Audio & music gear articles
- 10/18/15Getting started
Take a Break - A guide to mixing music - Part 54
In the first article of this mixing series I told you it would be a long journey, both for you and me. As with every quest, sometimes it's good to take a pause to let it all sit for a while and start over with a clear mind and renewed energies. After more than a year of almost weekly encounters, I think the time has come for such an interlude.
Why Not Add Eight? - A review of the Audient ASP800 8-channel mic pre and ADC
Not long ago we reviewed iD14, a two-channel audio interface from the British console maker Audient, which features the same type of mic preamps that are in its mixers. Audient recently started shipping the ASP800, an eight-channel mic preamp and analog-to-digital converter that connects to the optical input of the iD14 or any other interface wi...
[Video] Inside Ocean Way Nashville - Join us on a visit to one of Nashville's major studios
If you want to make a high-quality recording, nothing beats the gear and acoustics of a well-designed commercial studio. Unfortunately, the number of such facilities has dwindled down to a relative handful in recent years, as the business model is no longer a profitable one. One town in which there are still a number of major studios in operatio...
- 10/11/15Getting started
How to Make Good Use of Presets - A guide to mixing music - Part 53
To close the chapter regarding dynamics processing once and for all, I'll give you my take on making good use of presets for this type of processors.
- 10/07/15Getting started
Ten Tips for Tracking - Helpful advice to make your recording sessions more efficient
Mixing gets the lion’s share of attention in how-to stories about the production process, but tracking —actually recording audio — is obviously quite important, too. It’s crucial to capture high-quality sound and to get the best performances from musicians and singers. To that end, here are ten tips to help your tracking sessions go better.
- 10/05/15Getting started
Expanders, De-essers, Limiters and Dynamic EQs - A guide to mixing music - Part 52
In this penultimate article dedicated to managing dynamics during mixdown, I'll briefly mention some other processing options sometimes used at this stage, as well as the reasons why I won't look into them in detail.
- 10/01/15Getting started
If You're Thinking About Getting a Pedalboard - Part 2 - Pedal order, powering, and securing effects to the pedalboard
In the second and last installment, we’ll cover three main issues that you need to work out order to get your pedalboard up and running: The order of the pedals, how to get power to them, and how to attach them securely.
- 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...