- 08/02/16Getting started
The top large-diaphragm USB mics - The best large-diaphragm USB microphones
Why buy a USB audio interface when you could simply get a mic to record yourself? That's what USB mics are for: you take them out of their box, plug them in and rock 'n' roll! We polled our French readers to have them tell us which are their favorite USB mics, and we thought we'd pass the results on to you. Here they are...
Mixing in Parallel (Part 1) - The Andrew Scheps Interview
You’d probably be surprised to discover that one of the top mixers in the world works on just a single pair of monitors, in a non-treated room, from a home studio. That engineer is Andrew Scheps, one of the foremost practitioners of the art of parallel processing. The innovative Scheps has a credit list that’s beyond impressive, which includes A...
- 07/30/16Getting started
Acoustic Treatment and Soundproofing for Dummies - Setting Up Your Home Studio - Part 3
As I mentioned in the last article, the ideal home studio must have good room acoustics and soundproofing. But, what does these two concepts mean? To answer this question we need to dive into some theory.
- 07/27/16Getting started
The Top Overdrive Pedals for Electric Guitar - The Best Overdrive Pedals for Electric Guitar
The overdrive pedal is one of the most timeless and classic effects for electric guitar, and finding the overdrive of your dreams can be a lifelong endeavor. They have become a true cult object and manufacturers have seized the opportunity to expand the offering exponentially throughout the years. Given the saturation of the market, it's not eas...
- 07/24/16Getting started
Tools to give cohesion to your mix - A guide to mixing music - Part 98
Today I'll shortlist the plug-ins that I use most frequently when I want to reinforce the sonic cohesion of a mix. As usual, this is by no means an exhaustive list. Far from that. My only goal here is to try to somehow point you in the right direction so you can make your own decisions later on.
- 07/21/16Getting started
The top studio headphones for less than $50 - The best studio headphones for less than $50
Sometimes, $50 for a pair of studio cans might be over your budget, be it because you don't have the money in the bank or you need to buy four at the same time or any other reason you can think of. But even then, at this price point, there are so many different models that you might have a hard time choosing one. With this in mind, we asked our ...
- 07/18/16Getting started
Using II-V-I and pivot chords - Harmony Basics - Part 19
In the previous article we saw how to use cadences to modulate to a different key. However, regardless of whether you use a cadence or not, a seamless modulation relies on the so-called pivot chords.
- 07/17/16Getting started
How to use tape machine and mixing console emulators - A guide to mixing music - Part 97
As promised, this week we'll see how to make the most of tape machine and console-emulating plug-ins.
Best of Summer NAMM 2016 - The 10 Hottest Products of Summer NAMM 2016
The Summer NAMM was just a couple of weeks ago and we were there, obviously! Here's our report (better late than never...): As usual the world of guitar was omnipresent during the event. Here's a list of the products that caught our eye most.
- 07/10/16Getting started
The whys of using tape machine and console emulators - A guide to mixing music - Part 96
This week we'll keep on discussing distortion by addressing plug-ins that emulate legendary tape machines and consoles.