Audio & music gear articles
What's On Your Plate? - A review of the Valhalla DSP ValhallaPlate reverb plug-in
Most software reverbs offer a choice of halls, plates, rooms and other types of virtual spaces, but Valhalla DSP takes a different approach. The company has separated its reverb offerings into individual plug-ins for different reverb flavors, and sells each for only $50. As a result, you can get a high-quality reverb, albeit of a single type, fo...
- 12/20/15Getting started
Mixing with Room Reverb - A guide to mixing music - Part 63
This week we'll finish our overview of the different reverb families addressing the biggest one among them: rooms.
EP Sounds in a Stompbox - A review of the Electro-Harmonix Key9 Electric Piano Machine
Electro-Harmonix has followed its B9 and C9 Organ Machine pedals with the logical next step: the Key9 Electric-Piano Machine. This new stompbox uses the same technology as those organ pedals, and offers nine different emulations of electric keyboards and more.
- 12/15/15Getting started
Understanding Directivity - Speaker specifications explained - Part 2
The directivity of a speaker is an important characteristic when defining the size of the listening zone, and it determines how the frequencies will balance, depending on the position of the listener.
- 12/13/15Getting started
Mixing with Chamber and Ambience Reverb - A guide to mixing music - Part 62
Today we'll look into chamber and ambience reverbs.
A/B-ing Just Got Easier - A review of SampleMagic Magic AB Version 2
When the original Magic A/B came out a couple of years ago, I was pretty blown away by it, because it made the important process of A/B-ing a mix a lot easier. Now SampleMagic has rewritten the application from the ground up, and what was already an excellent plug-in has gotten significantly better.
- 12/09/15Getting started
Don't Spit the Bit - How to make the right choices when it comes to session bit depth
You have a number of options when it comes to the bit-depth of your DAW or other digital audio recording session including 16-bit, 24-bit, or 32-bit floating point. But do you know why you’d choose one over the other, and what the ramifications are? In this article we hope to demystify the issue of session bit depth, and look at what are the bes...
- 12/08/15Getting started
Understanding Frequency Response - Speaker specifications explained - Part 1
Throughout the relatively short lifetime of PA systems, both manufacturers and users have thought about ways to evaluate the performance of a system as objectively as possible.
- 12/06/15Getting started
Mixing with Plate and Hall Reverb - A guide to mixing music - Part 61
As we continue looking at the different reverb families, we'll focus this time on plate and hall reverbs.
The Guitar Synth Redefined - A review of the Boss SY-300 guitar synthesizer
In the past, trying to find a guitar synth that tracked accurately was akin to searching for the Holy Grail. No product, whether it was a guitar synth or MIDI guitar controller was able to accurately reproduce guitar playing down to its nuances. Heck, most couldn’t even handle a string bend very well. But Boss has changed all that with the SY-30...