The Mad Max composer on his free video tutorial series,… - Junkie XL Gives Back
Tom Holkenborg (aka “Junkie XL”) has had a long and successful music career as a producer, recording artist, and remixer — and over the last several years he's become a top Hollywood film composer. He’s scored big-budget movies including Mad Max and Divergent: and he’s now working on the music for Batman and Superman.
Dialing in a Multiband Compressor - A guide to mixing music - Part 40
In the previous article we saw how multiband compression can be used at the mixing stage. Today I'll show you how to dial in a multiband compressor to get the best results.
Good Arrangements = Better Mixes - The road to a good mix starts very early — in the arrangement stage
Before multitracks were invented, when all recording was done totally live, it was the arrangement more than anything that made the music sound balanced. The composer had to write for the ensemble as a whole, taking into account the frequency and dynamic character of the instruments, in order to blend everything just right. Although it’s not compl…
The Ondes Martenot and the Ondioline - Sound synthesis, sound design and audio processing - Part 28
As I mentioned in the previous article, I want to end this series by reviewing some rather extraordinary instruments.
In tandem with Advance series controllers, VIP lets you… - [Video] Akai VIP Software in Action
We recently reviewed the Akai Advance 49 keyboard. In fact, we gave it an Audiofanzine Award for Innovation. A big part of the value of the Advance series keyboards is that they include VIP software (standalone and plug-in), which allows you to access all of your VST instruments from one convenient interface. In this video, we take VIP through its…
A First Look at Multiband Compression - A guide to mixing music - Part 39
In this new installment we'll tackle multiband compression during mixdown.
eBay Selling Tips for Musicians - A guide to selling your gear online — part 2
In the first installment of this series, we talked about the relative advantages and disadvantages of sites like eBay and Craigslist for selling your gear online. This time around, we’ll focus on eBay, and offer tips for how to sell more successfully on the massive online auction site.
Stochastic and Graphic Synthesis - Sound synthesis, sound design and audio processing - Part 27
Graphic and stochastic synthesis are not very widely used and, yet, they are quite interesting. Let's see why...
Review of the Electro-Harmonix Pitch Fork - A Devilishly Clever Pitch Shifter
The Pitch Fork is a powerful and clean-sounding pitch shifter with some smartly designed features. It can produce shifts of plus or minus 3 octaves, which can make for some pretty cool and unusual sounds. With the addition of an expression pedal (not included), you can get whammy style effects as well.
Compression as Glue - A guide to mixing music - Part 38
This week we'll look into a side effect of compression that's beneficial, as long as you use it wisely. It's the so-called "glue" effect that takes place when you use a compressor on a group of tracks or even on the entire mix.