- 08/27/15Getting started
Demystifying Synth Programming - Part 1 - Understanding synth parameters is key for creating your own sounds
Imagine if you could break free from the limitations of synthesizer presets and create your own custom sounds to fit your music. The first step toward that goal is to understand the standard synth parameters that you see on most instruments. Once you do, a whole new world of sonic control and creativity will open up for you.
- 08/24/15Getting started
Use a Gate to Kill the Spill - A guide to mixing music - Part 46
In the previous installment, we saw what bleed is, and the problems it can cause during mixdown. Today we'll look at how to remove or minimize this harmful phenomenon with a noise gate.
- 08/23/15Getting started
Major and Minor Modes - Harmony Basics - Part 2
Today we'll dive into the heart of the matter and tackle the different modes, major and minor (natural, melodic and harmonic), as well as the relative scales.
Tracking and Mixing with Nolly - Periphery’s bassist/producer on recording drums, EQing, plug-ins and more
Adam “Nolly” Getgood is more than just the bass player in the progressive metal band Periphery. He's also a producer and engineer with an extremely intelligent approach to recording, and he played a major role in the production of the band’s two most recent albums.
Recording Studio for Lease - Sonar 2015 Platinum Review
It's been more than a year and a half since Sonar X3 came out and, keeping up with the usual update schedule, the newest version was launched last January.
- 08/18/15Getting started
Don't Let it Bleed - A guide to mixing music - Part 45
Today we'll talk about the phenomenon of mic bleed, and how it can cause difficulties during a mix.
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...
- 08/10/15Getting started
It All Starts with Twelve Notes - Harmony Basics - Part 1
I know for certain that there are many talented musicians among you, even though the theoretical side of music has always put you off. Some others might have a classical education, but dropped music theory as soon as you knew enough to decipher sheet music.
- 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.