- 06/23/16Getting started
Let's Get Small - Mini-effects pedals make configuring your pedalboard a whole new ballgame
One of the great things about pedalboards is that they give you the freedom to choose the effects you want for your rig. There is one caveat: Your pedalboard is a finite size, and you can only add effects up to a point before you run out of space. Without having to buy a larger pedalboard, you can maximize the number of effects you have by addin...
- 06/22/16Getting started
De-Clutter Your Rhythm Guitars - Coordinate your rhythm guitar parts to avoid a chaotic-sounding mess
Whenever you have more than one guitarist playing chords in a song, you risk a cluttered and muddy sounding result if the parts they’re playing are not coordinated in advance. That said, there are pretty big differences in the approach you’ll take to rhythm-guitar arranging, depending on whether you’re arranging for the stage or studio. In this ...
- 06/21/16Getting started
Electrostatic Loudspeakers - The Operating Principles of Loudspeakers - Part 6
After our previous discussion of electrodynamic speakers, we'll now move on to describing different categories of speaker transducers, starting with the equivalent of the condenser mic in the speakers world.
- 06/19/16Getting started
Using Distortion During Mixdown - A guide to mixing music - Part 93
This time around, we'll focus on distortion.
- 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...