- 08/24/15Getting started
Use a Gate to Kill the Spill - A guide to mixing music - Part 46
In the previous installment, we saw what bleed is, and the problems it can cause during mixdown. Today we'll look at how to remove or minimize this harmful phenomenon with a noise gate.
- 08/23/15Getting started
Major and Minor Modes - Harmony Basics - Part 2
Today we'll dive into the heart of the matter and tackle the different modes, major and minor (natural, melodic and harmonic), as well as the relative scales.
Tracking and Mixing with Nolly - Periphery’s bassist/producer on recording drums, EQing, plug-ins and more
Adam “Nolly” Getgood is more than just the bass player in the progressive metal band Periphery. He's also a producer and engineer with an extremely intelligent approach to recording, and he played a major role in the production of the band’s two most recent albums.
- 08/18/15Getting started
Don't Let it Bleed - A guide to mixing music - Part 45
Today we'll talk about the phenomenon of mic bleed, and how it can cause difficulties during a mix.
5 Free Vintage Synth Plug-Ins - Classic synth emulations that won't cost you a dime
You often hear that a $1,000 laptop today has the power of a billion dollars worth of computer equipment from 50 years ago. Likewise, the equivalent of thousands of dollars of vintage synthesizer gear often exists in the form of a low-cost or even freeware plug-in. To say it’s a beautiful time to be a computer musician would be an understatement.
- 08/10/15Getting started
It All Starts with Twelve Notes - Harmony Basics - Part 1
I know for certain that there are many talented musicians among you, even though the theoretical side of music has always put you off. Some others might have a classical education, but dropped music theory as soon as you knew enough to decipher sheet music.
- 08/09/15Getting started
Setting the Gate - A guide to mixing music - Part 44
Now that we've seen the main parameters of a Noise Gate, let's move on to the practical side, starting with its most traditional use: suppressing noise.
- 08/06/15Getting started
Preserve Your Music! - Strategies for archiving your session files and mixes for the long haul
Back in the days of analog tape, archiving multitrack sessions was not an easy task. You needed a place to store the bulky tape reels, and if you didn’t “bake” the tapes to get the moisture out of them, they would deteriorate over ten or so years.
- 08/04/15Getting started
Play It By the Rules - The Loudness War ─ Part 9
In this new installment we'll continue discussing the consequences of volume on music, sound and human ears.
- 08/02/15Getting started
Noise Gate 101 - A guide to mixing music - Part 43
This week we'll tackle a type of dynamics processing that was used all the time in the analog days, but, bizarrely enough, doesn't get called upon nearly as much in the all-digital era. And yet it's a formidable tool whose possibilities are much wider than they seem at first glance. Let me introduce you to the noise gate.