Music Software feature articles
Metering and Correction Software - The Loudness War - Part 11
In this, the penultimate installment in our series discussing the consequences of volume on music, sound and human ears, we look at tools for measuring loudness.
Learn the Pro Tools edit modes and tools in this tutori… - [Video] Get Started with Pro Tools Editing
When you're editing in Pro Tools, whether it's Pro Tools 12 or an older version, you won't get far if you don't understand how the edit modes and the main editing tools work. In this video we'll explain them to you.
How to fix pitch and timing with the most economical ve… - [Video] Tap the Power of Melodyne Essential
Melodyne Essential is the least expensive version of Celemony's acclaimed editing software, and though it doesn't have the same feature set of its big brother Melodyne Editor, it's nevertheless quite powerful if you need to correct pitch and adjust timing.
Classic synth emulations that won't cost you a dime - 5 Free Vintage Synth Plug-Ins
You often hear that a $1,000 laptop today has the power of a billion dollars worth of computer equipment from 50 years ago. Likewise, the equivalent of thousands of dollars of vintage synthesizer gear often exists in the form of a low-cost or even freeware plug-in. To say it’s a beautiful time to be a computer musician would be an understatement.
These instruments and effects may not be well known, bu… - 5 Cool Plug-ins You May Never Have Heard Of
Some people become addicted to plug-ins; others become connoisseurs. That is, they're borderline addicts but too refined to splurge on just anything. They need a certain something, which is what the following plug-ins — all available in AU/VST formats for Mac or Windows—have. These instruments and processors do things a little bit differently, an…
Virtual Tone Tips for Guitarists - How to get killer sounds with your amp-modeling plug-in
The debate about real amps versus modeling amps is over. Numerous blind tests among players and engineers have revealed that it’s often impossible to distinguish modeled amps from the real thing, especially when slotted in with the rest of the tracks in a mix.
Signal processing and effects plug-ins that won’t break… - 12 Quality Plug-ins for $100 or Less
Although top-of-the-line processor and effects plug-ins can be expensive, there are alternatives available that offer quality performance at budget-friendly prices. In this article, I’ll look at 12 such plug-ins, all costing $100 or less. I’ll cover signal processing and digital effects plug-ins in the following categories: reverb, delay, compress…
A synth expert picks his top 5 virtual instruments - These Are a Few of My Favorite Synths
I’ve been writing about synthesizers since the 1970s and reviewing virtual instruments since the 1990s. Still, when Audiofanzine asked me to pick my "top 5" software synths, it was no easy feat, as there are so many good ones to choose from. After careful consideration, I chose the five that I've found most useful in a variety of musical situation…
Put Your Best Feature Forward - 10 cool and innovative features from 10 top DAWs
All DAWS are definitely not created equal. Yes they can all record and edit audio and MIDI, host effects and software instruments, and provide facilities for mixing. But beyond those bread-and-butter functions, most offer some specific features that either none of the others do, or that none of the others can do as well. Here we present a look at …
Get Up to Speed with Apple Loops - A video lesson on using Apple Loops in Logic Pro X and GarageBand
Whether you're a Logic or GarageBand user, you can spice up your recordings with a huge range of instrument loops and sound effects via the Apple Loops that were included with your DAW. Here's a video tutorial to get you going right away.