Scoring to Picture — Part 1 - What You Need to Know When Composing Music for Video
Writing music to fit with the visual elements in a video, the process known as "scoring to picture," requires additional skills beyond just being able to compose music. In this series we'll show you what those are, and give you the basic knowledge to be able to do your own scoring projects.
Mastering at Home - Part 15 - Tips for Using Headphones While Mastering Music
Now that we have covered the entire mastering chain, let's move on to different tools that are useful in the context of DIY — like headphones.
Power Tips for the Pro Tools Novice — Part 2 - Tips on How to Efficiently Use Pro Tools
In part 1 of this article, we looked at preference settings and key commands. Here in part 2, the focus will be on the Smart Tool, some important timeline options, and how to create customized session templates.
Power Tips for the Pro Tools Novice – Part 1 - Learn How to Produce Music Faster and More Efficiently with Pro Tools
Avid Pro Tools features industry standard audio recording, editing, and mixing, along with a reasonably well-featured MIDI section. But with an application this powerful, getting up to speed can take time. In this two-part story, we'll present a selection of tips and tricks to help you work more quickly and efficiently in Pro Tools.
DIY Sound Effects - Create Cool Sound Effects With Special Techniques
If you produce podcasts or videos, adding sound effects can provide a whole new dimension to your production. While sound libraries and online EFX sites are convenient for finding effects, consider creating some of the effects yourself. If done well, it can add an original touch to the audio. Here’s a look at some basic ideas for creating your o...
Soldering Basics for Guitar Players - Part 1 - Soldering Equipment for Beginners
The use of a soldering iron is indispensable if you need to change the pickups, a jack or any other component of your guitar. While changing a string is no secret for most of us, it's a whole different story when it comes to fiddling with the electronics. That's why we'll address the best practices for correct and reliable soldering in this seri...
Mastering at Home - Part 14 - Best ways to Use Dithering When Mastering Music
In this 14th episode, we will deal with a mysterious stage in the mastering chain: Dithering
L.A. Renaissance Man - Carmen Rizzo on the Post-Apocalyptic Music Business, Film Scoring, iPad Music and More
Talk about multi-talented: L.A.-based Carmen Rizzo is a two-time Grammy-nominated producer/artist/electronic musician and composer whose credits include Seal, Coldplay, Paul Oakenfold and Ryuichi Sakamato, among many others. He's released 6 solo albums; writes scores for films, video games and TV; has produced numerous artists; and is also the U...
Mastering at Home - Part 13 - Key Tips on Using a Limiter While Mastering Music
This week we will tackle a landmark in the mastering chain — the limiter.
Cheap Synth Apps with Rich Sound - Five Cool iOS Synthesizers for Under $10
The quality and variety of synthesizers available for your iOS device just keeps getting better and better. Although many of the top, name-brand synths will cost you in the range of $20 or even more, there are some great ones on the iTunes Store for half or a quarter of that price. Here are five synths that range from free to $9.99, and offer a ...