Should You Bolt to Thunderbolt? - Thunderbolt technology could supercharge your studio
If you’ve been paying attention to new product introductions over the last year or so, you’ve no doubt seen more and more Thunderbolt-based audio interfaces hitting the market. For many, moving up to Thunderbolt would mean upgrading to a new computer that supports it, so it’s no small decision. The aim of this article is to let you know about th...
Sample-Based Synthesis ─ Bit by Bit - Sound synthesis, sound design and audio processing - Part 17
Some people might think it's weird to see sampling considered as a type of synthesis. Indeed, throughout this series of articles, I've been telling you all the time about the creation of sounds "from nothing" and, all of a sudden, the playback of pre-existing sounds pops up out of nowhere!
Engineer with the Grammy-Winning Touch - Darrell Thorp just won 3 Grammys for engineering Beck’s latest, giving him 7 overall
Darrell Thorp is no stranger to Grammy awards. In previous years he won for albums with Radiohead, OutKast and Switchfoot. Last year he garnered a Latin Grammy for his work with Molotov. Still he wasn’t expecting what happened this year: three more Grammys for Beck’s "Morning Phase."
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.
Good Sound - Good Value - A review of M-Audio’s M50 studio headphones
Every recording musician needs headphones, and there’s no shortage of choices. It’s not hard to find a good pair if you’re spending $200 and above, but especially in the sub-$100 range, it’s more of a crapshoot. M-Audio recently released two models in that range, and we’ll focus our review on the more expensive of the two, the over-the-ear (circ...
Additive Synthesis ─ Give me more! - Sound synthesis, sound design and audio processing - Part 16
In the previous article we saw what subtractive synthesis, the most widespread method of synthetic sound creation, is all about and we saw that it's based on the sound production and manipulation modes described in the first articles of this series.
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.
Record Your Band on a Budget - A minimalist setup for tracking your group’s music
So you have a band and you’re sounding good, but you’re wondering if you have enough gear to start recording? Read on, as we’ll examine what your minimal equipment needs are to create a multitrack band recording in a home studio setting...
Little Bad Boy - Review of the Ploytec Pi L Squared Leukos Synth
The Ploytec Pi L Squared Leukos (PL2 Leukos) is a hardware synthesizer module that fits in the palm of your hand, and can plug into your computer and respond to your DAW. Its analog pulse wave oscillators and analog and digital filters can create some pretty impressive synth textures. All parameters are edited via MIDI control change messages or...