Audio & music gear articles
- 09/30/15Getting started
If You're Thinking of Getting a Pedalboard - Part 1 - Whether you're buying or building a pedalboard, here's what you need to know
Whether you’re upgrading to a new pedalboard, switching over from an all-in-one digital unit, or getting your first pedalboard, there are endless options. The aim here is to give you the info you need to buy or build a pedalboard that will work for your situation.
- 09/29/15Getting started
Metering and Correction Software - The Loudness War - Part 11
In this, the penultimate installment in our series discussing the consequences of volume on music, sound and human ears, we look at tools for measuring loudness.
- 09/28/15Getting started
The Best Noise Gate Plug-Ins - A guide to mixing music - Part 51
There is plenty more to say about the possible uses of a noise gate, especially from a creative point of view. However, that would divert us from the subject at hand. Besides, by now, I hope you have all started to realize the potential of this type of processing and, as a consequence, your imagination can do the rest. So, as a sort of conclusio...
All Compressors to All People - A review of the FabFilter Pro-C 2 compressor plug-in
Do you know what ice cream and compressors have in common? Both are better when you have a choice of flavors. FabFilter’s new Pro C-2 is a veritable ice cream store of compression, offering eight different types, and just about every kind of parameter control you’ve ever seen in a compressor, and some you probably haven’t.
- 09/24/15Getting started
Ducking with a Noise Gate - A guide to mixing music - Part 50
This week we'll take a look at yet another technique specific to noise gates, namely ducking. Personally, it's not my cup of tea, but when you don't have the time for other solutions, it can really save your day — as long as you approach it with caution.
- 09/21/15Getting started
Studio on a Budget - How to put together a quality recording setup for under $500
While it may be as tough as ever to earn money with music, the bright side remains that it’s become much easier to build a recording studio based mostly around your computer — without spending a fortune. With an outlay of less than $500 (not including the computer, of course), you can set yourself up with a very capable studio.
- 09/17/15Getting started
Enhancing Percussive Elements with a Noise Gate - A guide to mixing music - Part 49
Today we'll see how to create a percussive instrument from scratch using an acoustic take.
[Video] Get Started with Pro Tools Editing - Learn the Pro Tools edit modes and tools in this tutorial video
When you're editing in Pro Tools, whether it's Pro Tools 12 or an older version, you won't get far if you don't understand how the edit modes and the main editing tools work. In this video we'll explain them to you.
Hive: Be Careful, It Stings! - A review of the U-He Hive virtual synth
Hive, the latest instrument from u-he, does not claim the precision of Diva the richness of Zebra 2, or the modularity of Bazille or Ace. No. Hive looks and feels simple, is easy to use, and provides a fat sound. Mission accomplished?
Half a Million Sounds - A review of the Splice Sounds sample subscription service
Do you use a lot of samples in your music production? Do you pay for individual samples or sample packs on a regular basis? If so, you might want to check out Splice Sounds, a recently launched service from Splice, the online collaboration and cloud-backup site for recording musicians and producers.