Sound Techniques feature articles
Extreme Drum Processing - Exploring the Art of Filthy Signal Mutation
I like music with a distinctly electronic edge, but also want a human "feel." Trying to resolve these seemingly contradictory ideals has led to some fun experimentation, but one of the more recent "happy accidents" was finding out what happens when you apply heavy signal processing to multitracked drums played by a human drummer. I ended up with...
Dynamics Processing Meets Rock Guitar - How to Compress a Guitar or Bass
Dynamics processing with studio-oriented processors? Been there, done that. But have you re-visited it lately in a guitar context? Dynamics control for vocals or program material is very different compared to guitar. Much of this is because there are many ways to use dynamics processing for guitar (or bass). So, let's take a look at the differen...
Curves of Steal: Fabulous Frequency Felons - Curve Analysis and Acquision Software
Bob Ludwig, Doug Sax, Bernie Grundman - they're masters of mastering. They produce hit after hit, with nothing at their disposal other than...well, experience, talent, great ears, the right gear, and superb acoustics.
A Guitarist's Guide to Multiband Distortion - The Next Big Thing in Guitar Distortion
If you're a guitarist and you're not into multiband distortion...well, you should be. Just as multiband compression delivers a smoother, more transparent form of dynamics control, multiband distortion delivers a "dirty" sound like no other.
Multitrack Drum Libraries - How to Get the Most Out of Them
More drum libraries are showing up in multitrack format from companies like Discrete Drums, Wizoo, East-West, Reel Drums, etc. Although these are sold on the basis of being useable out of the box for drum parts (with the additional advantage of being mixable), I see them more as a gold mine of raw materials for creating custom drum loops. Being ...
Mastering: The DIY Guide - How to Master Your Music at Home
Mastering is one of the few creative processes that still finds itself quite high up on a pro-audio pedestal. The creation of music, the recording, mixing and production is all within the hands of the home user but mastering still seems to be just out of reach...Or is it?
Audio Mastering - Top 10 Most Frequently Asked Questions
Tom Volpicelli of The Mastering House answers the top 10 common questions about mastering.
Infected Mushroom Sound Alchemy - Exclusive Interview Reveals Production Tips and Tricks
Innovators, geek tricksters, obsessive-perfectionists, un-serious, electronic-rock geniuses? Time will tell, yet The Legend of the Black Shawarma, Infected Mushroom’s 7th album release will certainly grab the chair from underneath you and leave you thinking- I’m not sure what was this meticulous musical chaos, but I can’t stop moving even after ...
EQ and Compression Techniques Pt.2: Drums - EQ and Compression Techniques Pt.2: Drums
Despite the preponderance of exceptional drum samples and loops on the market, for certain genres of music (notably country and rock) there is no substitute for a great session drummer playing on a well-recorded and mixed drum kit. One thing that samples and loops can’t provide is the great rhythmic instincts an accomplished live player draws up...
In the Studio with Michael Wagener Pt.4 - Bass - Recording Bass
We've already dealt with drums and guitar, now it's time for the bass...