- 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.
- 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.”