Advice from a Guitar Tech - Kurt Bloch talks setup and maintenance for electric guitars
Kurt Block knows electric guitars. He has been working on them for three decades. He started out working on guitars in the bands he was in, and nowadays maintains the guitar collection at Gibson’s entertainment relations office in Seattle, one of eight in the U.S. — and 20 worldwide — that the company maintains to put on promotional events and p...
An introduction to Granular Synthesis - Sound synthesis, sound design and audio processing - Part 19
In the two previous articles we looked at the principle behind sample-based synthesis. Among other things, this allowed us to establish that, thanks to digital technology, the frontiers between the different sound-generation modes ─ like simple waveforms and complex pre-recorded samples ─ have become more and more porous.
Dynamics Processing 101 - A guide to mixing music - Part 26
This week we'll tackle dynamics processing during mixdown, a very thorny subject if there ever was one...To approach the topic in the best way possible, it's useful to begin with a quick rundown of the concept of dynamics.
Sampling: Wavetables - Sound synthesis, sound design and audio processing - Part 18
In the previous article, we took a first look at sampling, from the point of view of Pulse Code Modulation (PCM). In this installment we'll study wavetables and sample banks.
Delay Tips and Tricks - 5 digital delay techniques that will spice up your mixes
Digital delay is one of the most versatile effects you can apply to your music. It can do everything from subtle doubling to crazy stereo ping-pong effects and a lot more. In this article we’ll show you five cool delay techniques that you can use to spice up your recordings.
Which Comes First? - A guide to mixing music - Part 25
Before we tackle the next major section of this series ─ dynamics ─ let's diverge briefly to take stock of where we are in the process, and cover an important issue involving effect-chain order.
11 Studio Errors to Avoid - Steer clear of these common studio mistakes
Learning by your mistakes is definitely an effective method, but it’s not a lot of fun. In this article, we’ll talk about some common mistakes that are made by home recordists and how to avoid them. There's no reason you have to learn these lessons the hard way...
The War on Ears - The Loudness War - Part 1
Volume, more volume! Yes, but at what price? This series of articles will review the origins of the volume race, the physical considerations, new standards and tools, and their impact on public health.
Put Your Best Feature Forward - 10 cool and innovative features from 10 top DAWs
All DAWS are definitely not created equal. Yes they can all record and edit audio and MIDI, host effects and software instruments, and provide facilities for mixing. But beyond those bread-and-butter functions, most offer some specific features that either none of the others do, or that none of the others can do as well. Here we present a look a...
EQing Tools of the Trade - A guide to mixing music - Part 24
Now that we have analyzed EQing during mixdown, let's talk a bit about the tools capable of carrying out the task.