Producing for the Art of It - Multitalented producer Greg Wells talks about his craft and his gear
Although he spent most of his childhood playing and studying music, it wasn’t until Greg Wells was 18 that he got bitten by the recording bug. “I got my parents to co-sign a loan, and I bought a Mac Plus and a Fostex 4-track cassette machine,” he recalls. “I bought an Alesis Microverb, a terrible microphone and a cheap compressor, and I became r...
- 05/04/16Getting started
The Last Note - Recording a clean ending is not as simple as it may seem
When recording an ensemble or just overdubbing one instrument, there's one part of the song that gets very little attention: right after the very last chord or note has been struck. Especially if the last hit is a sustained one, a lot can go wrong while those notes are decaying.
- 05/03/16Getting started
Of Suspensions and Magnets - The Operating Principles of Loudspeakers - Part 2
We started this series by describing the cone diaphragm of an electrodynamic speaker. It obviously plays an important role in the final quality of a speaker, as the radiating element, but it's far from being the only spot where signal can be degraded. Today I'll address the importance of the suspensions and magnets.
- 05/01/16Getting started
The Use of Delay - A guide to mixing music - Part 86
After closing the chapter dedicated to the use of reverb during mixdown, we will now focus on a relatively similar topic: delay.
The Golden Age of British Recording - We interview the author of “The Great British Recording Studios”
In the early 1960s, at the beginning of the British Invasion, the studio scene in England was thriving, but the British studios used different gear and got a very different sound than their U.S. counterparts. In recent times, most of the major British recording studios have closed, and for a time, it looked like much of their history was in dang...
- 04/25/16Getting started
Reverb Tools of the Trade - A guide to mixing music - Part 85
Today we'll close the chapter on reverb with one last suggestion and a short list of plug-ins I personally like to use when working with sound spaces.
- 04/24/16Getting started
Good Vibrations: How Speaker Cones Work - The Operating Principles of Loudspeakers - Part 1
Sound is possible thanks to transduction, in other words, the transformation from one form of energy into another one.
- 04/20/16Getting started
Kick Start Your Playing Skills - A practical approach to improving your instrumental abilities — quickly!
Are you in a rut on your instrument? Do you feel like you’ve been playing the same old stuff forever without any significant improvement? If so, and if you’re willing to commit an hour or so a day to your craft, you can improve your abilities appreciably, and broaden your musical horizons with the multipart strategy outlined in this article.
- 04/19/16Getting started
Relative Chord and Tonal Exchange Substitutions - Harmony Basics - Part 16
This time around, we'll look at two additional ways to substitute chords: Relative chord and tonal exchange substitutions. But before we do that, I want to complete the previous article and finish discussing dominant chord substitutions.
- 04/18/16Getting started
Lateral Movement with Reverb - A guide to mixing music - Part 84
This week we'll discuss a swaying technique which will allow you to easily create the illusion of lateral movement using reverb exclusively.