Audio & music gear articles
3 Free Amp Simulators Face Off - Comparing Guitar Rig Player, AmpliTube Custom Shop and Pod Farm Free
Native Instruments Guitar Rig 5 Player, IK Multimedia AmpliTube Custom Shop and Line 6 Pod Farm 2.5 Free, are all free amp-modeling software suites offering both plug-in and standalone operation. Each comes with models of amps, cabinets, effects, and mics. While all are designed to entice you into the paid versions, we thought we’d compare the f...
- 02/09/16Getting started
Reverb Damping - A guide to mixing music - Part 71
Today we'll continue our study of frequency control applied to reverberation by addressing damping. Usually, if you have given enough care to choosing your starting preset, you shouldn't need to tweak this parameter...although, you never know.
- 02/07/16Getting started
Reverb and EQ - A guide to mixing music - Part 70
When it comes to reverberation, spectral content is crucial. Processing at the frequency level can happen at three distinct points in the audio path: before, during or after reverberation. Today, we'll focus on pre-reverb EQ.
Limiting Unlimited - A review of Joey Sturgis Tones Finality Advanced limiter plug-in
A track with too wide a dynamic range can cause problems when mixing. Rather than using automation to smooth out the levels, which is very time consuming, a compressor or limiter can do it for you automatically. The Finality Advanced limiter plug-in from Joey Sturgis Tones gives you a versatile tool set for taming dynamics, and it adds some plea...
- 02/02/16Getting started
Early Reflections - A guide to mixing music - Part 69
In the last article, we discussed reverb time, which, in the end, corresponds more or less to the duration of the reverb tail. Today we'll take a look at what happens on the other side of the reverberation with the early reflections.
5 Top iPad Synths You Might Have Missed - These iOS synths have the power to rival desktop virtual instruments
If you haven’t looked at iPads lately, you may not realize how powerful they’ve become. In terms of processing speed, the iPad Air 2 is as powerful as most laptops, and the iPad Pro’s 64-bit A9X processor is almost twice as fast as that. App developers have taken notice and are creating synths that take full advantage of faster iPad processors. ...
- 01/31/16Getting started
It's Reverb Time - A guide to mixing music - Part 68
Today we'll dive into reverb time, a most crucial parameter that needs to be handled cautiously.
10 Cool Products from NAMM - 10 of the most interesting and innovative products from NAMM 2016
Now that NAMM is over, and we’ve had a chance to catch our breath and get over the jet lag, we compiled a list of the ten products that most impressed us, either because they were innovative, sounded great, offered exceptional value, or some combination of the three.
- 01/26/16Getting started
How to Use Pre-Delay - A guide to mixing music - Part 67
Now that you've chosen the best reverb presets, the time has come to tinker with the parameters so you can adjust them to best fit your needs. In this article, we'll focus on a very important reverb parameter: pre-delay.
- 01/25/16Getting started
Distortion - Speaker specifications explained - Part 6
In this final installment regarding speaker specs, I'll address distortion. It's interesting to understand why it's a spec that's seldom specified by speaker manufacturers, unlike with amps, which always include it.