Audio & music gear articles
A/B-ing Just Got Easier - A review of SampleMagic Magic AB Version 2
When the original Magic A/B came out a couple of years ago, I was pretty blown away by it, because it made the important process of A/B-ing a mix a lot easier. Now SampleMagic has rewritten the application from the ground up, and what was already an excellent plug-in has gotten significantly better.
- 12/09/15Getting started
Don't Spit the Bit - How to make the right choices when it comes to session bit depth
You have a number of options when it comes to the bit-depth of your DAW or other digital audio recording session including 16-bit, 24-bit, or 32-bit floating point. But do you know why you’d choose one over the other, and what the ramifications are? In this article we hope to demystify the issue of session bit depth, and look at what are the bes...
- 12/08/15Getting started
Understanding Frequency Response - Speaker specifications explained - Part 1
Throughout the relatively short lifetime of PA systems, both manufacturers and users have thought about ways to evaluate the performance of a system as objectively as possible.
- 12/06/15Getting started
Mixing with Plate and Hall Reverb - A guide to mixing music - Part 61
As we continue looking at the different reverb families, we'll focus this time on plate and hall reverbs.
The Guitar Synth Redefined - A review of the Boss SY-300 guitar synthesizer
In the past, trying to find a guitar synth that tracked accurately was akin to searching for the Holy Grail. No product, whether it was a guitar synth or MIDI guitar controller was able to accurately reproduce guitar playing down to its nuances. Heck, most couldn’t even handle a string bend very well. But Boss has changed all that with the SY-30...
- 12/02/15Getting started
Customize Your DAW - How to personalize your DAW to fit your work style
Your DAW is your most important piece of software — the heart of your studio. Most DAWs offer a lot of features that you can customize to fit your taste and the way you work. Since you use your DAW so frequently, you might as well make it as comfortable and efficient a workspace as possible. In this article, we'll point out some of the key aspec...
- 11/29/15Getting started
Mixing with Spring Reverb - A guide to mixing music - Part 60
Regardless of whether your reverb is algorithmic or convolution, chances are the plug-in you use provides different types of reverb. And, in my view, the choice of reverb type is crucial to get the expected results. Unfortunately, most beginners usually make random choices, which only complicates things. That's why, starting today, I intend to r...
Black Friday 2015: A list of the best deals - Top Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sales and Discounts on Pro Audio Software and Hardware
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are back with a vengeance, with manufacturers and developers knocking down the prices of countless virtual instruments, effects, sound banks, and even audio hardware, with some deals lasting until the end of the year!
True Blue - A review of the PreSonus R80 studio monitors
PreSonus recently added to its growing line of studio monitors with its new R-Series, active near-field monitors that feature AMT tweeters, and come in two sizes, the R80 (8” woofer) and the R65 (6.5” woofer). We got our hands on a pair of R80s for this review.
5 Top Soft Synths You Might Have Missed - These synths may be lesser known, but they sound awesome
To help you avoid making music that sounds like everyone else’s, I want to tell you about some premium-quality soft synths you may not know about. Although none of these instruments are terribly obscure, each deserves more attention than it normally gets. Some are relatively new but haven’t gotten much ink, while others are all but forgotten by ...