Never Say Never! - Producer/engineer/songwriter Joe West’s fearless approach brings him chart-topping success
Joe West has never been afraid to take on a project, even early in his career when he didn’t always have the requisite experience. “If you turn a gig down,” he says, “you end up in a situation where you kind of are blaming yourself when you're sitting on the couch. So I always thought, ‘Why can't I do that?’
- 02/23/16Getting started
Reverb Meets Compression - A guide to mixing music - Part 74
Today we'll see how to make reverb and compression work together. At first sight it might seem weird to want to compress a reverb. And yet a compressor placed before or after the reverb can prove quite useful for controlling the reverberated signal.
- 02/21/16Getting started
Gated Reverb - A guide to mixing music - Part 73
In this new episode we'll address the strange marriage between reverbs and gates.
- 02/16/16Getting started
Sculpting Reverb with EQ - A guide to mixing music - Part 72
With this article we'll close the study of spectral control of reverberation by looking at post-reverb EQ.
- 02/14/16Getting started
Leading the Way - Harmony Basics - Part 11
In the previous articles we looked at how cadences work and how the fifth degree of a scale tends towards the first degree (yes, I know I've been repeating this every article). But, regardless of cadence, chords show a natural tendency to lead to other chords. If you know the different attractions between chords, you can easily and quickly build...
- 02/11/16Getting started
Why You Need a Dedicated Digital Audio Editor - For some common audio editing tasks, a digital audio editor is often better than your DAW
When it comes to music-production software, DAWs get all the glory. And for good reason: You use them for all the glamorous parts of the process, such as tracking, overdubbing and mixing. Conversely, digital audio editor applications are relegated to the grunt work, and don’t get talked about as much. Nevertheless, if you don’t have an audio edi...
3 Free Amp Simulators Face Off - Comparing Guitar Rig Player, AmpliTube Custom Shop and Pod Farm Free
Native Instruments Guitar Rig 5 Player, IK Multimedia AmpliTube Custom Shop and Line 6 Pod Farm 2.5 Free, are all free amp-modeling software suites offering both plug-in and standalone operation. Each comes with models of amps, cabinets, effects, and mics. While all are designed to entice you into the paid versions, we thought we’d compare the f...
- 02/09/16Getting started
Reverb Damping - A guide to mixing music - Part 71
Today we'll continue our study of frequency control applied to reverberation by addressing damping. Usually, if you have given enough care to choosing your starting preset, you shouldn't need to tweak this parameter...although, you never know.
- 02/07/16Getting started
Reverb and EQ - A guide to mixing music - Part 70
When it comes to reverberation, spectral content is crucial. Processing at the frequency level can happen at three distinct points in the audio path: before, during or after reverberation. Today, we'll focus on pre-reverb EQ.
- 02/04/16Getting started
That's an Order! - How to create a dynamic and engaging song order for your album or EP
Let’s face it: Albums are not what they used to be. I’m not talking about the music (although there are some who would make that argument), and I’m not talking about the production. I’m referring to the album as a vehicle for releasing music. With downloading and streaming so dominant, it’s easier than ever for the listener to cherry pick one so...