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Recording bass guitar - Alternatives - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 57
When you begin recording in a home studio, the first thing you realize is that your main limitation are the room acoustics. And yet, with certain instruments you can forget completely about this issue. And why do I bring this up right now? Well, because it just so happens that the bass guitar is one of such instruments. So, here's a non-exhaustive…
The pedal point and the sus4 chord - Harmony Basics - Part 29
In the previous articles we dealt basically with dissonances and consonances and how they alternate following the different harmonic motions.
Mix engineer David Tolomei takes in-the-box mixing to t… - Plugged into the Mix
David Tolomei is one of the top mix engineers and producers on the indie and underground scenes. He cut his teeth as an assistant at New York's Avatar studios, which, at the time, was one of the most prestigious commercial facilities in the country. He later opened a studio in NYC's East Village, where he recorded, produced, and mixed client proje…
Recording bass guitar - With or without effects? - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 56
In this new episode dedicated to recording bass guitar, we'll deal with a somewhat thorny issue: should you record the bass with or without effects?
The Best Strings for Electric Guitar - Top Brands for Electric Guitar Strings
Every guitarist needs strings, and lots of them, so choosing the right type is important. Despite their seeming simplicity, these metallic threads can guarantee tuning stability, long-term durability and a matching sound for the guitar. We polled 1,223 members of the French version of Audiofanzine to come up with these rankings, and we thought we'…
Harmonic anticipation and appoggiatura - Harmony Basics - Part 28
Welcome to today's article, where we will keep on discussing motion in the harmonic domain. Last time we talked about suspension, so today we'll talk about its flip side: anticipation and its very close relative, the appoggiatura.
Recording bass guitar - Putting the perfect sound toget… - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 55
Okay, now that we've settled once and for all the question of phase correlation, the time has come to mix our bass tracks.
Harmonic suspension - Harmony Basics - Part 27
It's sometimes hard to believe the similarities between real-life events and music. You could say that when you are late or early in life, you are not in sync with your environment. Well it's similar in music: when something is delayed or comes early (as you will see in the next article), there's often dissonance. That's why you need to be well pr…
Recording bass guitar - A matter of phase (Part 2) - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 54
I guess some of you are a bit unhappy about how I closed the last installment. And you probably won't like me any better when you realize that the first paragraph still doesn't dive into the topic I put on hold last week... But what can I say, that's just the way I am.
Indirect resolutions - Harmony Basics - Part 26
In the previous article you saw how a resolution can be regular or... irregular. And it's precisely the latter that we will start exploring today. By doing this you will be able to observe, once again, how everything is linked to each other in the world of music harmony. Because we will touch upon some notions we've seen before, like cadence and c…