Audio & music gear articles
Tips on Alternate Tunings - How to Adapt Your Electric Guitar to Your Alternate Tuning
Fans of alternate tunings (especially metalheads) will often find themselves with overcooked noodles instead of strings, compromising their sound. Here are a couple of recipes to make sure your strings are always "al dente."
Improve Your Mix with A/B Referencing - Part 1 - Compare Your Mix to That of a Professional for Valuable Sonic Guidance
Referencing your mix against an existing recording via the process known as “A/B-ing,” is a great way to check the quality of your work and help you overcome inaccurate studio acoustics. Here in part 1 of this 2-part article, we’ll look at why referencing is so useful, and offer some setup options.
Review of the Electro-Harmonix B9 - We test drive EHX's new "Organ Machine"
Electro Harmonix calls the B9 an “Organ Machine,” and indeed it is. Plug your guitar into this pedal and out comes a variety of authentic organ sounds. Read on to find out more.
Mastering at Home - Part 22 - How to Use Volume in Mastering
This penultimate article in our series dedicated to mastering at home is surely the one you've all been waiting for. Indeed, today we will talk about a couple of tricks to get a really HUGE sound. But before we start, a brief warning...
Vocal Recording Clinic with Kris Crummett - Tips on Recording Vocals for Musicians
No matter what musical style you're into, if you own studio gear, you probably record vocals at least some of the time. So when we had a chance to tap into the expertise of Kris Crummett — a prominent producer/engineer — on the subject of vocal recording, we jumped at the chance.
Review of the Eventide UltraChannel - A channel strip that's ultra useful
UltraChannel is more than just your average channel strip. It also features Eventide's signature delay and modulation effects, and is almost like an entire effects collection in a single plug-in. Read on to find out more.
Review of the Boss DS-1X - Boss reinvents the DS distortion pedal
This year, Boss has been releasing new stompboxes at a prodigious pace: two at Winter NAMM and three at Summer NAMM. All are reinventions of older Boss pedals. The DS-1X, released along with the OD-1X in January, is a revamped digital version of the DS-1. How does it compare to its predecessor? We tested them head to head as part of this review.
Mastering at Home - Part 21 - Best Audio Formats When Rendering a Mastered Track
In this antepenultimate installment, we'll discuss several points that you need to bear in mind to get an optimal final result, depending on how your music will be distributed.
Which iOS Modeler is Best for You? - Six iOS Amp-and-Effects Modelers Evaluated
Modeled amps and effects can be found in many applications, including outboard modeling processors, DAWs, dedicated computer plug-ins, and, now more than ever, iOS apps. Your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch can be turned into a massive guitar rig that you can use for recording and live performance. Here we’ll look at six of the top modeling apps in t...
The Legendary SM57 - Classic Gear Spotlight: The Versatile and Durable Shure SM57
The Shure SM57 arrived on the scene in 1965 and quickly became a fixture in the pro audio world. The versatile, solidly built, yet inexpensive dynamic mic is great for guitar cabinets, snare drums, horns and lots more, both onstage and in the studio. Besides its considerable studio and stage usage, it's been the presidential podium mic for decades.