Audio & music gear articles
Studio in a Backpack — Part 1 - Interfaces to Help Build an Ultra-Portable, Battery-Powered iPad-based Music Studio
Did you ever dream of a totally mobile studio, a compact setup that can fit in a backpack? A rig that you can carry with you virtually anywhere, and record and produce music, even where there's no AC power? Now, thanks to the audio capabilities of the Apple iPad, that dream is both achievable and affordable.
Tubey or not Tubey, that is the question. - Electro-Harmonix EHX Tortion Review
Since the days of the original Big Muff Pi, Electro-Harmonix has been building distortion pedals, and one of its latest entries is the EHX Tortion ($179). Way more than just a distortion effect, it also offers a range of overdrive sounds, pleasing clean tones, a boost channel, and you even get amp simulation via its direct out.
Key Concepts for Instrument Miking - How to Get the Best Results When Recording Acoustic Instruments
If you’ve ever recorded an acoustic instrument, you already know that there’s more involved than just sticking a mic in front of it. Factors that influence how the recording will come out — besides the ability of the musician — include room acoustics, quality of the mic preamp, choice of mic, and mic placement. Rather than going into a deep di...
Mastering at Home - Part 10 - How to Use Reverb When Mastering
In this tenth episode, we will tackle an effect that is seldom used by people starting out in mastering, namely, reverb.
Noises Off - How to Use Broadband Noise Reduction Software to Clean Up Music Recordings
Much as we try to avoid it, there are occasions when noise gets onto our recordings. It could be a live recording where the source was too quiet and background hiss was picked up, or a passage on electric guitar through a high-gain amp that was buzzing, or an air conditioner in the background that got recorded onto a track along with the source....
Stack Attack - Tech 21 Hot-Rod Plexi Review
Although most amp modeling is digital, Tech 21 has always created its amp emulations using analog circuitry. The Hot-Rod Plexi pedal ($179) is the latest example. It’s an effects processor that’s designed to be used with an amp, so unlike the SansAmp processors, it has no speaker emulation built in.
Mastering at Home — Part 9 - The Use of Stereo Enhancers While Mastering Music
Today, our journey across the mastering world takes us into the slippery terrain of stereo enhancers.
Producing a Vocal Session - Part 1 - How to Get the Best Results When Recording a Singer in Your Studio
Producing a singer for a vocal overdub session sounds like a pretty straightforward task, but to get good results, you not only need good engineering chops, but the ability to coax the best performance out of the vocalist. In part 1 of this 2-part article, we’ll focus on the technical aspects, and we’ll delve into the producing considerations in...
The Top Digital Reverb Pedals - A Look at the Best Digital Reverb Guitar Pedals
Indispensable on the pedalboard of any guitarist — right next to the overdrive/distortion — the reverb pedal allows you to add some ambient or to modify the position of a sound in a mix. Naturally, it has kept up with the digital evolution and there are many different models available on the market right now. We asked the Audiofanzine community ...
The Top Guitar Pickup Brands - A Look at the Best Electric Guitar Pickup Makers
Electromagnetic transducers play a crucial role in the sound of a guitar player and many of us like to change the original pickups on our guitars. Here are the results of a survey we ran some time ago asking our readers to vote for their favorite pickup brands.