Audio & music gear articles
Putting Together the Puzzle - A guide to mixing music - Part 5
Sometimes the best way to make people really grasp an idea is to resort to a fitting metaphor. That's why, today, I'll show you a way to visualize a mix that ought to allow you to understand the whole thing better.
Danish Sound - Dynaudio BM Compact mkIII review
Lack of space is a well-known issue for most people living in cities. When you live in a small apartment and you make computer music, every single inch counts. That's why one particular model caught our eye when Dynaudio introduced the mkIII versions of its BM series: The BM Compact mkIII. These seem like a couple of BM5 mkIII speakers that unde...
Go Safely and Back Up - A guide to mixing music - Part 4
Before getting into the heart of the matter, I deem it necessary to deal with a subject that isn't only limited to computer music, namely backups.
More than Just Another Reverb - Review of Eventide UltraReverb
Eventide’s UltraReverb is an algorithmic reverb plug-in that offers impressive sound quality, sonic control and flexibility, making it a potent contender in the reverb plug-in wars. Not only does it feature reverb, but also a built-in compressor (mainly for compressing the reverb signal) and stereo delay line. As a result, it’s useful both for b...
Better Tracks Through Editing - Part 2 - How to replace bad notes or chords via copy and paste
In part 1 of this article we discussed using cut, copy and paste editing techniques to fix rhythmic mistakes. This time around, we'll use those same edit tools to replace notes that are the wrong pitch or badly played.
Vernon Reid Talks Tech - The Living Colour guitarist on film scoring, DAWs, amp simulators and more
When you hear the name Vernon Reid, your first thought is probably of his work with Living Colour, featuring his speedy and inventive guitar playing. But Reid is also an accomplished composer, scoring for films and TV, and he enjoys talking about gear and technology. Audiofanzine recently had a chance to chat with Reid about those subjects and m...
The Wet/Dry/Wet Technique - Improve your sound when using time-based effects in your guitar setup
Reverb, delay and all other so-called time-based effects can sometimes "dirty up" your basic guitar sound to the point that you are forced to reduce their level in order to preserve a minimum of audio precision. Here's a way to get around that particular problem.
The Prerequisites for a Relaxed Mixing Session - A guide to mixing music - Part 3
The simple act of clearing certain technical and practical tasks in the earliest stages of the production of a song can have miraculous effects, not only in terms of efficiency, but also from a creative point of view. In fact, it will limit "procedural distractions" that could eventually pull the rug out from under you at the height of your insp...
Better Tracks Through Editing - Part 1 - How to Fix Rhythmic Mistakes in a Recorded Track
Today’s DAW software — not to mention a slew of third party plug-ins — offers you powerful processing options for manipulating the time and pitch of your audio. But did you know that you can fix a lot of rhythmic errors and even some pitch problems simply by using your DAW’s basic cut, copy and paste tools. Read on to find out more.
Video: Komplete Kontrol S Series Keyboards - A Demo of Native Instruments' Innovative New MIDI Controllers
We recently visited Native Instruments' Los Angeles office, an impressive place where you can see the famous “Hollywood” sign when you look out the window. Though the view was dramatic, we were more focused on the demo we got of the new Komplete Kontrol S Series keyboards.