Audio & music gear articles
- 04/21/15Getting started
Physical Modeling Synthesis - Sound synthesis, sound design and audio processing - Part 23
After having explored synthesis methods that have opened the doors to the most extravagant worlds of sound, today I invite you to tread a more conventional path: The artificial reproduction of well-known acoustic timbres, the reason for being of physical modeling synthesis.
Best of Musikmesse 2015 - The Top 15 Products of Musikmesse 2015
We were spoiled at NAMM last January. While Musikmesse turned out to be a bit slower, we still found it to be quite interesting. Specifically, 15 products got our attention. So here’s the list, in no particular order.
- 04/12/15Getting started
Ratio and Threshold in a Compressor - A guide to mixing music - Part 30
This week we'll proceed with the final steps of the method to learn about the sonic impact of the main parameters of a compressor. After having seen the attack and release times, now it's the turn of the ratio and the threshold.
Vocals Like Vig - Review of the Waves Butch Vig Vocals plug-in
In the tradition of its Jack Joseph Puig, Chris Lord Alge, Eddie Kramer, and Manny Marroquin signature plug-ins, Waves has released Butch Vig Vocals (Mac/PC), a processor plug-in designed to let you easily dial in great Butch-Vig-style vocal sounds. Featuring a very unusual-looking retro/sci-fi GUI, it offers compression, filtering, EQ, de-essin...
- 04/08/15Getting started
The Frequency Spectrum in FM Synthesis - Sound synthesis, sound design and audio processing - Part 22
In the previous article you learned that FM synthesis allows the creation of harmonically rich sounds. Today we'll see what that means in terms of frequency spectrum....
- 04/07/15Getting started
Improve Your Studio on the Cheap - 9 free or inexpensive ways to make your studio better
The most direct ways to improve your studio are by upgrading the gear and adding professional acoustic treatment, but doing so requires a significant investment. If you're not ready or able to drop a chunk of change into your setup right now, there are lots of inexpensive ways to improve your studio both in terms of efficiency and sound quality.
- 04/05/15Getting started
Attack and Release in a Compressor - A guide to mixing music - Part 29
In this installment, I'll show you a way to set a compressor that helps you understand what each parameter does. This method is by no means the ultimate solution, however it ought to help you grasp the main compressor parameters so you can find your own way, which will be very useful in the future.
The Hear and Now - A review of the Audio-Technica ATH-M70x headphones
If you’re serious about your production work, you probably should have at least one pair of premium headphones in your studio. They’re extremely helpful both when mixing and tracking, and the more accurate their reproduction, the more useful they’ll be. Audio-Technica announced several new reference headphone models at NAMM this year, among them...
- 04/01/15Getting started
Frequency Modulation or FM Synthesis - Sound synthesis, sound design and audio processing - Part 21
In the fifteenth article of this series, I briefly mentioned FM while introducing the different forms of synthesis. Now, the time has finally come to discuss it, but before we do that I must first talk a bit about...
- 03/31/15Getting started
Panning to the Extremes - LCR panning can make your mixes come alive
Conventional mixing wisdom states that when panning elements in a mix, you’re free to utilize the entire left-to-right spectrum. With the exception of elements like kick, snare, bass and lead vocal that are generally are panned to the center, tracks can be placed anywhere in the left-right panorama. But there’s a different panning strategy, refe...