Sound Techniques articles
- 02/28/16Getting started
More About Compressing Reverb - A guide to mixing music - Part 75
Today we'll continue exploring the use of reverb and dynamics processing by looking at post-reverb compression.
- 02/25/16Getting started
A/B Your Plug-Ins - Head-to-head comparisons of similar plug-ins will help you decide which one to use when
Between the plug-ins in your DAW, and others you may have purchased, you’re likely to have some duplicate functionality; that is, more than one reverb, compressor, EQ, etc. But when you choose to use one over another are you making an informed decision? Do you know how they differ from each other? One way to find out is by doing some simple A/B ...
Never Say Never! - Producer/engineer/songwriter Joe West’s fearless approach brings him chart-topping success
Joe West has never been afraid to take on a project, even early in his career when he didn’t always have the requisite experience. “If you turn a gig down,” he says, “you end up in a situation where you kind of are blaming yourself when you're sitting on the couch. So I always thought, ‘Why can't I do that?’
- 02/23/16Getting started
Reverb Meets Compression - A guide to mixing music - Part 74
Today we'll see how to make reverb and compression work together. At first sight it might seem weird to want to compress a reverb. And yet a compressor placed before or after the reverb can prove quite useful for controlling the reverberated signal.
- 02/21/16Getting started
Gated Reverb - A guide to mixing music - Part 73
In this new episode we'll address the strange marriage between reverbs and gates.
- 02/16/16Getting started
Sculpting Reverb with EQ - A guide to mixing music - Part 72
With this article we'll close the study of spectral control of reverberation by looking at post-reverb EQ.
- 02/11/16Getting started
Why You Need a Dedicated Digital Audio Editor - For some common audio editing tasks, a digital audio editor is often better than your DAW
When it comes to music-production software, DAWs get all the glory. And for good reason: You use them for all the glamorous parts of the process, such as tracking, overdubbing and mixing. Conversely, digital audio editor applications are relegated to the grunt work, and don’t get talked about as much. Nevertheless, if you don’t have an audio edi...
- 02/09/16Getting started
Reverb Damping - A guide to mixing music - Part 71
Today we'll continue our study of frequency control applied to reverberation by addressing damping. Usually, if you have given enough care to choosing your starting preset, you shouldn't need to tweak this parameter...although, you never know.
- 02/07/16Getting started
Reverb and EQ - A guide to mixing music - Part 70
When it comes to reverberation, spectral content is crucial. Processing at the frequency level can happen at three distinct points in the audio path: before, during or after reverberation. Today, we'll focus on pre-reverb EQ.
- 02/04/16Getting started
That's an Order! - How to create a dynamic and engaging song order for your album or EP
Let’s face it: Albums are not what they used to be. I’m not talking about the music (although there are some who would make that argument), and I’m not talking about the production. I’m referring to the album as a vehicle for releasing music. With downloading and streaming so dominant, it’s easier than ever for the listener to cherry pick one so...