The Human Factor - Engineer Nathan Hamiel on the art of mastering
Mastering, like mixing, is an art form that requires good musical judgment and entails a great deal of decision-making. Just ask engineer Nathan Hamiel (pronounced “Hamel”), who does both mixing and mastering, as well as recording, at The Freq Zone, his facility in Jacksonville, FL.
- 05/24/16Getting started
Ribbon Speakers - The Operating Principles of Loudspeakers - Part 4
In the previous article we discussed compression drivers and acoustic horns. Today we'll focus on a technology whose patent was issued in the 1920s and widely used for microphones. However, its usability for loudspeaker design remained questionable up until the 1950s, when some improvements allowed ribbon speakers to be successfully marketed.
- 05/23/16Getting started
Using Delay to Broaden Your Horizons - A guide to mixing music - Part 89
After having explored depth with reverb, we will now move into another topic that is just as important during mixdown: width.
Studio Tips from The Big Boss - Producer Andrew Wade shares his mixing and guitar-recording secrets
Andrew Wade (aka “The Big Boss”) knows a little something about guitar recording. Wade is a producer/engineer/songwriter who has focused heavily on the pop-punk/Emo genres and has produced music (including top-20-charting songs) for artists on many different labels. He’s produced artists such as A Day to Remember, Neck Deep, and The Ghost Inside...
- 05/17/16Getting started
Modulate It! - Harmony Basics - Part 17
In the previous articles... Yes, I know I often begin my articles this way but it's simply because I like things to make sense chronologically.
- 05/15/16Getting started
Using Delay Instead of Reverb - A guide to mixing music - Part 88
In this installment, I'll show you how to use delay instead of reverb to reinforce the sonic cohesion of your mix.
Video: Spoken-Word Editing Tips - How to edit spoken-word audio for podcasts, video and more
In this video, we offer a variety of tips for editing spoken-word audio content for a variety of situations.
Unlocking Expressivity - An interview with producer Michael Beinhorn
Producer, musician, artist, painter… Our guest today is someone who has always been looking for a way to let Art be expressed in every piece of music he has worked on. Primarily known and renown for heavy records and powerful bands, his aesthetic vision is and has always been far more subtle and refined than his resume could indicate. Actually h...
- 05/10/16Getting started
Drive it Home - The Operating Principles of Loudspeakers - Part 3
To finish with this overview of the most widely used type of speaker, we'll discuss electrodynamic cone models. To improve the performance in the high frequencies, the cone is usually replaced with a dome, which is in turn placed in what's called a "compression driver," and attached to an acoustic horn to improve the coupling with the air.
My Favorite Reverb Plug-Ins - Top 5 reverb plug-ins for giving your mixes professional treatment
One of the most useful audio plug-in types in any computer-based studio toolbox is reverb. In this article, I’ll look at my five current “go-to” reverb plug-in choices. But first, a little background.