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  • DAW Tips for Tracking

    DAW Tips for Tracking - Advice to make recording in your DAW more productive


    Your DAW is a powerful piece of software, and the more you can take advantage of its capabilities, the better your results will be. In this article, we offer up an assortment of DAW-related tips to help you get the most from the tracking process.

  • Left, Right and Center

    Left, Right and Center - A guide to mixing music - Part 12


    As mentioned in the last installment, we'll start the rough mix by panning the different elements of the mix. To do that, I recommend you an incredibly effective game I discovered several years ago thanks to a sound engineer friend of mine. Romano, if you are reading these lines, thank you again for this find!

  • Create a Rough Mix

    Create a Rough Mix - A guide to mixing music - Part 11


    In the last installment, I gave you an overview of the mixing method I'll be presenting in the upcoming articles. In that workflow, one of the first things you need to do is create a rough mix, and in this article, we'll focus on doing just that.

  • A Method to Your Mixing

    A Method to Your Mixing - A guide to mixing music - Part 10


    This time, I will give you an overview of the mixing method we will follow in the coming weeks. I don't intend it to be "The Method," since there are lots of other ones that are just as valid. However, I think this way of doing things will give you a solid foundation for you to develop your own method.

  • Critical Listening

    Critical Listening - A guide to mixing music - Part 9


    Besides guaranteeing "virtual headroom" and an optimal level to process each track with any plug-in or outboard gear, the "gain staging" method described in the last installment also allows you to make your first "realistic" critical listening of the song you are about to mix, in order to fine-tune your vision about it and lay down the foundations…

  • Should You Go Paperless Onstage?

    Should You Go Paperless Onstage? - The pros and cons of using an iPad to view charts and lyric sheets on the gig


    If you’re one of those performing musicians who needs to bring charts and lyric sheets to the gig or rehearsal, you might want to consider getting rid of all that paper and your music stand, and conveniently viewing and storing all of those documents on an iPad or other tablet. Let’s look at the pros and cons.

  • It's Your Gain!

    It's Your Gain! - A guide to mixing music - Part 8


    In this installment, we will examine the first practical task of your mix, which also happens to be the last purely technical one. Once you've done it, you will finally be able to confront your vision of the song with its "reality" in order to establish a mixing strategy.

  • Start Small, Think Big

    Start Small, Think Big - A guide to mixing music - Part 7


    From what we've seen up to now, we could deduce the following: Mixing can be assimilated to assembling pieces of a 4D puzzle according to a given tempo to form a sonic moving picture. But what can we actually learn from looking at it this way?

  • Time Is on Your Side

    Time Is on Your Side - A guide to mixing music - Part 6


    As eloquent as it may be, the puzzle analogy for mixing conceals a major aspect of music ─ in the end, the puzzle represents only a static image, yet music is essentially dynamic. So it's only natural to complete the riddle by adding a new parameter to the equation: Time!

  • A Mono/Poly Game

    A Mono/Poly Game - Sound synthesis, sound design and audio processing - Part 9


    In the previous articles we saw what makes up a synthesizer's basic sound chain: Oscillators, followed by filters and an amplifier, plus envelopes to control them. We also saw that an oscillator can produce a sound wave, with more or less harmonics, but always based (as long as it's a periodic wave) on a fundamental sound, whose frequency can, in…