Audio & music gear articles
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.
Give Your Album its Own Sonic Signature - How to track and mix your project so it has a cohesive and memorable sound
A cohesive sonic signature helps make an album, EP or other multi-song project more appealing to listeners. If you listen to a classic album, whether it's Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon,” The Beatles' “Abbey Road,” Nirvana's "Nevermind," or countless others, you'll notice a sonic consistency throughout each one. You might think sonic cohesi...
- 01/17/16Getting started
A Handy Rule for Choosing Reverb Presets - A guide to mixing music - Part 66
My goal today is to try to make it even easier for you to choose your starting reverb preset...Yes, I know, it's starting to feel a bit like an obsession, but your choice in this regard is so important, that I can't insist enough on this.
- 01/15/16Getting started
Keep Your Music Data Safe! (part 2) - How to archive your finished DAW projects for future recall
In part 1 we looked at a backup strategy for preserving your active and recently active recording files. But what about archiving them when you’re finished? In part 2 of this 2-part series, we’ll talk about the best ways to archive your projects efficiently, and future proof them as much as possible.
A Chicken in Every Pedalboard - A review of the Electro-Harmonix Cock Fight pedal
Wah pedals are useful for more than just the standard “wah wah” effect. Sweeping the pedal’s filter to find a cool tone and then leaving it static as you play is also very effective. Known as the “cocked wah” effect, that’s the basis of Electro-Harmonix’s Cock Fight pedal, along with built in fuzz and a talking wah.
- 01/12/16Getting started
Sensitivity and Efficiency - Speaker specifications explained - Part 5
Knowing how much power a speaker can handle doesn't tell you anything about how much SPL it can deliver.