Computer Music articles
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...
Second Wind - Eiosis AirEQ Premium Review
Eight years after the original, Eiosis presents a "Premium" edition of the AirEQ plug-in.
EQing Tools of the Trade - A guide to mixing music - Part 24
Now that we have analyzed EQing during mixdown, let's talk a bit about the tools capable of carrying out the task.
A Matter of Perspective - A guide to mixing music - Part 23
In this week's installment, we'll continue our focus on EQing during mixdown, with some additional tips and advice.
Get Up to Speed with Apple Loops - A video lesson on using Apple Loops in Logic Pro X and GarageBand
Whether you're a Logic or GarageBand user, you can spice up your recordings with a huge range of instrument loops and sound effects via the Apple Loops that were included with your DAW. Here's a video tutorial to get you going right away.
Trust Your Ears - A guide to mixing music - Part 22
To close this chapter dedicated to EQing during mixdown, I'll give you some tips and tricks that ought to help you adopt better habits.