A Sonic Guru Speaks - Richard Devine on sound design, synths, software, studios and more
You may have heard Richard Devine’s distinctive electronic compositions, or seen his name on patch collections in various synths, but most likely when you hear his work it’s a system sound in a computer program, app, or hardware device, or a sound for a TV commercial. We caught up with him to ask about his work, his gear, and his techniques.
- 08/19/14Getting started
Improve Your Mix with A/B Referencing -Part 2 - What to Listen For When Comparing a Mix
In part 1 we looked at different ways to setup your gear for an A/B comparison. This time, we’ll offer some suggestions for specific aspects to focus on during your referencing session.
Review of the Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 - A pint-sized yet powerful multi-effects unit
The Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 is a multi-effects pedal small enough to fit in a backpack, or in the pocket of most guitar bags. Featuring Tech 21’s signature analog tone, it can be used either through an amp, or as a complete rig direct to a PA or DAW.
- 08/14/14Getting started
Tips on Alternate Tunings - How to Adapt Your Electric Guitar to Your Alternate Tuning
Fans of alternate tunings (especially metalheads) will often find themselves with overcooked noodles instead of strings, compromising their sound. Here are a couple of recipes to make sure your strings are always "al dente."
- 08/12/14Getting started
Improve Your Mix with A/B Referencing - Part 1 - Compare Your Mix to That of a Professional for Valuable Sonic Guidance
Referencing your mix against an existing recording via the process known as “A/B-ing,” is a great way to check the quality of your work and help you overcome inaccurate studio acoustics. Here in part 1 of this 2-part article, we’ll look at why referencing is so useful, and offer some setup options.
Review of the Electro-Harmonix B9 - We test drive EHX's new "Organ Machine"
Electro Harmonix calls the B9 an “Organ Machine,” and indeed it is. Plug your guitar into this pedal and out comes a variety of authentic organ sounds. Read on to find out more.
- 08/07/14Getting started
Get Ready, Get Setlist, Go! - Strategically Planning Your Set List Can Make All the Difference
A well thought out setlist is critical to the success of your gig. Whether for a band or a solo singer, the order in which you play your songs could mean the difference between a good show and a great show. A poorly constructed set list can cause the audience to turn off in the middle of your show.
- 08/06/14Getting started
Mastering at Home - Part 22 - How to Use Volume in Mastering
This penultimate article in our series dedicated to mastering at home is surely the one you've all been waiting for. Indeed, today we will talk about a couple of tricks to get a really HUGE sound. But before we start, a brief warning...
Vocal Recording Clinic with Kris Crummett - Tips on Recording Vocals for Musicians
No matter what musical style you're into, if you own studio gear, you probably record vocals at least some of the time. So when we had a chance to tap into the expertise of Kris Crummett — a prominent producer/engineer — on the subject of vocal recording, we jumped at the chance.
Review of the Eventide UltraChannel - A channel strip that's ultra useful
UltraChannel is more than just your average channel strip. It also features Eventide's signature delay and modulation effects, and is almost like an entire effects collection in a single plug-in. Read on to find out more.