Audio & music gear articles
Plug-ins, Key Features, and Free Trials - How to choose a DAW that meets your needs – Part 2
In part 1 we covered technical requirements, pricing and versions, and copy protection. In part 2, we’ll discuss plug-ins and plug-in formats, talk about some key features that could influence which DAW you choose, and look at options for demoing DAWs before buying.
Into the Gray Zone - A guide to mixing music - Part 17
After cleaning up the low end, let's move on to the low/mids. You probably noticed that I wrote "low/mids" and not "low-mids". Why, you ask? Because we will be addressing frequencies between 100 Hz and 500 Hz, which is somewhere in between the lows and low-mids, as they are generally defined.
Finding Your DAW - How to choose a DAW that meets your needs - Part 1
If you’re new to the world of digital audio workstations (DAWs), or just thinking of switching to a different one, this two-part article will help you decide which one is best suited for you. This is not a feature comparison of the DAWs on the market, but rather advice on how to evaluate them.
Polyphony, Paraphony and Multitimbrality - Sound synthesis, sound design and audio processing - Part 10
In the previous article we saw how a voice is defined in sound synthesis and how it can gather several oscillators without that necessarily meaning that the synthesizer in question is polyphonic.
Pi in Your Face - A review of the Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Big Muff Pi
For many guitarists, the first thing that comes to mind when they hear the term “fuzz box” is the Big Muff Pi from Electro-Harmonix. With the new Deluxe Big Muff Pi, the company has added some cool additional features to its classic fuzz pedal.
Cleaning Up the Low End - A guide to mixing music - Part 16
In this installment, we'll continue our focus on EQ, looking at how to clear out unneeded clutter in the low end of the frequency spectrum.
One Suite Deal - Review of AIR Music Technology's Advance Music Production Suite
The AIR Advance Music Production Suite makes it possible to obtain a large and diverse collection of studio software with a single purchase. It contains 34 virtual instruments, including all the major AIR titles as and a range of titles from other developers including Camel Audio SONIVOX, Akai Professional, D16 and more. In addition, you get 17 ...
Trim it Down - A guide to mixing music - Part 15
In this second installment dedicated to using an EQ during mixdown, I'll let you in on another "secret" and then we'll see where to actually start working...
Control and Routing - PreSonus Monitor Station v2 Review
There's not much to choose from in the "advanced" desktop monitor controller world ─ meaning controllers that are more than just a volume knob ─ for about $300: Mackie and PreSonus, with their Big Knob and Monitor Station, respectively, have been competing for the market for some years now. So, when one of them updated its controller, we wanted ...
The Pensado Interview - Dave Pensado and Herb Trawick on mixing in the digital age, Pensado's Place, and their new book
Grammy-winning mix engineer Dave Pensado (Beyonce, Michael Jackson, Elton John and many others) is one of the tops in his field. Five years ago, he and his manager/business partner Herb Trawick created Pensado’s Place, an audio-themed Internet-based TV show. A mixture of interviews and tech advice, the show has grown to become immensely popular ...