Audio & music gear articles
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...
- 10/11/15Getting started
How to Make Good Use of Presets - A guide to mixing music - Part 53
To close the chapter regarding dynamics processing once and for all, I'll give you my take on making good use of presets for this type of processors.
- 10/07/15Getting started
Ten Tips for Tracking - Helpful advice to make your recording sessions more efficient
Mixing gets the lion’s share of attention in how-to stories about the production process, but tracking —actually recording audio — is obviously quite important, too. It’s crucial to capture high-quality sound and to get the best performances from musicians and singers. To that end, here are ten tips to help your tracking sessions go better.
- 10/05/15Getting started
Expanders, De-essers, Limiters and Dynamic EQs - A guide to mixing music - Part 52
In this penultimate article dedicated to managing dynamics during mixdown, I'll briefly mention some other processing options sometimes used at this stage, as well as the reasons why I won't look into them in detail.
- 10/01/15Getting started
If You're Thinking About Getting a Pedalboard - Part 2 - Pedal order, powering, and securing effects to the pedalboard
In the second and last installment, we’ll cover three main issues that you need to work out order to get your pedalboard up and running: The order of the pedals, how to get power to them, and how to attach them securely.