Computer Music articles
Understanding Compressor Parameters - A guide to mixing music - Part 28
Now that we've discussed the possible uses for compression, let's take a look at the way a compressor works. To do that, I'll explain to you, in a theoretical way, the different parameters commonly found on such processors.
12 Quality Plug-ins for $100 or Less - Signal processing and effects plug-ins that won’t break the bank
Although top-of-the-line processor and effects plug-ins can be expensive, there are alternatives available that offer quality performance at budget-friendly prices. In this article, I’ll look at 12 such plug-ins, all costing $100 or less. I’ll cover signal processing and digital effects plug-ins in the following categories: reverb, delay, compre...
Sonokinetic Plays a Capriccio - Sonokinetic Capriccio review
The supply of virtual orchestras has become more and more abundant. There's a seemingly never-ending rise in the number of samples, instruments and content available, in general. But what about how they're used? Sonokinetic has come up with a unique answer with Capriccio.
These Are a Few of My Favorite Synths - A synth expert picks his top 5 virtual instruments
I’ve been writing about synthesizers since the 1970s and reviewing virtual instruments since the 1990s. Still, when Audiofanzine asked me to pick my "top 5" software synths, it was no easy feat, as there are so many good ones to choose from. After careful consideration, I chose the five that I've found most useful in a variety of musical situati...
Why We Compress - A guide to mixing music - Part 27
In this second installment dedicated to dynamics processing during mixdown, we'll take some time to discuss the whys before moving on to the hows.
Slated for Excellence - Review of the Slate Digital Virtual Mix Rack
The release of a channel strip plug-in doesn’t typically generate a lot of excitement, but it sure has in the case of Slate Digital’s Virtual Mix Rack (VMR). Slate’s hardware emulations are considered among the best in the industry, and VMR offers a flexible suite of processors in a virtual 500 series rack…
Dynamics Processing 101 - A guide to mixing music - Part 26
This week we'll tackle dynamics processing during mixdown, a very thorny subject if there ever was one...To approach the topic in the best way possible, it's useful to begin with a quick rundown of the concept of dynamics.
A Cure for DI Acoustic Guitar - Review of the Universal Audio Sound Machine Wood Works plug-in
When Universal Audio announced Sound Machine Wood Works at NAMM this year, I was intrigued by what was promised: A plug-in that can change a DI recorded acoustic so that it sounds like it was miked. Now that the plug-in has been released, does it live up to its billing...
Which Comes First? - A guide to mixing music - Part 25
Before we tackle the next major section of this series ─ dynamics ─ let's diverge briefly to take stock of where we are in the process, and cover an important issue involving effect-chain order.
Put Your Best Feature Forward - 10 cool and innovative features from 10 top DAWs
All DAWS are definitely not created equal. Yes they can all record and edit audio and MIDI, host effects and software instruments, and provide facilities for mixing. But beyond those bread-and-butter functions, most offer some specific features that either none of the others do, or that none of the others can do as well. Here we present a look a...