Noise Gate 101 - A guide to mixing music - Part 43
This week we'll tackle a type of dynamics processing that was used all the time in the analog days, but, bizarrely enough, doesn't get called upon nearly as much in the all-digital era. And yet it's a formidable tool whose possibilities are much wider than they seem at first glance. Let me introduce you to the noise gate.
A video tour of Fry Pharmacy Recording, an all-analog s… - A Studio Where Tape is Still King
Located about 20 minutes northeast of Nashville, Fry Pharmacy Recording is a throwback to the days when tape ruled supreme. Audiofanzine visited the studio recently, and we produced this video tour.
All You Need to Know About Sound Synthesis - Sound synthesis, sound design and audio processing - Part 30
Dear friends, the time has come to say goodbye, at least regarding this article series. This last article is a sort of summary of what we've seen throughout the series, which I hope has been useful.
Cool crossover gear and apps for iOS and Mac/PC - Bridging the Gap
With every passing iOS update from Apple, the variety, inventiveness and overall appeal of music-making apps for the iPad and iPhone just grows and grows. Yet most computer musicians and producers do the bulk of their work on a Mac or PC with desktop software. To help you pair the immediacy and fun of iOS music making with meaningful production fo…
Transient Processors - A guide to mixing music - Part 42
While the compressor is the tool par excellence when it comes to treating the dynamics of an audio signal, you shouldn't forget that there are other types of processors that can prove just as effective or even more so, depending on the situation. Today, we'll take a look at one of such tools: the Transient Designer.
A review of East West ProDrummer - Drumming with a Pro
The drum instrument market is a crowded one, and already full of excellent choices. East West, a company renowned for its high-quality instruments and sound libraries, has just thrown its hat in the ring with ProDrummer, a new MIDI drum instrument library that runs standalone or as a plug-in on the East West Play platform, and comes with 14,000 MI…
Tread Carefully on Craigslist - A guide to selling your gear online — part 3
Compared to eBay, Craigslist is like the Wild West. Whereas the former is governed by strict rules and regulations, Craigslist is basically a free for all. It offers you the opportunity to sell in your local area, with little or no expense. However, it also opens you up to a number of potential problems that you wouldn’t have on eBay.
The Trautonium and the Theremin - Sound synthesis, sound design and audio processing - Part 29
In the previous article we discovered two amazing instruments, the Ondes Martenot and the Ondioline. In this, the second-to-last installment of this series, I invite you to discover two even more amazing specimens!
A Who's Who of Software Compressors - A guide to mixing music - Part 41
The number of compressor plug-ins on the market is overwhelming. As you'll surely understand, it would be impossible for me to create an complete list here. Nevertheless, my collaboration with Audiofanzine and my "audio geek" side have led me to try out quite a few of them. So, here are my own personal favorites when it comes to software compresso…
It Can Happen to Anybody - The Loudness War - Part 8
This is the next installment in our article series dedicated to the race for volume, its consequences on music, sound and human ears.