Sound Techniques feature articles
- 10/15/17Getting started
A final word - A guide to mixing music - Part 147
The time has come to put an end to this series of articles dedicated to the art of mixing. In this installment, which is unlike any other so far for obvious reasons, I invite you to take a look behind the scenes followed by a very personal "best of." But what would you say if we have a musical interlude first?
- 10/05/17Getting started
Recording bass guitar - Prerequisites (Part 2) - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 50
In the first installment of this chapter dedicated to the recording of bass guitar, you saw the impact the instrument itself can have on the overall result. But there's much more to consider before pressing the Rec button! Today we'll see the how different ways of playing the bass affect the end result.
- 10/02/17Getting started
Give it a twist - A guide to mixing music - Part 146
For this penultimate episode, I will show you some tricks that might end up disrupting your daily routine and spicing up your mixes. This article is obviously addressed to people having already some experience and who wish to break away from their habits and explore new horizons. If that's not your case, I recommend you to work in a more "tradit...
- 09/29/17Getting started
Recording bass guitar - Prerequisites (Part 1) - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 49
After the chapter dedicated to drums, it seems natural to continue with the second most important element of groove: the bass guitar. To begin this section I would really like to stress a notion I've been mentioning ever since we started this recording series: working at the source.
- 09/26/17Getting started
Serendipity - A guide to mixing music - Part 145
Today I ask you to join me in this somewhat particular article where I'll discuss something that's a bit off topic but you nevertheless ought to always bear in mind: accidents in the context of music creation.
- 09/24/17Getting started
Life-saving shortcuts - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 48
In the previous article we looked at some technical solutions that can ease the life of lone home studio owners. Mobile apps, MIDI pedalboards and wireless keyboards can prove very useful, as long as you know what functionalities you actually need when recording on your own. Something that depends on your personal working habits, which I would v...
The Ears Have It - For producer and mix engineer Dave Isaac, being a great listener has been the key to success
Music has been a huge part of Dave Isaac’s life since he started listening to it intently as a child. Isaac, who grew up in Detroit during the heyday of Motown, says that by the time he was five, he already owned about 100 vinyl records
- 09/20/17Getting started
Real-life mixing - A guide to mixing music - Part 144
In a couple of weeks, this mixing guide will come to an end. I'm not kidding! Even the neverending story must come to a conclusion. However, I do love good thrillers, so I left one last twist for the very end...
- 09/18/17Getting started
Recording yourself - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 47
You probably all know that technical tasks are mainly processed with one hemisphere of your brain while the artistic domain is handled by the other one. For reasons I won't get into here, it just so happens that the two hemispheres of your brain don't communicate optimally with each other. Consequently, it is strongly recommended to organize you...
- 09/15/17Getting started
Increasing your productivity - A guide to mixing music - Part 143
I must admit that today's topic makes me grind my teeth, but we really need to call things by their name. And, as with any other creative discipline, when it comes to mixing, productivity is important, if only to try to land all those ideas constantly roaming the mind of the "creator." Although, in my opinion this a lost battle anyway, because w...