Sound Techniques feature articles
Seven Ways to Reduce Noise - When Noise Attacks Your Signal, Fight Back!
Is noise really a problem? After all, analog tape hiss is almost extinct. We have 24-bit converters with signal-to-noise ratios that far exceed that of the CD. Low-level hum? Today's signals have plenty of level to overcome what the cables might pick up, and besides, cables are better shielded too. Yes, it's a beautiful, noise-free world...
What Does "Sample Accurate" Mean Anyway? - Make Your Timing Tighter Than Tight
If you think that "sample accurate" has something to do with random drug tests, you're probably browsing the wrong web site. But if you've heard the term applied to digital transfers, loop timings, edits, and more, you're in the right place. Our mission here is to get to the bottom of sample accuracy, and explain how it affects our world of reco...
Recording & Processing the Ultimate Vocal - Proven Ways to Enhance Your Vocals
So what’s the best way to record vocals these days? The answer, of course, is that anything goes if it gives the sound you want. Following are some of the possibilities.
Big Sounds without Overcompressing - It's Possible to Get "hot" Masters without Losing Dynamics
I was driving along one of those Floridian roads that goes between the coasts, and is flatter than the Spice Girls without auto-tuning . . . in other words, a perfect place to crank up my car's CD player. As it segued from a recent CD into Simple Minds' "Real Life," which I hadn't heard in a while, I noticed it was somewhat quieter, so I turned ...
Quieter Recordings - One dB at a Time - Sometimes Little Improvements Add Up to Big Ones
The whole is equal to the sum of its parts…as anyone who ever used analog tape will attest. Who can forget that feeling of hearing yet another contribution to the noise floor whenever you brought up a fader, as one more track of tape hiss worked its way to the output?
Panning Laws Revealed - Panning According to Craig Anderton
The idea of panning seems pretty obvious, right? You turn a panpot (real or virtual) to place a sound somewhere in the stereo field...
Mixing in a Plug-In World - To Your CPU, Mixing Is the Ultimate Power Trip
You gotta love plug-ins, but they’ve changed the rules of mixing. In the hardware days, the issue was whether you had enough hardware to deal with all your tracks. Now that you can insert the same plug-in into multiple tracks, the question is whether your processor can handle all of them.
Mixing Rap Vocals - Tips for Mixing Rap Vocals
If I had to pick the most frequent question I get asked on a regular basis – it would have to be “how do I mix rap vocals?” Or some variation thereof. At least once a week, if not more often.
Much Ado About Dithering - All About Dithering
It's a dirty job to go from high-res audio to 44/16, but someone's got to do it.
How to Create Wide Open Mixes - The Secrets Behind Wide, Spacious, Pro-Sounding Mixes
Here are some secrets behind getting those wide, spacious, pro-sounding mixes that translate well over any system.