Sound Techniques feature articles
AUDIO RECORDING - ultimate guide (100 episodes) - Or how to become a pro sound engineer ;)
Once the mastering series is finished and now that the mixing guide is (finally!) arriving the end, it's only natural that Audiofanzine asked me to extend this tale told backwards with a new series dedicated to recording.
MIXING IN A HOME STUDIO - ultimate guide (150 episodes) - A Guide To Mixing Music
Given the good response our "Mastering at Home" series received, yours truly has put himself to the task of doing a similar guide dedicated to recording and mixing.
HOME MASTERING - ultimate guide (22 episodes) - Become a master in mastering. In your bedroom.
After more than 20 weeks, the time has finally come for the last installment in our series dedicated to mastering at home. Today we won't be making any miraculous revelations. Instead, we'll give you one final piece of advice, "for the road."
THE LOUDNESS WAR (12 episodes) - Why and how levels are always higher. And how to fix this madness.
Volume, more volume! Yes, but at what price? This series of articles will review the origins of the volume race, the physical considerations, new standards and tools, and their impact on public health.
SOUND SYNTHESIS & SOUND DESIGN (30 episodes) - Make Jean-Michel Jarre sound like a beginner
Throughout history, humans all around the globe have never stopped diversifying the uses of music ─ ritual, recreational, intellectual, etc. ─ and have produced it using their voices and bodies or through the development and practice of musical instruments. Through the 19th century, the basic methods for creating music were the same: Hitting anima…
HOW TO EXTRACT VOCALS FROM A SONG - Unmixing a cake is not a piece of cake. But extracting vocals is.
You've probably dreamed about removing or isolating vocals or instruments from a record to get a single vocal line or sample an instrumental loop. However, is this even possible?
Award-winning mixer Michael Brauer talks techniques, ge… - The Wizard of Compression
An eight-time Grammy-award winner, engineer Michael Brauer has put his magic mixing touch on albums for Coldplay, John Mayer, and the Dave Matthews Band among many others. He is known for his unique compression technique, often referred to as “Brauerizing.”
Headphone mix for the singer - Part 4 - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 99
In this fourth part you'll learn how to fine-tune the cue mix for the singer by improving the ordinary in no time.
Headphone mix for the singer - Part 3 - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 98
After the brief detour last week to discuss a less conventional way to handle the cue mix, today we'll go back to the more traditional way, that is the use of a good ol' pair of headphones. We'll discuss a method that will allow you to provide the singer a perfect cue mix while at the same time help you set the recording levels.
Headphone mix for the singer - Part 2 - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 97
Last week I mentioned the preposterous idea of using a speaker instead of headphones to send the cue mix to the singer. This obviously entails the mic picking up a lot of bleed, however as I implied back then, you can minimize this horrible crosstalk to make it acceptable. Lets see how...!