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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.
Extreme Drum Processing - Exploring the Art of Filthy Signal Mutation
I like music with a distinctly electronic edge, but also want a human "feel." Trying to resolve these seemingly contradictory ideals has led to some fun experimentation, but one of the more recent "happy accidents" was finding out what happens when you apply heavy signal processing to multitracked drums played by a human drummer. I ended up with...
Dynamics Processing Meets Rock Guitar - How to Compress a Guitar or Bass
Dynamics processing with studio-oriented processors? Been there, done that. But have you re-visited it lately in a guitar context? Dynamics control for vocals or program material is very different compared to guitar. Much of this is because there are many ways to use dynamics processing for guitar (or bass). So, let's take a look at the differen...
Curves of Steal: Fabulous Frequency Felons - Curve Analysis and Acquision Software
Bob Ludwig, Doug Sax, Bernie Grundman - they're masters of mastering. They produce hit after hit, with nothing at their disposal other than...well, experience, talent, great ears, the right gear, and superb acoustics.
Music Composing on the Fast Track - How to Compose Music in the Studio
Don't let technology get in the way of your inspiration—tame that technology, and make it work for you.
A Guitarist's Guide to Multiband Distortion - The Next Big Thing in Guitar Distortion
If you're a guitarist and you're not into multiband distortion...well, you should be. Just as multiband compression delivers a smoother, more transparent form of dynamics control, multiband distortion delivers a "dirty" sound like no other.
Multitrack Drum Libraries - How to Get the Most Out of Them
More drum libraries are showing up in multitrack format from companies like Discrete Drums, Wizoo, East-West, Reel Drums, etc. Although these are sold on the basis of being useable out of the box for drum parts (with the additional advantage of being mixable), I see them more as a gold mine of raw materials for creating custom drum loops. Being ...
An Ohm Story - Speakers, Amps & Impedance Feature Article
Considering that speaker/amp connections, impedance, the different combinations, and incorrect wiring are a recurring source of confusion for audio heads and musicians, we decided to try to clear things up a little.