Legendary Optical Compressor - Classic Audio Gear Spotlight: The Teletronix LA-2A
A number of outboard compressors from the analog era are considered legends in the audio world, among them the Fairchild 670, UREI 1176, and the subject of this article, the Teletronix LA-2A. The LA-2A offers program-dependent compression based on optical circuitry, and has been ubiquitous in studio processing chains over the years, especially f...
Mixing With Myself - A Guide To Mixing Music - Part 1
Given the good response our "Mastering at Home" series received, yours truly has put himself to the task of doing a similar guide dedicated to recording and mixing.
Make Some Noise! - Sound synthesis, sound design and audio processing - Part 5
In the previous article, we explored sounds based on waveforms with more or less harmonics, but they all had one thing in common: They were periodic. As we saw, if you refer to periodic cycle, you refer to frequency, and if you refer to frequency, you refer to pitch and...voilà, you have a music note. Today, we'll deal with sounds that aren't pe...
A Unique Tool for Cleaning Up Audio Glitches - A noise-removal tutorial with the Spectral Repair Module in iZotope RX
There’s no such thing as magic, but after using some of today’s amazingly powerful DSP software, it sometimes seems like there is. One product that definitely has the magic touch is iZotope RX, an audio restoration suite that just came out with its fourth major revision, RX 4, which introduces some cool new features. In this article, though, we’...
BT Goes Back to the '80s - Talking to BT about his upcoming throwback album and his love for vintage gear
There are few musicians who are as skilled with technology and as articulate about it as BT. For his latest project, a band called All Hail The Silence, BT and Christian Burns produced an album as if it was a synthpop record from the early 80’s, populating it with the sounds of vintage synths, drum machines, outboard gear and step sequencers, al...
In Search of the Perfect Wave - Sound synthesis, sound design and audio processing - Part 4
In the previous articles of this series, we explored sound at its core and discovered waves and what defines them. Today we'll look into the main waveforms that are usually adopted as the basic ingredients of any respectable sound "lab."
Basic Guitar Chords - Guitar essentials for writing songs and playing with other musicians
Some people may just want to learn the basic guitar chords to impress girls (or boys) on the beach or to modestly accompany themselves when singing. Whatever your reasons, here are some basic chords in case you already play another instrument or even if you are a true beginner ─ no complicated music theory involved!
Avoiding Feedback with an Acoustic Guitar - Tips for Playing Acoustic Guitar Live - Part 1
Commonly used by electric guitar players, especially to liven things up, feedback is the worst enemy of acoustic musicians. In this series of articles we'll look into the solutions to play a relaxed acoustic set live.
Production Insights from a Metal Master - An Interview With Producer, Engineer and Guitarist Eyal Levi
Over the last 15 years, Eyal Levi has become a highly respected producer, engineer and musician in the world of metal music. He’s worked on 40 albums that have made it to the Billboard Top 200 chart, with bands like The Black Dahlia Murder, Chelsea Grin, The Contortionist, Reflections and more. Since 2010 he’s been based at Audiohammer Studios i...
Of Sync Fees, Royalties and Exclusive Deals - Making Money From Music Licensing - Part 2
In part 1, we discussed what licensing is, and described how music libraries work. In this second and final part, we’ll look at the different ways you can make money from a licensed piece of music, the difference between exclusive and non-exclusive deals, and more.