- 10/18/15Getting started
Take a Break - A guide to mixing music - Part 54
In the first article of this mixing series I told you it would be a long journey, both for you and me. As with every quest, sometimes it's good to take a pause to let it all sit for a while and start over with a clear mind and renewed energies. After more than a year of almost weekly encounters, I think the time has come for such an interlude.
[Video] Inside Ocean Way Nashville - Join us on a visit to one of Nashville's major studios
If you want to make a high-quality recording, nothing beats the gear and acoustics of a well-designed commercial studio. Unfortunately, the number of such facilities has dwindled down to a relative handful in recent years, as the business model is no longer a profitable one. One town in which there are still a number of major studios in operatio...
- 10/13/15Getting started
The Perfect Cadence...and More - Harmony Basics - Part 7
If you think of music as a language, then you could say that it's made up of phrases, with cadences acting like punctuation marks.
- 10/11/15Getting started
How to Make Good Use of Presets - A guide to mixing music - Part 53
To close the chapter regarding dynamics processing once and for all, I'll give you my take on making good use of presets for this type of processors.
- 10/08/15Getting started
Get the Most from Your Album Release - A step-by-step plan for maximizing exposure when you release your album
Today, it's easy to get your music distributed. But if you want to maximize your promotion, it helps to put together a timeline and plan your release. Promotion is time-sensitive, but if you can coordinate the press, new media, and social media, you'll be able to time your coverage to hit all at once. This combined exposure can build buzz that m...
- 10/07/15Getting started
Ten Tips for Tracking - Helpful advice to make your recording sessions more efficient
Mixing gets the lion’s share of attention in how-to stories about the production process, but tracking —actually recording audio — is obviously quite important, too. It’s crucial to capture high-quality sound and to get the best performances from musicians and singers. To that end, here are ten tips to help your tracking sessions go better.
- 10/06/15Getting started
The Other Degrees of a Major Scale and the Minor Mode - Harmony Basics - Part 6
As we saw in the previous article, the I, IV and V chords of a major scale are themselves...major!
- 10/05/15Getting started
Expanders, De-essers, Limiters and Dynamic EQs - A guide to mixing music - Part 52
In this penultimate article dedicated to managing dynamics during mixdown, I'll briefly mention some other processing options sometimes used at this stage, as well as the reasons why I won't look into them in detail.
- 10/04/15Getting started
Your Ears, Your Music, Your Hearing - The Loudness War - Part 12
In this final installment of the series, we present a Q&A with Dr Thierry Briche, ENT specialist, and the former chief of the prestigious Val-de-Grâce Hospital in Paris, France. He was kind enough to talk to us about the ear, its architecture, risks, and potential injuries.
- 10/01/15Getting started
If You're Thinking About Getting a Pedalboard - Part 2 - Pedal order, powering, and securing effects to the pedalboard
In the second and last installment, we’ll cover three main issues that you need to work out order to get your pedalboard up and running: The order of the pedals, how to get power to them, and how to attach them securely.