Audio & music gear articles
Lucky Sevens - A review of iZotope Ozone 7 Advanced and Ozone 7
The Ozone mastering suite from iZotope has gotten better with each major update. The latest, Ozone 7, adds vintage modules to its processing arsenal, which allow you to add warm, analog-like sounds. All but one of the new modules are exclusive to Ozone 7 Advanced, which is more costly than the standard version of Ozone 7. Both versions have see...
- 01/06/16Getting started
Keep Your Music Data Safe! (part 1) - How to avoid data disasters with a simple backup strategy
Computer experts will tell you that it’s not a matter of if your hard drive will crash, it’s a matter of when. Even solid-state drives (SSDs), though more reliable than those with spinning disks, can still crash unexpectedly. And when your hard drive goes, your data is most likely gone forever, or only salvageable through expensive data recovery...
- 01/05/16Getting started
Power Handling - Speaker specifications explained - Part 4
The notion of power is always highlighted by manufacturers and users alike. It seems to have a sort of exceptional seduction power, to the point that its actual importance gets diluted in the mental image that the general public has of it. So it's only wise to be cautious in this regard, especially considering that test conditions among manufact...
- 01/04/16Getting started
It's Just a Matter of Feeling - A guide to mixing music - Part 64
By now, after several articles dealing with the different reverb types, you ought to be able to determine which families match better the goals you have in mind. Now it's up to you to decide which presets of these families are the best starting points for the song you are in the process of mixing. And this is by no means a minor issue, because y...
5 Top Sample Libraries You Might Have Missed - Composing soundtracks? Let us recommend some soundware
Sampled audio collections have undergone significant change since polyphonic digital sampling first emerged in 1979. In the early days, the emphasis was on reproducing audio snapshots and then on entire instruments. A few years later, sampling short segments off records was all the rage, and it wasn’t long before entire musical vocabularies beca...
- 12/22/15Getting started
Understanding Impedance - Speaker specifications explained - Part 3
There's no way to get around impedance when looking at speaker specs. Its rating is important to avoid frying up your amp, but also because the small details of an impedance curve reveal a lot about the performance of a speaker.
What's On Your Plate? - A review of the Valhalla DSP ValhallaPlate reverb plug-in
Most software reverbs offer a choice of halls, plates, rooms and other types of virtual spaces, but Valhalla DSP takes a different approach. The company has separated its reverb offerings into individual plug-ins for different reverb flavors, and sells each for only $50. As a result, you can get a high-quality reverb, albeit of a single type, fo...
- 12/20/15Getting started
Mixing with Room Reverb - A guide to mixing music - Part 63
This week we'll finish our overview of the different reverb families addressing the biggest one among them: rooms.
EP Sounds in a Stompbox - A review of the Electro-Harmonix Key9 Electric Piano Machine
Electro-Harmonix has followed its B9 and C9 Organ Machine pedals with the logical next step: the Key9 Electric-Piano Machine. This new stompbox uses the same technology as those organ pedals, and offers nine different emulations of electric keyboards and more.
- 12/15/15Getting started
Understanding Directivity - Speaker specifications explained - Part 2
The directivity of a speaker is an important characteristic when defining the size of the listening zone, and it determines how the frequencies will balance, depending on the position of the listener.