Working with Drum Loops - Part 2 - Adding Fills, Crashes, and More
Part 1 looked at the importance of variation in a full-length drum loop track, and also gave tips on customizing drum loops by editing. Here I’ll look at two very important aspects of your drum loop part, the fills and the crashes, and also touch on mixing issues.
Which Type of Tuning Machines Are Best for You? - How to Choose Tuners for Electric Guitar
Broken, worn-out or simply ugly-looking tuners are often the cause of complaints by guitarists. If changing them is unavoidable, here is some info that will help you understand the subject better.
Working with Drum Loops - Part 1 - How to Make Loop-Based Drum Tracks Sound As Realistic As Possible
I’m not a drummer, but I often produce tracks in my studio that include drum parts. Sometimes I’m fortunate enough to be able to use a real drummer, but in most cases it’s just not practical. Instead, I frequently use drum loops. Because they are professionally mixed recordings of real drummers playing, they give you an instantly realistic sound...
Cut the Mud from Your Mix - Remove Low-End Clutter from Your Mix with High-Pass Filtering
Guitars, vocals, pianos, drums or virtually any track in your mix, has extraneous low-frequency information that can be filtered out without compromising the sound. While you may not notice anything wrong with the way a track sounds when you listen to it by itself, when combined with many other tracks in the multitrack mix, all that unnecessary ...
Mastering at Home — Part 6 - How to Use Compression While Mastering
Today we will focus on compression, another important aspect of the mastering process that's often misunderstood.
Buying an Audio Interface - Part 2 - Help Picking the Best Audio Interface
Part 1 looked at how to interpret the specs you see in ads and listings for audio interfaces. This time around, we offer info to help you figure out the audio interface that best fits your needs, presented in FAQ style.
Pushing the Envelope - Ableton’s Jesse Terry Talks Live, Push, and What’s Next
After its introduction in 2001, Ableton Live grew rapidly into a major force in the world of music production software. While many of its major competitors at the time were bogged down with legacy features, struggling to integrate new technology with old code, Live was newly written from the ground up. It offered a fresh approach, combining real...
Buying an Audio Interface - Part 1 - Demystifying the Specs and Features of an Audio Interface
Shopping for an audio interface can be daunting, due to the countless models on the market and the variations in inputs, outputs, formats, maximum sampling rates, and numerous other specifications. The aim of this 2-part article is to demystify the subject to make it easier for you to figure out which interface best suits your needs.
Mastering at Home - Part 5 - How to Use EQ when Mastering — In Practice
The latest installment of our Mastering at Home series deals with some common situations when using an equalizer.
Tips for Better Soloing - Make Your Solos More Interesting and Musical
Whether you play guitar, keyboard, saxophone or any other lead instrument, there’s more to being a good soloist than just having chops and knowing riffs. Playing fast is great, but speed by itself doesn’t make you a good lead player. No matter the musical genre, if you analyze good solos, even if they’re fast and frenetic, you’ll most often find...