Should You Go Paperless Onstage? - The pros and cons of using an iPad to view charts and lyric sheets on the gig
If you’re one of those performing musicians who needs to bring charts and lyric sheets to the gig or rehearsal, you might want to consider getting rid of all that paper and your music stand, and conveniently viewing and storing all of those documents on an iPad or other tablet. Let’s look at the pros and cons.
It's Your Gain! - A guide to mixing music - Part 8
In this installment, we will examine the first practical task of your mix, which also happens to be the last purely technical one. Once you've done it, you will finally be able to confront your vision of the song with its "reality" in order to establish a mixing strategy.
Video: Taylor Factory Tour - A video journey through the Taylor Guitars factory complex
Audiofanzine recently visited the Taylor Guitars complex in El Cajon, California, and we shot a lot of footage during a tour of the factory. We put together this video to give you an up close look at Taylor's guitar building process.
Start Small, Think Big - A guide to mixing music - Part 7
From what we've seen up to now, we could deduce the following: Mixing can be assimilated to assembling pieces of a 4D puzzle according to a given tempo to form a sonic moving picture. But what can we actually learn from looking at it this way?
Time Is on Your Side - A guide to mixing music - Part 6
As eloquent as it may be, the puzzle analogy for mixing conceals a major aspect of music ─ in the end, the puzzle represents only a static image, yet music is essentially dynamic. So it's only natural to complete the riddle by adding a new parameter to the equation: Time!
Video: Altering Pitch with Melodyne Editor 2 - Change pitches in melodies and inside of chords with Melodyne Editor 2
Celemony Melodyne Editor 2 is a powerful plug-in and standalone editor that can do a great deal of impressive DSP, involving both pitch and time. In addition to corrective work, it can also be used creatively to change melodies, and, even more impressively, change pitches of individual notes inside a chord, allowing you to reharmonize recorded a...
A Mono/Poly Game - Sound synthesis, sound design and audio processing - Part 9
In the previous articles we saw what makes up a synthesizer's basic sound chain: Oscillators, followed by filters and an amplifier, plus envelopes to control them. We also saw that an oscillator can produce a sound wave, with more or less harmonics, but always based (as long as it's a periodic wave) on a fundamental sound, whose frequency can, ...
It's About the Vibe - Colin Leonard takes the analog path to mastering success
Colin Leonard, owner and engineer of SING Mastering in Atlanta, has to be ready to handle any musical style that comes his way. “I could go from Gaelic Christmas music to hardcore hip-hop to pop to heavy metal in the same day,” he says. “it's totally different all the time.” Leonard’s credits range from Justin Bieber to Mastadon to newer group...
Putting Together the Puzzle - A guide to mixing music - Part 5
Sometimes the best way to make people really grasp an idea is to resort to a fitting metaphor. That's why, today, I'll show you a way to visualize a mix that ought to allow you to understand the whole thing better.
Go Safely and Back Up - A guide to mixing music - Part 4
Before getting into the heart of the matter, I deem it necessary to deal with a subject that isn't only limited to computer music, namely backups.