Getting Started articles
AUDIO RECORDING - ultimate guide (100 episodes) - Or how to become a pro sound engineer ;)
Once the mastering series is finished and now that the mixing guide is (finally!) arriving the end, it's only natural that Audiofanzine asked me to extend this tale told backwards with a new series dedicated to recording.
MIXING IN A HOME STUDIO - ultimate guide (150 episodes) - A Guide To Mixing Music
Given the good response our "Mastering at Home" series received, yours truly has put himself to the task of doing a similar guide dedicated to recording and mixing.
HOME MASTERING - ultimate guide (22 episodes) - Become a master in mastering. In your bedroom.
After more than 20 weeks, the time has finally come for the last installment in our series dedicated to mastering at home. Today we won't be making any miraculous revelations. Instead, we'll give you one final piece of advice, "for the road."
THE LOUDNESS WAR (12 episodes) - Why and how levels are always higher. And how to fix this madness.
Volume, more volume! Yes, but at what price? This series of articles will review the origins of the volume race, the physical considerations, new standards and tools, and their impact on public health.
SOUND SYNTHESIS & SOUND DESIGN (30 episodes) - Make Jean-Michel Jarre sound like a beginner
Throughout history, humans all around the globe have never stopped diversifying the uses of music ─ ritual, recreational, intellectual, etc. ─ and have produced it using their voices and bodies or through the development and practice of musical instruments. Through the 19th century, the basic methods for creating music were the same: Hitting anima…
MUSIC THEORY - ultimate guide (68 episodes) - It All Starts with Twelve Notes...
I know for certain that there are many talented musicians among you, even though the theoretical side of music has always put you off. Some others might have a classical education, but dropped music theory as soon as you knew enough to decipher sheet music.
Synthetic scales from tetrachords of altered modes - Pa… - Harmony Basics - Part 68
In the previous article you learned that Lydian tetrachords were absent from the modes of the melodic minor scale. But since we really like the oddest combinations, I suggest we wrap up this brief review of the different possibilities offered by the use of tetrachords looking at what happens when you combine Lydian tetrachords with the new tetrach…
Headphone mix for the singer - Part 4 - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 99
In this fourth part you'll learn how to fine-tune the cue mix for the singer by improving the ordinary in no time.
Synthetic scales from tetrachords of altered modes - Pa… - Harmony Basics - Part 67
Last time we started exploring the tetrachords of the altered modes in general and the synthetic scales created from the tetrachords of the melodic minor scale in particular. You saw that apart from the tetrachords of the natural modes, altered modes provide a whole new range of "building bricks": the diminished, harmonic, Lydian #2 and minor #4 t…
Headphone mix for the singer - Part 3 - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 98
After the brief detour last week to discuss a less conventional way to handle the cue mix, today we'll go back to the more traditional way, that is the use of a good ol' pair of headphones. We'll discuss a method that will allow you to provide the singer a perfect cue mix while at the same time help you set the recording levels.