- 11/18/17Getting started
Top 8-inch active monitor speaker sets for 700€ - The best 8-inch powered monitor speakers for less than 700€ per pair
Sometimes you need a couple of big speakers, but can't necessarily afford them. Don't panic! There are some speakers with an 8-inch woofer that can manage the low end quite decently without setting you back more than 700€ (about $800). We haven't tested all of them, but you probably have had (or have) the chance to listen to most of them.
- 11/14/17Getting started
Harmonic suspension - Harmony Basics - Part 27
It's sometimes hard to believe the similarities between real-life events and music. You could say that when you are late or early in life, you are not in sync with your environment. Well it's similar in music: when something is delayed or comes early (as you will see in the next article), there's often dissonance. That's why you need to be well ...
- 11/12/17Getting started
Recording bass guitar - A matter of phase (Part 2) - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 54
I guess some of you are a bit unhappy about how I closed the last installment. And you probably won't like me any better when you realize that the first paragraph still doesn't dive into the topic I put on hold last week... But what can I say, that's just the way I am.
- 11/11/17Getting started
The community's favorite electric guitars - Top electric guitar models
The results of our survey on the sequencers most used by the AF community seems to have drawn quite some attention among you. So we've decided to share with you another one we ran on electric guitars: A couple of months ago we asked our French readers to pick their favorite guitar from a list of 40 classic and popular models currently available ...
- 11/06/17Getting started
Indirect resolutions - Harmony Basics - Part 26
In the previous article you saw how a resolution can be regular or... irregular. And it's precisely the latter that we will start exploring today. By doing this you will be able to observe, once again, how everything is linked to each other in the world of music harmony. Because we will touch upon some notions we've seen before, like cadence and...
- 11/05/17Getting started
Recording bass guitar - A matter of phase (Part 1) - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 53
Up to now, we've recorded a bass line in two different ways: directly from the instrument and via one or several mics placed in front of a bass amp. As you were able to hear, each of these methods has its own character, both from a spectral and dynamics point of view. And with that alone you ought to have plenty to do.
- 11/04/17Getting started
Timeline: DAWs and software sequencers - A brief chronology of DAWs and audio sequencers
Three decades have gone by since computers revolutionized music production. And the pace of the market is so high that a timeline of the different DAWs and sequencers that have come and gone throughout the years can come in very useful to have a good overview of this constantly evolving segment.
- 11/02/17Getting started
DAWs most used by the community in 2017 - Top digital sequencers of 2017
Audio sequencers never stop evolving. Household names strive to introduce new features without losing their essence while, on the other hand, you have new players who want to join the race betting strongly on innovation. With this in mind, we set out to discover the preferences of the French Audiofanzine community in terms of DAWs. And we though...
- 10/30/17Getting started
Forced motions and resolutions - Harmony Basics - Part 25
In the previous article you saw how the different voices of a chord evolved to get to another chord, following a very specific voice leading procedure, which is called a "forced" motion. And that's what we will see in detail today.
- 10/30/17Getting started
Recording a bass amp - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 52
In the previous article, you saw how to direct record an electric bass. Although such recordings can be pretty good, they have a major drawback: lack of body. This can be a real problem when the production you are working on requires a fat foundation. So, if you wish to perk up your groove again, you need to use a more conventional way of record...