The Prerequisites for a Relaxed Mixing Session - A guide to mixing music - Part 3
The simple act of clearing certain technical and practical tasks in the earliest stages of the production of a song can have miraculous effects, not only in terms of efficiency, but also from a creative point of view. In fact, it will limit "procedural distractions" that could eventually pull the rug out from under you at the height of your insp...
Better Tracks Through Editing - Part 1 - How to Fix Rhythmic Mistakes in a Recorded Track
Today’s DAW software — not to mention a slew of third party plug-ins — offers you powerful processing options for manipulating the time and pitch of your audio. But did you know that you can fix a lot of rhythmic errors and even some pitch problems simply by using your DAW’s basic cut, copy and paste tools. Read on to find out more.
Video: Komplete Kontrol S Series Keyboards - A Demo of Native Instruments' Innovative New MIDI Controllers
We recently visited Native Instruments' Los Angeles office, an impressive place where you can see the famous “Hollywood” sign when you look out the window. Though the view was dramatic, we were more focused on the demo we got of the new Komplete Kontrol S Series keyboards.
Filter It Out! - Sound synthesis, sound design and audio processing - Part 7
Today we'll deal with another element that is essential to sound synthesis: Filters. They are widely used in subtractive synthesis, which is the most widespread form of synthesis, making filters pretty common on a great number of hardware and virtual instruments.
A Visit to Apogee's HQ in Los Angeles - A Video Demo of the New Apogee Thunderbolt Ensemble
Apogee just released the newly redesigned Ensemble audio interface for Mac, a 30x34 unit featuring Thunderbolt 2 connectivity. We visited Apogee HQ in Los Angeles on the day it was released to video the new interface.
Mixing with Myself…or Not! - A Guide To Mixing Music - Part 2
We'll devote this second installment of our mixing article series to a bit of advice that is worth its weight in gold: Whenever possible, let someone else mix your songs and/or recordings
Swing It! - Sound synthesis, sound design and audio processing - Part 6
Today we'll begin our exploration of the different elements that constitute a synthesizer. "It's about time!," I hear some of you say... And it's true, but it's important to have a theoretical background to know what you are doing. Besides, it's not like I forced you to learn any mathematical formulas, now, did I? Which, on the other hand, will ...
Legendary Optical Compressor - Classic Audio Gear Spotlight: The Teletronix LA-2A
A number of outboard compressors from the analog era are considered legends in the audio world, among them the Fairchild 670, UREI 1176, and the subject of this article, the Teletronix LA-2A. The LA-2A offers program-dependent compression based on optical circuitry, and has been ubiquitous in studio processing chains over the years, especially f...
Mixing With Myself - A Guide To Mixing Music - Part 1
Given the good response our "Mastering at Home" series received, yours truly has put himself to the task of doing a similar guide dedicated to recording and mixing.
Make Some Noise! - Sound synthesis, sound design and audio processing - Part 5
In the previous article, we explored sounds based on waveforms with more or less harmonics, but they all had one thing in common: They were periodic. As we saw, if you refer to periodic cycle, you refer to frequency, and if you refer to frequency, you refer to pitch and...voilà, you have a music note. Today, we'll deal with sounds that aren't pe...