Audio & music gear articles
5 Top Freeware Reverbs - Add space to your recordings with these free reverb plug-ins
We all know that reverb is one of the staple effects in a mixer's toolkit. In fact, you'd be hard pressed to find a recording or live mix without at least some reverb in it. But does getting a good reverb sound require that you spend hunks of money on high-end plug-ins or hardware? Not necessarily. You can actually enjoy a variety of reverb soun...
- 11/05/15Getting started
About Single-Coils, Dual-Coils and More - Everything about guitar and bass pickups - Part 3
Taking the pickup concept we've seen so far (the combination of one or several magnets surrounded by a coil), you get so-called single-coil pickups. This type of pickup produces a characteristic sound. Fender instruments use this sort of pickup, for instance. Unfortunately, this design has an inherent defect: it's sensitivity to interference.
- 11/02/15Getting started
Using Reverb - Step by Step - A guide to mixing music - Part 56
Today I'll describe how we will be proceeding to be able to work with reverbs in all tranquility.
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...