Thematic Forums feature articles
- 05/23/16Getting started
Using Delay to Broaden Your Horizons - A guide to mixing music - Part 89
After having explored depth with reverb, we will now move into another topic that is just as important during mixdown: width.
Studio Tips from The Big Boss - Producer Andrew Wade shares his mixing and guitar-recording secrets
Andrew Wade (aka “The Big Boss”) knows a little something about guitar recording. Wade is a producer/engineer/songwriter who has focused heavily on the pop-punk/Emo genres and has produced music (including top-20-charting songs) for artists on many different labels. He’s produced artists such as A Day to Remember, Neck Deep, and The Ghost Inside...
- 05/17/16Getting started
Modulate It! - Harmony Basics - Part 17
In the previous articles... Yes, I know I often begin my articles this way but it's simply because I like things to make sense chronologically.
- 05/15/16Getting started
Using Delay Instead of Reverb - A guide to mixing music - Part 88
In this installment, I'll show you how to use delay instead of reverb to reinforce the sonic cohesion of your mix.
Unlocking Expressivity - An interview with producer Michael Beinhorn
Producer, musician, artist, painter… Our guest today is someone who has always been looking for a way to let Art be expressed in every piece of music he has worked on. Primarily known and renown for heavy records and powerful bands, his aesthetic vision is and has always been far more subtle and refined than his resume could indicate. Actually h...
- 05/10/16Getting started
Drive it Home - The Operating Principles of Loudspeakers - Part 3
To finish with this overview of the most widely used type of speaker, we'll discuss electrodynamic cone models. To improve the performance in the high frequencies, the cone is usually replaced with a dome, which is in turn placed in what's called a "compression driver," and attached to an acoustic horn to improve the coupling with the air.
- 05/08/16Getting started
Slapback and Doubling with Delay - A guide to mixing music - Part 87
This time around, we'll look at two "classic" uses of the delay effect.
Producing for the Art of It - Multitalented producer Greg Wells talks about his craft and his gear
Although he spent most of his childhood playing and studying music, it wasn’t until Greg Wells was 18 that he got bitten by the recording bug. “I got my parents to co-sign a loan, and I bought a Mac Plus and a Fostex 4-track cassette machine,” he recalls. “I bought an Alesis Microverb, a terrible microphone and a cheap compressor, and I became r...
- 05/04/16Getting started
The Last Note - Recording a clean ending is not as simple as it may seem
When recording an ensemble or just overdubbing one instrument, there's one part of the song that gets very little attention: right after the very last chord or note has been struck. Especially if the last hit is a sustained one, a lot can go wrong while those notes are decaying.
- 05/03/16Getting started
Of Suspensions and Magnets - The Operating Principles of Loudspeakers - Part 2
We started this series by describing the cone diaphragm of an electrodynamic speaker. It obviously plays an important role in the final quality of a speaker, as the radiating element, but it's far from being the only spot where signal can be degraded. Today I'll address the importance of the suspensions and magnets.