Audio & music gear articles
Give Your Album its Own Sonic Signature - How to track and mix your project so it has a cohesive and memorable sound
A cohesive sonic signature helps make an album, EP or other multi-song project more appealing to listeners. If you listen to a classic album, whether it's Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon,” The Beatles' “Abbey Road,” Nirvana's "Nevermind," or countless others, you'll notice a sonic consistency throughout each one. You might think sonic cohesi...
- 01/17/16Getting started
A Handy Rule for Choosing Reverb Presets - A guide to mixing music - Part 66
My goal today is to try to make it even easier for you to choose your starting reverb preset...Yes, I know, it's starting to feel a bit like an obsession, but your choice in this regard is so important, that I can't insist enough on this.
- 01/15/16Getting started
Keep Your Music Data Safe! (part 2) - How to archive your finished DAW projects for future recall
In part 1 we looked at a backup strategy for preserving your active and recently active recording files. But what about archiving them when you’re finished? In part 2 of this 2-part series, we’ll talk about the best ways to archive your projects efficiently, and future proof them as much as possible.
A Chicken in Every Pedalboard - A review of the Electro-Harmonix Cock Fight pedal
Wah pedals are useful for more than just the standard “wah wah” effect. Sweeping the pedal’s filter to find a cool tone and then leaving it static as you play is also very effective. Known as the “cocked wah” effect, that’s the basis of Electro-Harmonix’s Cock Fight pedal, along with built in fuzz and a talking wah.
- 01/12/16Getting started
Sensitivity and Efficiency - Speaker specifications explained - Part 5
Knowing how much power a speaker can handle doesn't tell you anything about how much SPL it can deliver.
May the Volume Be With You - Klangfreund LUFS Meter Review
Let me introduce you to LUFS Meter, a downright clever plug-in that can make life easier to anyone taking the "Loudness War" seriously. And I hope there are many of you out there, considering the pains Audiofanzine goes to trying to make you aware of the issue...
- 01/10/16Getting started
How to Use the Pink Noise Trick - A guide to mixing music - Part 65
Despite everything I've told you, you might still be having some trouble trying to decide which preset is the best starting point for your song. Even more so considering that software makers are usually very generous when it comes to the number of presets they provide with their reverb plug-ins. As a consequence, even if you have a clear idea ab...
Lucky Sevens - A review of iZotope Ozone 7 Advanced and Ozone 7
The Ozone mastering suite from iZotope has gotten better with each major update. The latest, Ozone 7, adds vintage modules to its processing arsenal, which allow you to add warm, analog-like sounds. All but one of the new modules are exclusive to Ozone 7 Advanced, which is more costly than the standard version of Ozone 7. Both versions have see...
- 01/06/16Getting started
Keep Your Music Data Safe! (part 1) - How to avoid data disasters with a simple backup strategy
Computer experts will tell you that it’s not a matter of if your hard drive will crash, it’s a matter of when. Even solid-state drives (SSDs), though more reliable than those with spinning disks, can still crash unexpectedly. And when your hard drive goes, your data is most likely gone forever, or only salvageable through expensive data recovery...
- 01/05/16Getting started
Power Handling - Speaker specifications explained - Part 4
The notion of power is always highlighted by manufacturers and users alike. It seems to have a sort of exceptional seduction power, to the point that its actual importance gets diluted in the mental image that the general public has of it. So it's only wise to be cautious in this regard, especially considering that test conditions among manufact...