Sound Techniques feature articles
Isolating your speaker cabinets for the best guitar s... - Gain without pain: giving the guitar cabinets their own space
For recording guitarists, one benefit of a head-and-stack configuration over a combo is that you can separate the amplifier from the speaker cabinet and run a long cable between the two.
Recording Levels And Gain Staging - How to get the levels "just right"
One of the questions that I get asked fairly often by neophyte recording enthusiasts is "how hot should I record?" The amount of signal you record per track can have an effect on not only the sound of that individual track, but on the overall mix of all tracks as well. There are definitely some misconceptions floating around out there in terms o...
Straight to the Bottom - How to Mix a Bass Guitar
A good bass line, played on a good bass, can be made into a great Bass track. But you need to know your way around your Bass Guitar Processing. Lets take a look at giving your bass that extra little something.
The Importance of Space in a Mix: Part 2 - Techniques for Mixing the Space
So you’ve recorded all your instruments and room captures, you’ve got a basic mix going, and you ‘ve selected your delays and reverbs. Now what?
The Importance of Space in a Mix: Part I - Tools for Mixing the Space
When entering a new space, how often do we consider it’s sonic characteristics. And more frequently, when building a mix, how often do we think of space(s) as its own sonic element?
Understanding the Basics of Sound Synthesis - The Fundamentals of Different Synthesis Methods
Many of those who use synthesizers in the modern technological world are not well versed in the basics of different kinds of synthesis. With the ease of computer-based synthesis, any synthesis program can be opened and fiddled around with by ear until something “cool” comes out.
EDM: Where Producing and Mixing Collide - Basic Concepts in Electronic Music Production
If you’re reading this article you might already know that EDM stands for Electronic Dance Music. The styles range over a wide gammet of musics, from House to Dubstep, Drum-n-Bass, and IDM (Intelligent Dance Music). While the specifics of each style are extremely diverse (even within different styles there are dozens of sub-styles) – certain att...
Exclusive Interview with Chris Athens - Interview with Mastering Engineer Chris Athens
Chris Athens is a senior mastering engineer at Sterling Sound, one of the world’s premier mastering facilities. Chris has mastered albums for Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, Nas & Damien Marley, Ciara, Pitbull, Coldplay, Erykah Badu, Weerd Science, Ben Folds Five, and many others.
4 Steps for Effective Guitar Mixing - How to Mix Guitar
The world may not revolve around guitar music anymore, but there is still a lot of it out there. Whether you’re working on face melting hardcore or a gentle country ballad, the presentation of the guitar content in the mix has a lot to do with the overall stylistic impression of the song.
Parametric Music with George Massenburg - Exclusive Interview with George Massenburg
It’s always a great and an unusual experience to meet a personality who has contributed some much to the evolution of the way we work. In addition to the videos previously released on Audiofanzine, we had the extreme pleasure to meet George Massenburg during his last Parisian visit and to talk more about music production with him. An interview ...