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  • Recording bass guitar - A matter of phase (Part 1)

    Recording bass guitar - A matter of phase (Part 1) - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 53


    Up to now, we've recorded a bass line in two different ways: directly from the instrument and via one or several mics placed in front of a bass amp. As you were able to hear, each of these methods has its own character, both from a spectral and dynamics point of view. And with that alone you ought to have plenty to do.

  • DAWs most used by the community in 2017

    DAWs most used by the community in 2017 - Top digital sequencers of 2017


    Audio sequencers never stop evolving. Household names strive to introduce new features without losing their essence while, on the other hand, you have new players who want to join the race betting strongly on innovation. With this in mind, we set out to discover the preferences of the French Audiofanzine community in terms of DAWs. And we thought …

  • Forced motions and resolutions

    Forced motions and resolutions - Harmony Basics - Part 25


    In the previous article you saw how the different voices of a chord evolved to get to another chord, following a very specific voice leading procedure, which is called a "forced" motion. And that's what we will see in detail today.

  • Recording a bass amp

    Recording a bass amp - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 52


    In the previous article, you saw how to direct record an electric bass. Although such recordings can be pretty good, they have a major drawback: lack of body. This can be a real problem when the production you are working on requires a fat foundation. So, if you wish to perk up your groove again, you need to use a more conventional way of recordin…

  • Summary of the main chapters

    Summary of the main chapters - Guide to Mixing - Summary


    Have you just finished recording and editing the tracks of your masterpieces? That's great news! But you still have quite some work left to do before your songs are ready to be listened by other human beings. Now that you've got all the ingredients of your song, the time has come to move into the kitchen and start cooking things up.

  • Context and first resolution

    Context and first resolution - Harmony Basics - Part 24


    In the last article, we saw consonances and dissonances according to our Western point of view, as well as the alternation that governs their use. In the present article you will see how to lead these dissonances towards consonances, respecting the alternation in question.

  • Direct recording a bass guitar

    Direct recording a bass guitar - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 51


    After two articles dealing with the pre-requisites for any bass recording worthy of the name, today we will dive into the heart of the matter with the direct recording of a bass guitar.

  • A final word

    A final word - A guide to mixing music - Part 147


    The time has come to put an end to this series of articles dedicated to the art of mixing. In this installment, which is unlike any other so far for obvious reasons, I invite you to take a look behind the scenes followed by a very personal "best of." But what would you say if we have a musical interlude first?

  • Recording bass guitar - Prerequisites (Part 2)

    Recording bass guitar - Prerequisites (Part 2) - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 50


    In the first installment of this chapter dedicated to the recording of bass guitar, you saw the impact the instrument itself can have on the overall result. But there's much more to consider before pressing the Rec button! Today we'll see the how different ways of playing the bass affect the end result.

  • Give it a twist

    Give it a twist - A guide to mixing music - Part 146


    For this penultimate episode, I will show you some tricks that might end up disrupting your daily routine and spicing up your mixes. This article is obviously addressed to people having already some experience and who wish to break away from their habits and explore new horizons. If that's not your case, I recommend you to work in a more "traditio…