Computer Music articles
Plug-ins, Key Features, and Free Trials - How to choose a DAW that meets your needs – Part 2
In part 1 we covered technical requirements, pricing and versions, and copy protection. In part 2, we’ll discuss plug-ins and plug-in formats, talk about some key features that could influence which DAW you choose, and look at options for demoing DAWs before buying.
Into the Gray Zone - A guide to mixing music - Part 17
After cleaning up the low end, let's move on to the low/mids. You probably noticed that I wrote "low/mids" and not "low-mids". Why, you ask? Because we will be addressing frequencies between 100 Hz and 500 Hz, which is somewhere in between the lows and low-mids, as they are generally defined.
Finding Your DAW - How to choose a DAW that meets your needs - Part 1
If you’re new to the world of digital audio workstations (DAWs), or just thinking of switching to a different one, this two-part article will help you decide which one is best suited for you. This is not a feature comparison of the DAWs on the market, but rather advice on how to evaluate them.
Cleaning Up the Low End - A guide to mixing music - Part 16
In this installment, we'll continue our focus on EQ, looking at how to clear out unneeded clutter in the low end of the frequency spectrum.
One Suite Deal - Review of AIR Music Technology's Advance Music Production Suite
The AIR Advance Music Production Suite makes it possible to obtain a large and diverse collection of studio software with a single purchase. It contains 34 virtual instruments, including all the major AIR titles as and a range of titles from other developers including Camel Audio SONIVOX, Akai Professional, D16 and more. In addition, you get 17 ...
Trim it Down - A guide to mixing music - Part 15
In this second installment dedicated to using an EQ during mixdown, I'll let you in on another "secret" and then we'll see where to actually start working...
REmatrix: The Chosen One? - Overloud REmatrix Review
Overloud, author of SpringAge and BReverb 1 and 2, extends its range of reverb plug-ins with REmatrix, which includes several convolution engines and an effects chain. Does it simply increase the possibilities of a tried-and-true technology or is it a new approach to the creation of spaces?
The EQing Primer - A guide to mixing music - Part 14
Today we'll begin to address equalization. But be warned: We'll linger here quite a bit, considering that the EQ is the ultimate mixing tool.
The Match Game - How to use a match EQ to manipulate your audio
A Match EQ is a specialized type of equalizer plug-in that works by extracting the EQ profile from one audio file and applying it to another, so that the latter sounds more like the former. This type of EQ can be used both in corrective and creative ways, as you’ll see if you read on.
Demystifying Latency - Understand and minimize latency when recording in your DAW – Part 1
Every musician doing computer music, regardless of whether he or she is a beginner or a seasoned musician, is confronted with this problem. Audio delays, erratic MIDI management, crackles, and wild pops. Yes, latency is a pain. Fortunately for everybody involved in making music with a computer, there are several tricks that make the coexistence ...