Sound Techniques feature articles
Mastering: The DIY Guide - How to Master Your Music at Home
Mastering is one of the few creative processes that still finds itself quite high up on a pro-audio pedestal. The creation of music, the recording, mixing and production is all within the hands of the home user but mastering still seems to be just out of reach...Or is it?
Audio Mastering - Top 10 Most Frequently Asked Questions
Tom Volpicelli of The Mastering House answers the top 10 common questions about mastering.
Infected Mushroom Sound Alchemy - Exclusive Interview Reveals Production Tips and Tricks
Innovators, geek tricksters, obsessive-perfectionists, un-serious, electronic-rock geniuses? Time will tell, yet The Legend of the Black Shawarma, Infected Mushroom’s 7th album release will certainly grab the chair from underneath you and leave you thinking- I’m not sure what was this meticulous musical chaos, but I can’t stop moving even after ...
EQ and Compression Techniques Pt.2: Drums - EQ and Compression Techniques Pt.2: Drums
Despite the preponderance of exceptional drum samples and loops on the market, for certain genres of music (notably country and rock) there is no substitute for a great session drummer playing on a well-recorded and mixed drum kit. One thing that samples and loops can’t provide is the great rhythmic instincts an accomplished live player draws up...
In the Studio with Michael Wagener Pt.4 - Bass - Recording Bass
We've already dealt with drums and guitar, now it's time for the bass...
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.