Sound Techniques feature articles
Todd Whitelock on Jazz Engineering - Talking technique with one of the top jazz engineers in the business
Though he has a Music Production and Engineering degree from Berklee, Todd Whitelock says it was on-the-job training that helped him become one of the top recording engineers in the jazz world. Whitelock, who also engineers classical and pop sessions as well as film scores and Broadway cast albums, got his professional start as an engineer at NY...
- 10/23/16Getting started
Recording a saxophone - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 7
Invented by a great Belgian clarinet master around 1840, it is just as widely used in classical music as it is in pop or contemporary music. But it's definitely in jazz where it has gained more prominence, thanks to artists like Charlie Parker, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, and Cannonball Adderley. A wind instrument from the brass family, it o...
- 10/20/16Getting started
Introduction to automation - A guide to mixing music - Part 103
If you were to have the chance to look at the mix session of a commercial song you'd be more surprised by the sheer exuberance of automation lines than by the number of plug-ins used. However, most budding engineers have the unfortunate tendency to neglect this stage of the mixing process. Which is a real pity because, apart from being a preroga...
- 10/16/16Getting started
Recording a trombone - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 6
This week we'll start with the first practical case: tracking a trombone.
- 10/11/16Getting started
Working at the source - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 5
You'll fix it in the mix... right? Wrong! That's why I'll try to make sure that this phrase never makes into your home studio.
- 10/05/16Getting started
Recording levels - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 4
This week we'll take a moment to discuss the delicate issue of levels during tracking.
- 09/28/16Getting started
What format to use? - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 3
Today we'll discuss a topic that's very important in the all-digital age, namely which format you should use to record your takes.
- 09/19/16Getting started
The gear to use - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 2
As I told you in the previous installment, this new series dedicated to recording is aimed at the average computer musician. Consequently, it would be incongruent to make the sample clips that accompany some of the articles in a "pro" environment, in other words in a studio with impeccable acoustics, an array of top-of-the-line microphones and e...
- 09/10/16Getting started
What to expect from this new series? - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 1
Once the mastering series is finished and now that the mixing guide is (finally!) arriving the end, it's only natural that Audiofanzine asked me to extend this tale told backwards with a new series dedicated to recording.
Mixing in Parallel (Part 2) - Andrew Scheps talks compression, plug-ins, panning, EQ and more
Welcome to Part 2 of our interview with renowned mix engineer Andrew Scheps. This time around, Scheps offers more details on his mixing techniques, and talks about why he transitioned away from his previous console-based setup and into mixing in the box.