Understanding MIDI Modes and Messages - Sound synthesis, sound design and audio processing - Part 12
After having discovered the MIDI standard in our last installment, let's now have a more detailed look into it.
If it Ain't Broke, Don't Fix it - A guide to mixing music - Part 18
In this installment, we'll do a quick review on how to deal with the rest of the mid frequencies and the high end. Why a "quick" review? Well, because there are no systematic rules this time around and, especially, because we can make better use of these frequency bands in the second EQing stage, later on.
Video: Ryan Hewitt Interview - Studio insights from Ryan Hewitt, Grammy-winning engineer and producer
The engineers and producers who had the chance to receive a proper education by assisting studio legends may be fewer and fewer, but some of them are really keen to give it back to the new breed of music recording enthusiasts. Ryan Hewitt is definitely one of these super-nice-but-serious engineers who talk about music with passion and a certain ...
Introduction to the MIDI standard - Sound synthesis, sound design and audio processing - Part 11
In the previous article, we saw how the evolution of polyphony required ─ and, hence, lead to ─ the introduction of computing in the design of sound synthesis devices. We also saw that the arrival of multi-timbrality marked an additional step in the computerization of sound synthesis systems, given the need to use multiple data channels to contr...
Plug-ins, Key Features, and Free Trials - How to choose a DAW that meets your needs – Part 2
In part 1 we covered technical requirements, pricing and versions, and copy protection. In part 2, we’ll discuss plug-ins and plug-in formats, talk about some key features that could influence which DAW you choose, and look at options for demoing DAWs before buying.
From Creation to Mix: The Arrows - Watch as producer Fab Dupont turns a demo into a mix-ready track
If you had an opportunity to watch over the shoulder of a famous producer as he worked with a band to craft a hit song, you’d do it right? And what if you could also download the tracks from that song and mix them yourself? Here’s your chance to do both...
Into the Gray Zone - A guide to mixing music - Part 17
After cleaning up the low end, let's move on to the low/mids. You probably noticed that I wrote "low/mids" and not "low-mids". Why, you ask? Because we will be addressing frequencies between 100 Hz and 500 Hz, which is somewhere in between the lows and low-mids, as they are generally defined.
Finding Your DAW - How to choose a DAW that meets your needs - Part 1
If you’re new to the world of digital audio workstations (DAWs), or just thinking of switching to a different one, this two-part article will help you decide which one is best suited for you. This is not a feature comparison of the DAWs on the market, but rather advice on how to evaluate them.
Polyphony, Paraphony and Multitimbrality - Sound synthesis, sound design and audio processing - Part 10
In the previous article we saw how a voice is defined in sound synthesis and how it can gather several oscillators without that necessarily meaning that the synthesizer in question is polyphonic.
Cleaning Up the Low End - A guide to mixing music - Part 16
In this installment, we'll continue our focus on EQ, looking at how to clear out unneeded clutter in the low end of the frequency spectrum.