- 06/15/16Getting started
The Enemy of the Good is Volume - How to keep excessive stage levels from ruining your band’s sound
Many factors can negatively impact your band’s sound, from lack of rehearsal to bad acoustics to feedback to malfunctioning gear to burnt-out sound engineers. But perhaps the most consistent impediment to sounding good is excessive stage volume. Yes, we all like to let it rip onstage, but by allowing our levels to get out of control, we can ruin...
- 06/14/16Getting started
The Right Place for Your Home Studio - Setting Up Your Home Studio - Part 2
From the corner of a bedroom to the living room or a garage, the home studio always ends up adapting to the elements. As usual, it all boils down to your own needs, means and possibilities.
- 06/12/16Getting started
Using Buses to Make a Mix More Cohesive - A guide to mixing music - Part 92
In the coming weeks we'll discuss in detail the so-called "glue" effect, in other words how to make the mix more homogeneous using different procedures. Today we'll discuss a simple method to emphasize the cohesion we've achieved so far.
- 06/07/16Getting started
Unique Electrodynamic Speaker Designs - The Operating Principles of Loudspeakers - Part 5
In the last article of this series dedicated to electrodynamic speakers we'll talk about some unique and interesting designs. The biggest difference with these two examples compared to previous speaker-types described, is that the diaphragms don't have a uniform motion, and the membranes actually fold.
- 06/05/16Getting started
The Relationship Between Reverb and Delay - A guide to mixing music - Part 91
To close the chapter dedicated to the use of delay during mixdown, we'll look into the relationship between reverb and delay.
If It Sounds Good, Do It! - Breaking the rules is standard procedure for producer/engineer Sylvia Massy
Prince, Tom Petty, System of a Down, Tool, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Sevendust are just some of the artists on producer and engineer Sylvia Massy’s discography. The 30-year studio veteran has never been bound by convention, and often finds solutions that deviate from standard studio wisdom. Her new book, “Recording Unhinged” (Hal Leonard), descr...
- 06/01/16Getting started
What is a Home Studio? - Setting Up Your Home Studio - Part 1
Hopefully, one day you’ll go to Abbey Road to record your music, just like the Beatles. But since recording in such a studio is prohibitively expensive for most musicians, you might want to consider more affordable alternatives for the time being — like setting up a home studio
- 05/30/16Getting started
Fill It Up with Delay - A guide to mixing music - Part 90
This week we'll look into a somewhat particular use of delay ─ as a way of filling up a mix. You certainly won't be able to use this technique every day, but it can come in pretty handy to "dress up" stripped-down productions or songs with slow tempos.
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.