Audio & music gear articles
- 07/19/15Getting started
It Can Happen to Anybody - The Loudness War - Part 8
This is the next installment in our article series dedicated to the race for volume, its consequences on music, sound and human ears.
Junkie XL Gives Back - The Mad Max composer on his free video tutorial series, film scoring and more
Tom Holkenborg (aka “Junkie XL”) has had a long and successful music career as a producer, recording artist, and remixer — and over the last several years he's become a top Hollywood film composer. He’s scored big-budget movies including Mad Max and Divergent: and he’s now working on the music for Batman and Superman.
- 07/15/15Getting started
Dialing in a Multiband Compressor - A guide to mixing music - Part 40
In the previous article we saw how multiband compression can be used at the mixing stage. Today I'll show you how to dial in a multiband compressor to get the best results.
- 07/12/15Getting started
The Ondes Martenot and the Ondioline - Sound synthesis, sound design and audio processing - Part 28
As I mentioned in the previous article, I want to end this series by reviewing some rather extraordinary instruments.
[Video] Akai VIP Software in Action - In tandem with Advance series controllers, VIP lets you access all your VST instruments in a single interface
We recently reviewed the Akai Advance 49 keyboard. In fact, we gave it an Audiofanzine Award for Innovation. A big part of the value of the Advance series keyboards is that they include VIP software (standalone and plug-in), which allows you to access all of your VST instruments from one convenient interface. In this video, we take VIP through i...
- 07/05/15Getting started
A First Look at Multiband Compression - A guide to mixing music - Part 39
In this new installment we'll tackle multiband compression during mixdown.
- 07/01/15Getting started
eBay Selling Tips for Musicians - A guide to selling your gear online — part 2
In the first installment of this series, we talked about the relative advantages and disadvantages of sites like eBay and Craigslist for selling your gear online. This time around, we’ll focus on eBay, and offer tips for how to sell more successfully on the massive online auction site.
- 06/30/15Getting started
Stochastic and Graphic Synthesis - Sound synthesis, sound design and audio processing - Part 27
Graphic and stochastic synthesis are not very widely used and, yet, they are quite interesting. Let's see why...
A Devilishly Clever Pitch Shifter - Review of the Electro-Harmonix Pitch Fork
The Pitch Fork is a powerful and clean-sounding pitch shifter with some smartly designed features. It can produce shifts of plus or minus 3 octaves, which can make for some pretty cool and unusual sounds. With the addition of an expression pedal (not included), you can get whammy style effects as well.
- 06/28/15Getting started
Compression as Glue - A guide to mixing music - Part 38
This week we'll look into a side effect of compression that's beneficial, as long as you use it wisely. It's the so-called "glue" effect that takes place when you use a compressor on a group of tracks or even on the entire mix.