enjoy reading!
UUniversal Audio OX User File #001: TK from Rin Toshite Shigure
Universal Audio: 10 Questions for Just Blaze
The AVID page, known for the industry-standard Pro Tools DAW system, has a "customer case" section that features articles and sites that use the company's products, and some are translated into Japanese. They have examples of a large-scale projects, and there are many cases involving movie sound, etc.
For example, it was very interesting to learn about the hardships and commitment behind "Mission: Impossible" and the horror movie "IT", and the success of AVID products. They have a different flavor from music production, but they are articles that are interesting to read, and talk about what kind of thoughts and work go into producing the works.
Performing the mission of "Mission: Impossible/Rogue Nation"
“If you see IT, you're done.” Editor and Mixer Revive Classic Horror Movie with Avid Production Tools
Finally, as you probably know, the official Sound & Recording Magazine website! It is commonly known as “Sanreco”, and is a specialized magazine that provides information on equipment & software, but some of the artist interviews, product reviews, and tips on production are available for free on the website. Since it is based on paid subscriptions, the quality of the content is trustworthy. As a function unique to the WEB, it is nice that links to related articles are displayed. *If you pay the monthly subscription fee, you can read all of the articles and the price is reasonable.
Above, I have introduced some official pages that are useful for home recording. In addition to the Q&A, there are many useful websites and tips are also available on other manufacturers' sites. Perhaps you’ll find some good news for your product. Please use these pages for a comfortable home recording life!