- 04/17/16Getting started
Responsive Reverb - A guide to mixing music - Part 83
So far we have reviewed quite extensively the "classic" uses of reverb during mixdown, but I would now like to invite you to discover more exotic applications in the next couple of articles. These are obviously not techniques you should apply systematically on each song, but used wisely they can certainly spice up somewhat dull productions.
Fab Four Gear! - We interview the author of "Beatles Gear: The Ultimate Edition"
Did you know that John Lennon’s first guitar was a Gallotone Champion acoustic that he ordered from a catalog, or that George Harrison played a Framus Hootenanny 12-string on “Help," or that Ringo started playing a Ludwig Downbeat drum kit in 1963? You would if you read Andy Babiuk’s book, “Beatles Gear, The Ultimate Edition,” which chronicles t...
- 04/12/16Getting started
Unreal Soundscapes - A guide to mixing music - Part 82
Last time, we saw how to recreate a realistic sound space with the three last buses of the setup I suggested to use when working with reverb. This week we'll address the concept of depth in a sound space, regardless of whether the latter is realistic or not.
Top 10 from Musikmesse - We choose our favorite new products from Musikmesse 2016
Musikmesse, the massive music trade show that takes place every year around this time in Frankfurt, Germany is the place for numerous new product introductions. The Audiofanzine crew was on the ground in Frankfurt, scoping out products and shooting and posting videos. Here is our list of the top 10 new products from Musikmesse. Interestingly, th...
- 04/04/16Getting started
Tritone Substitution and Secondary Dominants - Harmony Basics - Part 15
In this installment, we'll continue exploring chord substitutions with two new forms based on the dominant function.
- 04/03/16Getting started
How to Adjust Depth with Reverb - A guide to mixing music - Part 81
In this new episode, I'll show you how to recreate a realistic sound space with the last three buses of the reverb setup we've been using in the last couple of weeks.
The Wizard of Compression - Award-winning mixer Michael Brauer talks techniques, gear and more
An eight-time Grammy-award winner, engineer Michael Brauer has put his magic mixing touch on albums for Coldplay, John Mayer, and the Dave Matthews Band among many others. He is known for his unique compression technique, often referred to as “Brauerizing.”
5 Multi-Effects Plug-Ins You Might Have Missed - Multiply your creative processing with these multi-effects plug-ins
You could collect individual plug-ins that deliver the kinds of effects you use most; that’s one approach, and a popular one. Another is to use a single plug-in that offers lots of effects for sound design, recording tracks and mixing them down. Personally, I enjoy discovering new timbres purely for the fun of it, and multi-effects processors co...
- 03/29/16Getting started
Chord Substitutions - Harmony Basics - Part 14
In the previous two articles I took a brief detour from the somewhat theoretical tone of this series to show you some specific examples of harmonic chord progressions that are easy to understand and widely used. But if you want to get off the beaten path, we'll need to dive back into the theory.
- 03/27/16Getting started
Glue It Down with Reverb - A guide to mixing music - Part 80
Today I'll focus on the sixth bus of my personal reverb mixing setup. As I told you before, this bus is aimed at producing the so-called "glue" effect. In other words, the more or less signal you send from each of the tracks towards this bus, the more coherent the overall mix should sound.