Which Site is Best for Selling Gear? - A guide to selling your gear online — part 1
If you’re a home recordist or a performing musician, chances are you have gear you want to sell. Perhaps you’re thinking of upgrading to something better, or you have extra hardware or instruments that you’re not using. Thanks to the Internet, your chances of finding a buyer are very good. The two most prominent sites for selling are eBay and Cr...
5 Cool Plug-ins You May Never Have Heard Of - These instruments and effects may not be well known, but they sure are powerful
Some people become addicted to plug-ins; others become connoisseurs. That is, they're borderline addicts but too refined to splurge on just anything. They need a certain something, which is what the following plug-ins — all available in AU/VST formats for Mac or Windows—have. These instruments and processors do things a little bit differently, ...
Sidechain Compression - A guide to mixing music - Part 37
Today we'll continue unveiling new tricks and tips on compression with an installment dedicated to the sidechain.
Parallel Compression - A guide to mixing music - Part 36
In this week's chapter, we'll tackle a specific use of compression you have surely heard about before, not least in our series of articles dedicated to mastering. I'm talking about parallel compression, which is sometimes called New York or NY compression. A highly valued technique among sound engineers, especially for drum tracks, but not only,...
Conquer Your Musical Writer's Block - How to find inspiration when you're stuck in a rut
It’s the enemy of creativity, and it lurks in your subconscious, ready to spring at you when you least expect it. I’m talking about writer's block, the dreaded affliction of composers, songwriters, and many other creative types. You're staring at an unused sheet of music paper, or an empty DAW or notation-program screen — intending to start writ...
And the Guitar Was Born! - Classic Gear Spotlight: The Les Paul - Part 2
The telephone rings. Pegg's back suddenly stiffens, she adjusts her glasses before picking up the phone. She can tell by the timbre of the voice that asks for Ted McCarty that it's bad news for her boss.
Formant and Linear Arithmetic Synthesis - Sound synthesis, sound design and audio processing - Part 26
This time around, I invite you to discover two unusual forms of sound synthesis: Formant and linear arithmetic synthesis.
10 Tips for Better Rehearsals - Common-sense advice for rehearsing more efficiently
Rehearsal is an important activity for any band or ensemble. Learning and working out arrangements for new material and going over songs already in your repertoire are key to keeping your group fresh sounding and tight. Too often, however, rehearsals are run in a disorganized fashion, and aren’t nearly as efficient as they could be. Here are som...
Take Your Pick - Alter your tone for pennies by changing to a different pick type
If you are like most guitarists, you are on a continual quest to improve your tone and/or discover additional tonal options. This can involve spending thousands of dollars on amps, guitars, pickups, speakers, and effects. But what would you say if I told you could alter your tone for pennies?
Serial Compression - A guide to mixing music - Part 35
Now that we've seen the basic usage of compression when mixing, I'll walk you through a couple of tips and tricks that I'm sure you'll find quite useful. This week we'll look into a technique that might seem very simple at first glance, but it isn't: Serial Compression.