The Amp That Armed the British Invasion - Classic Gear Spotlight: The Vox AC30
In today’s digitally dominated world of music gear, one way to tell how highly a guitar amp is regarded is whether it’s been emulated in major amp-modeling software packages. One of the amps you'll find in virtually all modeling applications or plug-ins is the Vox AC30.
Journey to the Core of Sound - Sound Synthesis, Sound Design and Audio Processing - Part 1
Throughout history, humans all around the globe have never stopped diversifying the uses of music ─ ritual, recreational, intellectual, etc. ─ and have produced it using their voices and bodies or through the development and practice of musical instruments. Through the 19th century, the basic methods for creating music were the same: Hitting ani...
iOS Onstage - An iPhone, iPod touch, and Especially an iPad, Can Greatly Improve Your Live Setup
With the right apps and accessories, an iPhone, an iPod touch and especially an iPad can be a real boon to your live performance setup. Your iDevice can function as a sound source, effects processor, as a controller for hardware, and more. Let’s peruse the possibilities.
Home Mastering: the Complete 22-Episode Season! - The Ultimate Guide to Mastering Music in a Home Studio
After more than 20 weeks, the time has finally come for the last installment in our series dedicated to mastering at home. Today we won't be making any miraculous revelations. Instead, we'll give you one final piece of advice, "for the road."
Getting Down to "Bassics" - Create Authentic Sounding MIDI Bass Guitar Parts
If you're a recording musician who doesn't play bass, creating realistic MIDI bass guitar parts can be a challenge. The tips and techniques offered in this article will help you put together authentic sounding tracks.
A Sonic Guru Speaks - Richard Devine on sound design, synths, software, studios and more
You may have heard Richard Devine’s distinctive electronic compositions, or seen his name on patch collections in various synths, but most likely when you hear his work it’s a system sound in a computer program, app, or hardware device, or a sound for a TV commercial. We caught up with him to ask about his work, his gear, and his techniques.
Improve Your Mix with A/B Referencing -Part 2 - What to Listen For When Comparing a Mix
In part 1 we looked at different ways to setup your gear for an A/B comparison. This time, we’ll offer some suggestions for specific aspects to focus on during your referencing session.
Tips on Alternate Tunings - How to Adapt Your Electric Guitar to Your Alternate Tuning
Fans of alternate tunings (especially metalheads) will often find themselves with overcooked noodles instead of strings, compromising their sound. Here are a couple of recipes to make sure your strings are always "al dente."
Improve Your Mix with A/B Referencing - Part 1 - Compare Your Mix to That of a Professional for Valuable Sonic Guidance
Referencing your mix against an existing recording via the process known as “A/B-ing,” is a great way to check the quality of your work and help you overcome inaccurate studio acoustics. Here in part 1 of this 2-part article, we’ll look at why referencing is so useful, and offer some setup options.
Get Ready, Get Setlist, Go! - Strategically Planning Your Set List Can Make All the Difference
A well thought out setlist is critical to the success of your gig. Whether for a band or a solo singer, the order in which you play your songs could mean the difference between a good show and a great show. A poorly constructed set list can cause the audience to turn off in the middle of your show.