Audio & music gear articles
Space Liberation - A review of the Sonible Frei:raum EQ plug-in
Life as a writer for Audiofanzine has its pros and cons...Granted, if you're into audio, spending most of your days testing and reviewing the latest gear from the audio world can be really gratifying to the geek in you. However, after the umpteenth review of the umpteenth virtual version of a legendary hardware unit, it can get really tiresome.
- 10/28/15Getting started
What Are Guitar and Bass Pickups Made Of? - Everything about guitar and bass pickups - Part 2
In this second article of our series dedicated to guitar and bass pickups, we'll take a look under the hood.
- 10/27/15Getting started
Why Your Guitar Won’t Play or Stay In Tune - How to understand and deal with tuning and intonation issues
What is there to say about being in tune? You turn on the tuner, tune up, and you are in tune. Would that it were so easy. The truth is, any experienced guitarist or repairman will tell you there is much more to an in tune performance than just turning on the tuner.
- 10/25/15Getting started
Space Invaders - The Whys of Using Reverb - A guide to mixing music - Part 55
We have now reached a stage where it seems appropriate to start unwrapping those nice little reverb plug-ins you all have lying around.
Jane Getter Burns it Up - We interview the jazz/prog guitarist about the production of her new album
Jane Getter's powerful jazz/progressive guitar playing is the focal point of “On,” the new album from her band Jane Getter Premonition. The record also features the virtuosic keyboard work of her husband, keyboardist Adam Holzman (Miles Davis, Steven Wilson) as well as the contributions of a group of "A-list" players including bassist Bryan Bell...
- 10/20/15Getting started
How Magnetic Pickups Are Built and How They Work - Everything about guitar and bass pickups - Part 1
An essential part of electric stringed instruments, pickups are surrounded by a mysterious aura, lots of rumors and charm. For some, the instrument's wood and craftsmanship are at the core of its sound (considering that strings vibrate through the body and the neck), while the pickups only capture those vibrations and translate them more or less...
- 10/19/15Getting started
MIDI Learn Explained - Control your software remotely with real knobs, buttons and faders
I’m often surprised by musicians who use their mice or trackpads to change MIDI software parameters, and then complain that they miss using real knobs and buttons. I’m surprised because they could use knobs and buttons if only they’d take advantage of MIDI Learn (sometimes called MIDI Assign), which gives you the ability to assign the physical c...
- 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...