Getting Started feature articles
Buying an Audio Interface - Part 1 - Demystifying the Specs and Features of an Audio Interface
Shopping for an audio interface can be daunting, due to the countless models on the market and the variations in inputs, outputs, formats, maximum sampling rates, and numerous other specifications. The aim of this 2-part article is to demystify the subject to make it easier for you to figure out which interface best suits your needs.
Mastering at Home - Part 5 - How to Use EQ when Mastering — In Practice
The latest installment of our Mastering at Home series deals with some common situations when using an equalizer.
Tips for Better Soloing - Make Your Solos More Interesting and Musical
Whether you play guitar, keyboard, saxophone or any other lead instrument, there’s more to being a good soloist than just having chops and knowing riffs. Playing fast is great, but speed by itself doesn’t make you a good lead player. No matter the musical genre, if you analyze good solos, even if they’re fast and frenetic, you’ll most often find t…
Why Headroom is Important - Keep Your Levels Down and Your Headroom Up, and Your Music Will Sound Better
You’ve probably heard the term “headroom” thrown around a lot. What it is, essentially, is a margin of safety between the loudest peaks of your track — or tracks, in the case of a mix — and 0 dB on your DAW’s meter, where your signal starts to clip and digital distortion can rear its ugly head. The difference between the peaks and 0 dBFS is your h…
Mastering at Home - Part 4 - How to Use EQ In Mastering — The Theory
In mastering, EQing could be your best friend or your worst enemy. Which of the two depends on your grasp of the word: subtlety!
Mixing: A 12-Step Program - A Helpful Approach for Efficiently Mixing Music
Here at Audiofanzine, we’ve covered many individual aspects of mixing, and offered detailed information on what to do in preparation for a mix. But we've also gotten requests for an overview of the entire mixing process. The problem is that there is no “right” way to mix; every mixer does things somewhat differently. Keeping that in mind, here's a…
Learn From Other Mixes - How to Analyze a Mix
Just like painting, photography and, obviously, music — mixing is an art in itself. And, as such, it also requires some training.
Protect Your Hearing - Don't let your ears get damaged by high sound levels onstage
Did your ears ever ring after you played a gig, and not stop for a day or two? Now imagine that same scenario, but the ringing never stops. Pretty scary, right? And that's not an uncommon circumstance. Ringing in your ears, which is called "tinnitus," is only one of the occupational issues musicians face from repeated exposure to high sound pressu…
Long-Distance Collaboration - Work Together Remotely via DAW File Sharing
Sharing tracks over the Internet makes it possible for musicians to work together remotely, whether they're around the corner from each other or around the world.
Mastering at Home - Part 3 - A Great Workflow for Mastering Music at Home
In this third part of our Home Mastering series, we will write about the process to follow in order to make the right decisions at the right time.