- 11/11/16Getting started
Look after the musicians - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 9
Having the best gear in the world and being an audio engineer without equal is very nice, but unfortunately that doesn't mean you'll be able to make the best records.
- 11/06/16Getting started
Alternatives to functional automation - A guide to mixing music - Part 105
The smartest among you might have realized, after reading the previous article, that most of the problems addressed with functional automation can be solved in other ways, which is something we'll look into today...
- 11/01/16Getting started
Functional automation - A guide to mixing music - Part 104
After addressing the "whys" of automation last week it's only logical that we start looking into the "hows" this week.
- 10/30/16Getting started
Recording a flute - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 8
Today we'll see how to record a transverse flute.
A brief history of the Talk Box - History of the Talk Box
Although many hits have been marked by the Talk Box sound — take, for instance, California Love by 2Pac, Livin’ on a Prayer by Bon Jovi or Pigs by Pink Floyd — it still remains a little known effect. Often confused with the vocoder, the wah wah and even auto-tune, this mighty vocal machine is much older than you might think. At a time when there...
Todd Whitelock on Jazz Engineering - Talking technique with one of the top jazz engineers in the business
Though he has a Music Production and Engineering degree from Berklee, Todd Whitelock says it was on-the-job training that helped him become one of the top recording engineers in the jazz world. Whitelock, who also engineers classical and pop sessions as well as film scores and Broadway cast albums, got his professional start as an engineer at NY...
- 10/23/16Getting started
Recording a saxophone - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 7
Invented by a great Belgian clarinet master around 1840, it is just as widely used in classical music as it is in pop or contemporary music. But it's definitely in jazz where it has gained more prominence, thanks to artists like Charlie Parker, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, and Cannonball Adderley. A wind instrument from the brass family, it o...
- 10/20/16Getting started
Introduction to automation - A guide to mixing music - Part 103
If you were to have the chance to look at the mix session of a commercial song you'd be more surprised by the sheer exuberance of automation lines than by the number of plug-ins used. However, most budding engineers have the unfortunate tendency to neglect this stage of the mixing process. Which is a real pity because, apart from being a preroga...
- 10/19/16Getting started
The top small brands for guitar effect pedals - The best small brands for guitar effect pedals
The long-awaited poll regarding "small" guitar effect pedal brands is finally here! It's open season for anybody who likes controversy!
- 10/16/16Getting started
Recording a trombone - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 6
This week we'll start with the first practical case: tracking a trombone.