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 track…
Mastering and remastering - The Loudness War - Part 7
Here's the latest installment in our series of articles dedicated to the race for volume, and its consequences on music, sound and human ears.
Which Site is Best for Selling Gear? - A guide to selling your gear online — part 1
If you’re a home recordist or a performing musician, chances are you have gear you want to sell. Perhaps you’re thinking of upgrading to something better, or you have extra hardware or instruments th…
These instruments and effects may not be well known, bu… - 5 Cool Plug-ins You May Never Have Heard Of
Some people become addicted to plug-ins; others become connoisseurs. That is, they're borderline addicts but too refined to splurge on just anything. They need a certain something, which is what the…
Sidechain Compression - A guide to mixing music - Part 37
Today we'll continue unveiling new tricks and tips on compression with an installment dedicated to the sidechain.
A review of the EastWest Composer Cloud subscription se… - Instruments from the Cloud
Subscription-based plans are becoming more common for music software. While presumably a good thing for the developers, they’re not necessarily so great for users, who have to pay over and over for a…
Sonarworks Headphone Calibration Review - High Caliber
You all know what it's like to finish a mix that sounds amazing on your headphones and then try to show it to your grandma on her hi-fi system, only to discover that it sounds terrible. The mix is co…
Parallel Compression - A guide to mixing music - Part 36
In this week's chapter, we'll tackle a specific use of compression you have surely heard about before, not least in our series of articles dedicated to mastering. I'm talking about parallel compressi…
Conquer Your Musical Writer's Block - How to find inspiration when you're stuck in a rut
It’s the enemy of creativity, and it lurks in your subconscious, ready to spring at you when you least expect it. I’m talking about writer's block, the dreaded affliction of composers, songwriters, a…
Classic Gear Spotlight: The Les Paul - Part 2 - And the Guitar Was Born!
The telephone rings. Pegg's back suddenly stiffens, she adjusts her glasses before picking up the phone. She can tell by the timbre of the voice that asks for Ted McCarty that it's bad news for her b…