Getting Started articles
If it Ain't Broke, Don't Fix it - A guide to mixing music - Part 18
In this installment, we'll do a quick review on how to deal with the rest of the mid frequencies and the high end. Why a "quick" review? Well, because there are no systematic rules this time around and, especially, because we can make better use of these frequency bands in the second EQing stage, later on.
Introduction to the MIDI standard - Sound synthesis, sound design and audio processing - Part 11
In the previous article, we saw how the evolution of polyphony required ─ and, hence, lead to ─ the introduction of computing in the design of sound synthesis devices. We also saw that the arrival of multi-timbrality marked an additional step in the computerization of sound synthesis systems, given the need to use multiple data channels to control…
Into the Gray Zone - A guide to mixing music - Part 17
After cleaning up the low end, let's move on to the low/mids. You probably noticed that I wrote "low/mids" and not "low-mids". Why, you ask? Because we will be addressing frequencies between 100 Hz and 500 Hz, which is somewhere in between the lows and low-mids, as they are generally defined.
Polyphony, Paraphony and Multitimbrality - Sound synthesis, sound design and audio processing - Part 10
In the previous article we saw how a voice is defined in sound synthesis and how it can gather several oscillators without that necessarily meaning that the synthesizer in question is polyphonic.
Cleaning Up the Low End - A guide to mixing music - Part 16
In this installment, we'll continue our focus on EQ, looking at how to clear out unneeded clutter in the low end of the frequency spectrum.
Trim it Down - A guide to mixing music - Part 15
In this second installment dedicated to using an EQ during mixdown, I'll let you in on another "secret" and then we'll see where to actually start working...
The EQing Primer - A guide to mixing music - Part 14
Today we'll begin to address equalization. But be warned: We'll linger here quite a bit, considering that the EQ is the ultimate mixing tool.
The Match Game - How to use a match EQ to manipulate your audio
A Match EQ is a specialized type of equalizer plug-in that works by extracting the EQ profile from one audio file and applying it to another, so that the latter sounds more like the former. This type of EQ can be used both in corrective and creative ways, as you’ll see if you read on.
Demystifying Latency - Understand and minimize latency when recording in your DAW – Part 1
Every musician doing computer music, regardless of whether he or she is a beginner or a seasoned musician, is confronted with this problem. Audio delays, erratic MIDI management, crackles, and wild pops. Yes, latency is a pain. Fortunately for everybody involved in making music with a computer, there are several tricks that make the coexistence wi…
On the Level - A guide to mixing music - Part 13
Now that we've dealt with panning in our rough mix, it's time to address the levels. The goal is simply to find a basic balance that allows you to hear each element as clearly as possible, in accordance with your vision of the sonic puzzle.