Signal processing and effects plug-ins that won’t break… - 12 Quality Plug-ins for $100 or Less
Although top-of-the-line processor and effects plug-ins can be expensive, there are alternatives available that offer quality performance at budget-friendly prices. In this article, I’ll look at 12 such plug-ins, all costing $100 or less. I’ll cover signal processing and digital effects plug-ins in the following categories: reverb, delay, compress…
The Different Forms of Granular Synthesis - Sound synthesis, sound design and audio processing - Part 20
In the previous article we introduced the concept of granular synthesis. Today we'll take a look at the different applications for it.
A synth expert picks his top 5 virtual instruments - These Are a Few of My Favorite Synths
I’ve been writing about synthesizers since the 1970s and reviewing virtual instruments since the 1990s. Still, when Audiofanzine asked me to pick my "top 5" software synths, it was no easy feat, as there are so many good ones to choose from. After careful consideration, I chose the five that I've found most useful in a variety of musical situation…
Why We Compress - A guide to mixing music - Part 27
In this second installment dedicated to dynamics processing during mixdown, we'll take some time to discuss the whys before moving on to the hows.
Kurt Bloch talks setup and maintenance for electric gui… - Advice from a Guitar Tech
Kurt Block knows electric guitars. He has been working on them for three decades. He started out working on guitars in the bands he was in, and nowadays maintains the guitar collection at Gibson’s entertainment relations office in Seattle, one of eight in the U.S. — and 20 worldwide — that the company maintains to put on promotional events and pro…
An introduction to Granular Synthesis - Sound synthesis, sound design and audio processing - Part 19
In the two previous articles we looked at the principle behind sample-based synthesis. Among other things, this allowed us to establish that, thanks to digital technology, the frontiers between the different sound-generation modes ─ like simple waveforms and complex pre-recorded samples ─ have become more and more porous.
Dynamics Processing 101 - A guide to mixing music - Part 26
This week we'll tackle dynamics processing during mixdown, a very thorny subject if there ever was one...To approach the topic in the best way possible, it's useful to begin with a quick rundown of the concept of dynamics.
Sampling: Wavetables - Sound synthesis, sound design and audio processing - Part 18
In the previous article, we took a first look at sampling, from the point of view of Pulse Code Modulation (PCM). In this installment we'll study wavetables and sample banks.
Delay Tips and Tricks - 5 digital delay techniques that will spice up your mixes
Digital delay is one of the most versatile effects you can apply to your music. It can do everything from subtle doubling to crazy stereo ping-pong effects and a lot more. In this article we’ll show you five cool delay techniques that you can use to spice up your recordings.
Which Comes First? - A guide to mixing music - Part 25
Before we tackle the next major section of this series ─ dynamics ─ let's diverge briefly to take stock of where we are in the process, and cover an important issue involving effect-chain order.