Live Performance Tips for Guitar Players - 6 ways to become a better onstage guitarist
As a guitar player, you have many possible roles in a live situation. You might strictly be a rhythm player, you might also play lead, or you could even be the front person for the band, in addition to your guitar duties. But whatever your function is is, paying attention to the concepts discussed in this story will help you be more successful a...
Make Your Mix Punchy with Compression - A guide to mixing music - Part 33
After looking at some applications of compression at the macrodynamic level in the two previous articles, we'll deal here with microdynamics, starting with how to get a "punchy" sound.
Hybrid Mixing from Down Under - Top Australian engineer Klaus Hill on mixing, mastering, analog summing and more
“I've always mixed people's records,” Klaus Hill says, “it's just something I've always been very good at.” In the eleven years since he moved from England, Hill has established himself as one of the top mixing and mastering engineers on the Australian dance music scene.
So You Want to Master Your Own Album? - Weighing the pros and cons of DIY mastering
For a long time the mastering process was a mystery for most musicians, even those with studio skills. But thanks to all the information now available online, it's a lot easier to learn about how mastering works. That and the availability of affordable mastering software has led some recordists to start dipping their toes into the world of DIY m...
Pulsar and Phase Distortion Synthesis - Sound synthesis, sound design and audio processing - Part 25
We are slowly coming to the end of this series!
More than Just the Full Mix - Alternate mixes that pro engineers do for every song — and so should you
Professional engineers typically render more than just a full version when they finish mixing a song. They also run a number of variations, which are referred to as "alternate mixes." In this article, I'll tell you what they are and why you should be doing them, too.
The Right Way to Loudness - A guide to mixing music - Part 32
Today we'll continue our discovery of the use of compression with an application that will surely interest all of you: An increase in loudness.
Subway + Radio = Ouch - The Loudness War ─ Part 5
In this new installment in our race for volume, we'll see how changes in music listening have fueled the loudness war, and we'll look at radio's role in the escalation.
Watching the Waves - Visual clues from a DAW’s waveform display can speed up your workflow
If you are someone who’s interested in learning more about recording technology — and you probably are, since you’re reading this — you may have come across interviews with big name engineers and producers who advise budding recordists, “Use your ears, not your eyes,” in reference to making mixing decisions or other production-related choices. O...
Add Consistency with Compression - A guide to mixing music - Part 31
In this episode, we'll concentrate on dynamics processing during mixdown, and we'll see how to use compression to give consistency to your tracks. This usage, in my opinion, is the most important one, since it allows you to balance instruments in relation to each other, which is one of the main goals of mixing.