BT Goes Back to the '80s - Talking to BT about his upcoming throwback album and his love for vintage gear
There are few musicians who are as skilled with technology and as articulate about it as BT. For his latest project, a band called All Hail The Silence, BT and Christian Burns produced an album as if it was a synthpop record from the early 80’s, populating it with the sounds of vintage synths, drum machines, outboard gear and step sequencers, al...
In Search of the Perfect Wave - Sound synthesis, sound design and audio processing - Part 4
In the previous articles of this series, we explored sound at its core and discovered waves and what defines them. Today we'll look into the main waveforms that are usually adopted as the basic ingredients of any respectable sound "lab."
Basic Guitar Chords - Guitar essentials for writing songs and playing with other musicians
Some people may just want to learn the basic guitar chords to impress girls (or boys) on the beach or to modestly accompany themselves when singing. Whatever your reasons, here are some basic chords in case you already play another instrument or even if you are a true beginner ─ no complicated music theory involved!
Avoiding Feedback with an Acoustic Guitar - Tips for Playing Acoustic Guitar Live - Part 1
Commonly used by electric guitar players, especially to liven things up, feedback is the worst enemy of acoustic musicians. In this series of articles we'll look into the solutions to play a relaxed acoustic set live.
Production Insights from a Metal Master - An Interview With Producer, Engineer and Guitarist Eyal Levi
Over the last 15 years, Eyal Levi has become a highly respected producer, engineer and musician in the world of metal music. He’s worked on 40 albums that have made it to the Billboard Top 200 chart, with bands like The Black Dahlia Murder, Chelsea Grin, The Contortionist, Reflections and more. Since 2010 he’s been based at Audiohammer Studios i...
Of Sync Fees, Royalties and Exclusive Deals - Making Money From Music Licensing - Part 2
In part 1, we discussed what licensing is, and described how music libraries work. In this second and final part, we’ll look at the different ways you can make money from a licensed piece of music, the difference between exclusive and non-exclusive deals, and more.
What's the Frequency? - Sound Synthesis, Sound Design and Audio Processing - Part 3
As we saw in the previous article of this series, if a waveform is recurrent, it is called a periodic wave. From a theoretical point of view, for example, musical notes are all based on a periodic waveform. Noise, on the other hand, isn't, which means you cannot establish a repeating pattern for a waveform representing noise. All other sounds a...
How to Get Started Licensing Your Music - Making Money From Music Licensing - Part 1
One of the few avenues left where you can still make money from selling your music is through licensing. Although the market has become saturated over the last several years, there are still opportunities.
Surviving as a Hired Gun in the Studio - Advice on How to be Successful as a Studio Musician
Between the proliferation of home studios, digital music technology, the Internet, and the development of music genres that are programmed rather than played, the amount of session work available, as compared to 20 or 30 years ago, has diminished considerably. The days of live players being used on every session are long gone. Still, there are l...
Wave's Anatomy - Sound Synthesis, Sound Design and Audio Processing - Part 2
In the previous article we saw that sound is made of waves. Like many things in life, they can be simple or complex. You can't find an absolutely "pure" sound in nature. The closest to that is the sound of a tuning fork or the sound emitted, under certain conditions...by a sound synthesis instrument! Now you get why I'm talking about all this, ...