Computer Music articles
5 Free Vintage Synth Plug-Ins - Classic synth emulations that won't cost you a dime
You often hear that a $1,000 laptop today has the power of a billion dollars worth of computer equipment from 50 years ago. Likewise, the equivalent of thousands of dollars of vintage synthesizer gear often exists in the form of a low-cost or even freeware plug-in. To say it’s a beautiful time to be a computer musician would be an understatement.
Amps and Effects on the Grid - A review of Positive Grid Bias FX Professional modeling plug-in
The competition in the amp-and-effects modeling market is fierce, and there is no shortage of excellent products. Positive Grid, which established itself on the iOS side with JamUp and JamUp Pro, and then moved into the Mac/PC world with Bias Desktop, now has released Bias FX, an amp and effects modeling application that has versions for both yo...
- 08/09/15Getting started
Setting the Gate - A guide to mixing music - Part 44
Now that we've seen the main parameters of a Noise Gate, let's move on to the practical side, starting with its most traditional use: suppressing noise.
- 08/06/15Getting started
Preserve Your Music! - Strategies for archiving your session files and mixes for the long haul
Back in the days of analog tape, archiving multitrack sessions was not an easy task. You needed a place to store the bulky tape reels, and if you didn’t “bake” the tapes to get the moisture out of them, they would deteriorate over ten or so years.
Spring Has Sprung - A review of the UAD AKG BX 20 spring reverb plug-in
When you think of spring reverb, the sound that probably comes to mind is the “boingy” one associated with guitar amps. For mixing sources like vocals, drums and pianos, you probably wouldn't consider a spring reverb. But the AKG BX 20, which was just released in Universal Audio’s UAD v8.3 software, might just change your mind.
- 08/02/15Getting started
Noise Gate 101 - A guide to mixing music - Part 43
This week we'll tackle a type of dynamics processing that was used all the time in the analog days, but, bizarrely enough, doesn't get called upon nearly as much in the all-digital era. And yet it's a formidable tool whose possibilities are much wider than they seem at first glance. Let me introduce you to the noise gate.
Bridging the Gap - Cool crossover gear and apps for iOS and Mac/PC
With every passing iOS update from Apple, the variety, inventiveness and overall appeal of music-making apps for the iPad and iPhone just grows and grows. Yet most computer musicians and producers do the bulk of their work on a Mac or PC with desktop software. To help you pair the immediacy and fun of iOS music making with meaningful production ...
Drumming with a Pro - A review of East West ProDrummer
The drum instrument market is a crowded one, and already full of excellent choices. East West, a company renowned for its high-quality instruments and sound libraries, has just thrown its hat in the ring with ProDrummer, a new MIDI drum instrument library that runs standalone or as a plug-in on the East West Play platform, and comes with 14,000 ...
- 07/20/15Getting started
A Who's Who of Software Compressors - A guide to mixing music - Part 41
The number of compressor plug-ins on the market is overwhelming. As you'll surely understand, it would be impossible for me to create an complete list here. Nevertheless, my collaboration with Audiofanzine and my "audio geek" side have led me to try out quite a few of them. So, here are my own personal favorites when it comes to software compres...
- 07/19/15Getting started
It Can Happen to Anybody - The Loudness War - Part 8
This is the next installment in our article series dedicated to the race for volume, its consequences on music, sound and human ears.