- 06/28/15Getting started
Compression as Glue - A guide to mixing music - Part 38
This week we'll look into a side effect of compression that's beneficial, as long as you use it wisely. It's the so-called "glue" effect that takes place when you use a compressor on a group of tracks or even on the entire mix.
- 06/24/15Getting started
Mastering and remastering - The Loudness War - Part 7
Here's the latest installment in our series of articles dedicated to the race for volume, and its consequences on music, sound and human ears.
- 06/23/15Getting started
Which Site is Best for Selling Gear? - A guide to selling your gear online — part 1
If you’re a home recordist or a performing musician, chances are you have gear you want to sell. Perhaps you’re thinking of upgrading to something better, or you have extra hardware or instruments that you’re not using. Thanks to the Internet, your chances of finding a buyer are very good. The two most prominent sites for selling are eBay and Cr...
5 Cool Plug-ins You May Never Have Heard Of - These instruments and effects may not be well known, but they sure are powerful
Some people become addicted to plug-ins; others become connoisseurs. That is, they're borderline addicts but too refined to splurge on just anything. They need a certain something, which is what the following plug-ins — all available in AU/VST formats for Mac or Windows—have. These instruments and processors do things a little bit differently, ...
- 06/21/15Getting started
Sidechain Compression - A guide to mixing music - Part 37
Today we'll continue unveiling new tricks and tips on compression with an installment dedicated to the sidechain.
- 06/16/15Getting started
Parallel Compression - A guide to mixing music - Part 36
In this week's chapter, we'll tackle a specific use of compression you have surely heard about before, not least in our series of articles dedicated to mastering. I'm talking about parallel compression, which is sometimes called New York or NY compression. A highly valued technique among sound engineers, especially for drum tracks, but not only,...
- 06/15/15Getting started
Conquer Your Musical Writer's Block - How to find inspiration when you're stuck in a rut
It’s the enemy of creativity, and it lurks in your subconscious, ready to spring at you when you least expect it. I’m talking about writer's block, the dreaded affliction of composers, songwriters, and many other creative types. You're staring at an unused sheet of music paper, or an empty DAW or notation-program screen — intending to start writ...
And the Guitar Was Born! - Classic Gear Spotlight: The Les Paul - Part 2
The telephone rings. Pegg's back suddenly stiffens, she adjusts her glasses before picking up the phone. She can tell by the timbre of the voice that asks for Ted McCarty that it's bad news for her boss.
- 06/10/15Getting started
Formant and Linear Arithmetic Synthesis - Sound synthesis, sound design and audio processing - Part 26
This time around, I invite you to discover two unusual forms of sound synthesis: Formant and linear arithmetic synthesis.
- 06/09/15Getting started
10 Tips for Better Rehearsals - Common-sense advice for rehearsing more efficiently
Rehearsal is an important activity for any band or ensemble. Learning and working out arrangements for new material and going over songs already in your repertoire are key to keeping your group fresh sounding and tight. Too often, however, rehearsals are run in a disorganized fashion, and aren’t nearly as efficient as they could be. Here are som...