Audio & music gear articles
- 01/11/17Getting started
Recording a hardware synth - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 17
This week we'll tackle a somewhat peculiar case: hardware synthesizers.
- 01/03/17Getting started
Tidy up! - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 16
I'll dedicate the first article of the year in this series to tidiness in your home studio. I know it seems a bit off-topic, but trust me it is much more important than it appears at first sight.
- 12/18/16Getting started
How to automate your mix - A guide to mixing music - Part 109
Up to now we've seen automation from a relatively theoretical point of view. That's all very nice, but the time has come to really take the plunge. And that's when the questions start to arise: how should you go about with it? Should you use a control surface or the mouse? In real time or not? That's what we are about to discover...
Four channels for a true pro - Q&A with Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid
Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid can pride himself of having influenced an entire generation of guitar players by establishing himself in the late '80s as as a household name in the "fusion" world, or as he liked to call it back then, a blend of different musical styles.
- 11/30/16Getting started
Acoustic treatment for a home studio - Setting Up Your Home Studio - Part 5
Having a soundproof home studio is very nice. But that's far from enough to make a room ideal to record and mix music. Enter acoustic treatment.
- 11/01/16Getting started
Functional automation - A guide to mixing music - Part 104
After addressing the "whys" of automation last week it's only logical that we start looking into the "hows" this week.
A brief history of the Talk Box - History of the Talk Box
Although many hits have been marked by the Talk Box sound — take, for instance, California Love by 2Pac, Livin’ on a Prayer by Bon Jovi or Pigs by Pink Floyd — it still remains a little known effect. Often confused with the vocoder, the wah wah and even auto-tune, this mighty vocal machine is much older than you might think. At a time when there...
- 10/20/16Getting started
Introduction to automation - A guide to mixing music - Part 103
If you were to have the chance to look at the mix session of a commercial song you'd be more surprised by the sheer exuberance of automation lines than by the number of plug-ins used. However, most budding engineers have the unfortunate tendency to neglect this stage of the mixing process. Which is a real pity because, apart from being a preroga...
- 10/19/16Getting started
The top small brands for guitar effect pedals - The best small brands for guitar effect pedals
The long-awaited poll regarding "small" guitar effect pedal brands is finally here! It's open season for anybody who likes controversy!
- 10/13/16Getting started
The best MIDI interfaces for less than $100 - The top MIDI interfaces for less than $100
Many modern audio interfaces don't offer MIDI connections anymore. And yet lots of us still have MIDI keyboards and/or controllers we don't want to let go of. Fortunately, there are some inexpensive MIDI interfaces that allow you to give a second life to your beloved gear. With this in mind we asked our French readers to vote for their favorite ...