Audio & music gear articles
- 03/19/16Getting started
Choosing Reverb Sounds - A guide to mixing music - Part 79
Today we'll follow up on the previous article by discussing the presets for five of the nine reverb buses of the template I proposed.
- 03/17/16Getting started
The Best DJ CD Decks for Around $500 - The top budget CD decks for DJs
Even if DJs are turning more and more towards immaterial formats nowadays, it's still useful to keep a good old CD player lying around, one that can play back normal Red Book CDs as well as those stacked with compressed files. There are different models for around $500. We asked the global Audiofanzine community which ones are their favorites, s...
- 03/16/16Getting started
The Ears Have It! (part 2) - The challenges of adjusting to an in-ear monitor system
In part 1, we talked about how in-ear monitors can benefit performing musicians, this time around, we'll look at some of the issues you'll face using an in-ear system.
- 03/15/16Getting started
The Best Strings for Electric Guitar - Top Brands for Electric Guitar Strings
Every guitarist needs strings, and lots of them, so choosing the right type is important. Despite their seeming simplicity, these metallic threads can guarantee tuning stability, long-term durability and a matching sound for the guitar. We polled 1,223 members of the French version of Audiofanzine to come up with these rankings, and we thought w...
- 03/13/16Getting started
Getting Down to Work with Reverb - A guide to mixing music - Part 78
We have been discussing reverb for quite some time now, although in a more or less theoretical way. I know it can get a bit frustrating but, trust me, it was necessary. Now that we are done with all the theory, it's time to move on to more practical things. Hallelujah my friends, the fun begins!
- 03/10/16Getting started
The Ears Have It! (part 1) - Improve your band’s onstage sound with in-ear monitors
Bands frequently run their stage monitors super loud in order to better hear themselves singing. But in the process, they're not only increasing stage volume to unbearable levels, they're also sabotaging the sound heard by the audience. Loud monitors frequently bleed into the front-of-house, causing a degradation of sound quality due to phase is...
A Rapture on a Budget - A review of Cakewalk Rapture Session
Recently, Cakewalk announced Rapture Session, a new member of its Rapture software-instrument family. It offers less sounds and no programmability, but it has the same synth engine as the flagship Rapture Pro and comes with almost 4GB of content. What makes it most notable, however, is its super-low price tag: $29.95. So is Rapture Session a gre...
- 03/06/16Getting started
The Importance of Contrast in a Mix - A guide to mixing music - Part 77
Today I'll close the brief parenthesis I opened last week. And I'll do that tackling a notion that is crucial when it comes to mixing, namely...
5 of My Favorite Delay Plug-Ins - When you want to get creative with an audio processor, nothing beats a delay
A versatile delay plug-in is one of the most useful tools you can have in your audio-processing arsenal. It will not only enhance your tracks, but it can also contribute to the creative process by supplying rhythmic ideas. Just imagine how different the band U2 would sound if delay weren’t such an integral part of The Edge’s guitar sound.
- 03/01/16Getting started
Of Width and Depth - A guide to mixing music - Part 76
I feel a bit compelled to add a brief parenthesis after what I wrote at the end of the previous article. So, in the next couple of articles I will not limit myself to working with space but rather to the mix as a whole.