Getting Started feature articles
Acoustic Treatment and Soundproofing for Dummies - Setting Up Your Home Studio - Part 3
As I mentioned in the last article, the ideal home studio must have good room acoustics and soundproofing. But, what does these two concepts mean? To answer this question we need to dive into some theory.
The top studio headphones for less than $50 - The best studio headphones for less than $50
Sometimes, $50 for a pair of studio cans might be over your budget, be it because you don't have the money in the bank or you need to buy four at the same time or any other reason you can think of. But even then, at this price point, there are so many different models that you might have a hard time choosing one. With this in mind, we asked our me…
Using II-V-I and pivot chords - Harmony Basics - Part 19
In the previous article we saw how to use cadences to modulate to a different key. However, regardless of whether you use a cadence or not, a seamless modulation relies on the so-called pivot chords.
How to use tape machine and mixing console emulators - A guide to mixing music - Part 97
As promised, this week we'll see how to make the most of tape machine and console-emulating plug-ins.
The whys of using tape machine and console emulators - A guide to mixing music - Part 96
This week we'll keep on discussing distortion by addressing plug-ins that emulate legendary tape machines and consoles.
How to use harmonic distortion in a mix - A guide to mixing music - Part 95
Today you'll see how to put into practice everything you've learned so far about harmonic distortion.
The Top Tremolos for Guitar - The Best Type of Vibratos for Electric Guitar
Far from being a simple accessory, the vibrato has become an essential element in the playing style of many guitarists. Be it for subtle modulations with clean sounds or dive bombs with fat distortions, tremolo bar fans often look for specific types of vibratos. 403 members of the French version of Audiofanzine took part in a poll to choose their …
The Top Electric Guitar Tuners - The Best Electric Guitar Tuners
Is there anything more annoying than a guitar that won't stay in tune? Most guitar lovers will say no. While there are several factors to consider, the quality of the tuning machines plays a crucial role to guarantee stability and comfort. But there are so many options out there that it's hard to make a decision. We polled 427 members of the Frenc…
The Role of Cadence and Characteristic Notes in Modulat… - Harmony Basics - Part 18
It's not uncommon for a composer/songwriter to feel the need to leave the original key of the song he's writing and go explore some other ones. There are many reasons for that: to change the mood (i.e. the key!) of the song, to catch the attention of the listener, to create surprises, etc. And this is where the principle of modulation, which we wi…
Getting acquainted with harmonic distortion - A guide to mixing music - Part 94
This week we'll continue exploring harmonic distortion.