Sound Techniques feature articles
In the Studio with Michael Wagener Pt.3 - Electric Gu... - Recording Electric Guitar
After having detailed how he records drums, Michael Wagener tackled guitars in this episode.
Audio Encoding: What Lies Ahead? - Introduction to Audio Encoding
In today's high definition world, we want the best quality in every film, picture, and sound we encounter. Blu-Ray DVD's seem poised to take over the market, pushing the inferior DVD's down the same path as the VHS tape. In much the same way, we see digital audio pushing for the same quality. Although the popularity of the iPod and mp3s ha...
Craig Anderton: Understanding Reverb - Understanding Reverb
When we hear sounds in the “real world,” they are in an acoustic space. For example, suppose you are playing acoustic guitar in your living room. You hear not only the guitar’s sound, but because the guitar generates sound waves, they bounce off walls, the ceiling, and the floor. Some of these sound waves return to your ears, which due to their ...
Basics of Acoustics: Time (I) - Time (1)
With stopwatch in hand, our perception of time seems straightforward. But in everyday life we’re not always watching the clock, and everyone knows that the passage of time is relative. It differs from one person to another and especially from one activity to another: An hour spent watching a great movie doesn’t feel as long as an hour in traffic.
Basics of Acoustics: Timbre (II) - Timbre (II)
In part I we gave a "physical" definition for timbre. We stressed its "plural" aspect and discussed the elements which make it up and define it. Above all we discussed the infinite number of possible combinations between these spectral components.
Basics of Acoustics: Timbre (I) - Timbre (or Sound Quality)
The goal of this article is to help develop knowledge of basic acoustic principles. This in turn will help you to understand, and eventually master, the basic techniques of sound engineering and recording. Each section has a theme that is first defined in technical terms and then commented on in practical terms in respect to audio equipment.