Getting Started articles
The Top MIDI Grooves - The Best MIDI Files for Virtual Drums
So, you bought some virtual drums but none of the grooves really fit in your new song? Here you have a list of the best MIDI publishers- in no particular order of course.
How to Prepare a Mixing Session - Organizing Before Mixing Audio
The art of mixing requires technical competency as well as a good dose of creativity. However, often times such characteristics don't get along well inside our brain...
Going Further with Vocal Warm Up - Consistency and Range Transition in Vocals
It's time to retake our vocal warm-up process, which we started with 10 minutes of thoracic diaphragm and vocal folds relaxation. Our purpose this time is to go one step further and deal with one of the most difficult things to achieve when singing: smooth transitions between our two main voice ranges.
Setting the Controls of a Passive Bass Guitar - Finding the right sound with your passive bass guitar
Even with a very flexible amp that allows for an easy, fast and effective sound control, your audio chain always starts with your instrument and depends on your instrument settings.
Taming a New Studio - How to Control a Monitoring System
Regardless of whether you're mixing in a studio you don't know, just bought a new monitoring system or moved into a new flat, it's crucial for you to get used to your listening environment before starting to work. This essential step will take only a few minutes if you follow the strict but effective workflow explained below!
The 10-minute Vocal Warm-Up - A Quick Vocal Warmup
To get the best possible vocal performance (and to avoid breaking your voice during the first song), singers should warm up, just like sportsmen do. Many different schools offer different techniques to achieve this, but considering it's your body we are talking about here, you should try to find out what works best for you! Nevertheless, here are …
Automation Basics - What is Automation?
Many of the features in our DAWs come from the analog world, and automation is no exception. In order to understand what it is all about, let's go back to the time when the only digital gear in a recording studio was an LCD clock...
Reverb Parameters - How to Set a Reverb Processor
Unless you're living in a tent in the middle of the desert, you are exposed to numerous natural reverberations every day. Our ears perceive reverberations that our brain interprets automatically to inform us about the shape, size and nature of the place where we are. Close your eyes and listen carefully. You'll notice that the sense of hearing pro…
Sidechain - How Does a Sidechain Work?
Back in the analog area, audio effects with a sidechain circuit were rare and usually among the most expensive. So sidechain was used only in big productions to fine tune the processing of certain recordings. With modern DAWs, sidechains are now available to everyone and most dynamic processors include them. Nowadays, people use the sidechain to c…
The Real Blind-Test - Everything About the ABX Test
When you want to compare two audio samples, it's often hard to tell if you are actually hearing a difference or if your ears and your brain are cheating you. In fact, hearing is a somewhat unreliable sense: our hearing memory is very short and you can lose your bearings very easily...