History of the Les Paul - Classic Gear Spotlight: The Les Paul - Part 1
The tale begins in Winter 1951.
The Art of the Deal - Negotiating tips for when you're offered freelance mixing or session work
If you’re skilled on your instrument or have developed strong mixing or other engineering skills, you may find yourself offered freelance work at some point. When that happens, it’s important to know what to ask for, how to structure the job so you’re not overworked, and how to deal with the logistics of payment.
The Opposite of Punchy - A guide to mixing music - Part 34
Today, I invite you to continue exploring the possibilities of dynamics processing at the microdynamic level. After having dealt with "punchy" sounds, we'll use dynamics to go for the opposite — "roundness."
Compression Has Consequences - The Loudness War ─ Part 6
In this new installment we'll continue discussing the consequences of volume on music, sound and human ears, and we'll see how digital technology has enabled the reduction of dynamic range in recorded music.
Live Performance Tips for Guitar Players - 6 ways to become a better onstage guitarist
As a guitar player, you have many possible roles in a live situation. You might strictly be a rhythm player, you might also play lead, or you could even be the front person for the band, in addition to your guitar duties. But whatever your function is is, paying attention to the concepts discussed in this story will help you be more successful a...
Make Your Mix Punchy with Compression - A guide to mixing music - Part 33
After looking at some applications of compression at the macrodynamic level in the two previous articles, we'll deal here with microdynamics, starting with how to get a "punchy" sound.
Hybrid Mixing from Down Under - Top Australian engineer Klaus Hill on mixing, mastering, analog summing and more
“I've always mixed people's records,” Klaus Hill says, “it's just something I've always been very good at.” In the eleven years since he moved from England, Hill has established himself as one of the top mixing and mastering engineers on the Australian dance music scene.
So You Want to Master Your Own Album? - Weighing the pros and cons of DIY mastering
For a long time the mastering process was a mystery for most musicians, even those with studio skills. But thanks to all the information now available online, it's a lot easier to learn about how mastering works. That and the availability of affordable mastering software has led some recordists to start dipping their toes into the world of DIY m...
Pulsar and Phase Distortion Synthesis - Sound synthesis, sound design and audio processing - Part 25
We are slowly coming to the end of this series!
More than Just the Full Mix - Alternate mixes that pro engineers do for every song — and so should you
Professional engineers typically render more than just a full version when they finish mixing a song. They also run a number of variations, which are referred to as "alternate mixes." In this article, I'll tell you what they are and why you should be doing them, too.