Computer Music articles
A Rapture on a Budget - A review of Cakewalk Rapture Session
Recently, Cakewalk announced Rapture Session, a new member of its Rapture software-instrument family. It offers less sounds and no programmability, but it has the same synth engine as the flagship Rapture Pro and comes with almost 4GB of content. What makes it most notable, however, is its super-low price tag: $29.95. So is Rapture Session a gre...
- 03/06/16Getting started
The Importance of Contrast in a Mix - A guide to mixing music - Part 77
Today I'll close the brief parenthesis I opened last week. And I'll do that tackling a notion that is crucial when it comes to mixing, namely...
5 of My Favorite Delay Plug-Ins - When you want to get creative with an audio processor, nothing beats a delay
A versatile delay plug-in is one of the most useful tools you can have in your audio-processing arsenal. It will not only enhance your tracks, but it can also contribute to the creative process by supplying rhythmic ideas. Just imagine how different the band U2 would sound if delay weren’t such an integral part of The Edge’s guitar sound.
- 03/01/16Getting started
Of Width and Depth - A guide to mixing music - Part 76
I feel a bit compelled to add a brief parenthesis after what I wrote at the end of the previous article. So, in the next couple of articles I will not limit myself to working with space but rather to the mix as a whole.
A Revolution in Headphone Mixing - A review of the Waves NX Virtual Mix Room plug-in
Headphones are great for checking details when you’re mixing, but to mix on them exclusively has always been a challenge — at least until now. Thanks to a revolutionary new Waves plug-in called NX (Mac/PC), you can put on your headphones and mix in a virtual control room with perfect acoustics no matter where you are. What’s more, NX also makes ...
- 02/28/16Getting started
More About Compressing Reverb - A guide to mixing music - Part 75
Today we'll continue exploring the use of reverb and dynamics processing by looking at post-reverb compression.
- 02/25/16Getting started
A/B Your Plug-Ins - Head-to-head comparisons of similar plug-ins will help you decide which one to use when
Between the plug-ins in your DAW, and others you may have purchased, you’re likely to have some duplicate functionality; that is, more than one reverb, compressor, EQ, etc. But when you choose to use one over another are you making an informed decision? Do you know how they differ from each other? One way to find out is by doing some simple A/B ...
- 02/23/16Getting started
Reverb Meets Compression - A guide to mixing music - Part 74
Today we'll see how to make reverb and compression work together. At first sight it might seem weird to want to compress a reverb. And yet a compressor placed before or after the reverb can prove quite useful for controlling the reverberated signal.
- 02/21/16Getting started
Gated Reverb - A guide to mixing music - Part 73
In this new episode we'll address the strange marriage between reverbs and gates.
JMP for Joy - A review of the UAD Marshall JMP 2203 Plug-In
Universal Audio has an ongoing partnership with the software whizzes at Softube to develop plug-ins for its UAD platform. This collaboration has resulted in many different plug-ins, including models of several Marshall guitar amps. The latest is the Marshall JMP 2203 Plug-In, which was released recently along with UAD 8.5 software. We took it fo...