Computer Music articles
The Golden Age of British Recording - We interview the author of “The Great British Recording Studios”
In the early 1960s, at the beginning of the British Invasion, the studio scene in England was thriving, but the British studios used different gear and got a very different sound than their U.S. counterparts. In recent times, most of the major British recording studios have closed, and for a time, it looked like much of their history was in dang...
- 04/25/16Getting started
Reverb Tools of the Trade - A guide to mixing music - Part 85
Today we'll close the chapter on reverb with one last suggestion and a short list of plug-ins I personally like to use when working with sound spaces.
Mastering Made Painless - A review of IK Multimedia's Lurssen Mastering Console
The Lurssen Mastering Console is new mastering software from IK Multimedia that was created in conjunction with Gavin Lurssen at Lurssen Mastering in Los Angeles, a high-profile facility that’s responsible for mastering multiple Grammy-award-winning albums, and Oscar-winning film scores and more. The product lets you access a software emulation...
- 04/18/16Getting started
Lateral Movement with Reverb - A guide to mixing music - Part 84
This week we'll discuss a swaying technique which will allow you to easily create the illusion of lateral movement using reverb exclusively.
- 04/17/16Getting started
Responsive Reverb - A guide to mixing music - Part 83
So far we have reviewed quite extensively the "classic" uses of reverb during mixdown, but I would now like to invite you to discover more exotic applications in the next couple of articles. These are obviously not techniques you should apply systematically on each song, but used wisely they can certainly spice up somewhat dull productions.
Fab Four Gear! - We interview the author of "Beatles Gear: The Ultimate Edition"
Did you know that John Lennon’s first guitar was a Gallotone Champion acoustic that he ordered from a catalog, or that George Harrison played a Framus Hootenanny 12-string on “Help," or that Ringo started playing a Ludwig Downbeat drum kit in 1963? You would if you read Andy Babiuk’s book, “Beatles Gear, The Ultimate Edition,” which chronicles t...
- 04/12/16Getting started
Unreal Soundscapes - A guide to mixing music - Part 82
Last time, we saw how to recreate a realistic sound space with the three last buses of the setup I suggested to use when working with reverb. This week we'll address the concept of depth in a sound space, regardless of whether the latter is realistic or not.
5 Multi-Effects Plug-Ins You Might Have Missed - Multiply your creative processing with these multi-effects plug-ins
You could collect individual plug-ins that deliver the kinds of effects you use most; that’s one approach, and a popular one. Another is to use a single plug-in that offers lots of effects for sound design, recording tracks and mixing them down. Personally, I enjoy discovering new timbres purely for the fun of it, and multi-effects processors co...
- 03/27/16Getting started
Glue It Down with Reverb - A guide to mixing music - Part 80
Today I'll focus on the sixth bus of my personal reverb mixing setup. As I told you before, this bus is aimed at producing the so-called "glue" effect. In other words, the more or less signal you send from each of the tracks towards this bus, the more coherent the overall mix should sound.
A Big Bundle of Processing - A video review of Eventide Anthology X
The Eventide Anthology X bundle ($999 street) offers users a large collection of effects processing plug-ins. Although there's an emphasis on the harmonizer/delay type effects that Eventide is famous for, you also get EQs, channel strips, a reverb, phase alignment plug-ins, and more. Many of the processors are digital recreations of analog hardw...