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- 04/14/14Getting started
Why Headroom is Important - Keep Your Levels Down and Your Headroom Up, and Your Music Will Sound Better
You’ve probably heard the term “headroom” thrown around a lot. What it is, essentially, is a margin of safety between the loudest peaks of your track — or tracks, in the case of a mix — and 0 dB on your DAW’s meter, where your signal starts to clip and digital distortion can rear its ugly head. The difference between the peaks and 0 dBFS is your...
- 04/11/14Getting started
Mastering at Home - Part 4 - How to Use EQ In Mastering — The Theory
In mastering, EQing could be your best friend or your worst enemy. Which of the two depends on your grasp of the word: subtlety!
- 04/09/14Getting started
Mixing: A 12-Step Program - A Helpful Approach for Efficiently Mixing Music
Here at Audiofanzine, we’ve covered many individual aspects of mixing, and offered detailed information on what to do in preparation for a mix. But we've also gotten requests for an overview of the entire mixing process. The problem is that there is no “right” way to mix; every mixer does things somewhat differently. Keeping that in mind, here's...
- 04/07/14Getting started
Learn From Other Mixes - How to Analyze a Mix
Just like painting, photography and, obviously, music — mixing is an art in itself. And, as such, it also requires some training.
- 04/05/14Getting started
Protect Your Hearing - Don't let your ears get damaged by high sound levels onstage
Did your ears ever ring after you played a gig, and not stop for a day or two? Now imagine that same scenario, but the ringing never stops. Pretty scary, right? And that's not an uncommon circumstance. Ringing in your ears, which is called "tinnitus," is only one of the occupational issues musicians face from repeated exposure to high sound pres...
- 04/02/14Getting started
Long-Distance Collaboration - Work Together Remotely via DAW File Sharing
Sharing tracks over the Internet makes it possible for musicians to work together remotely, whether they're around the corner from each other or around the world.
Gary Katz on Producing - Steely Dan’s Producer Talks Recording, Mixing, and More
During Steely Dan’s original incarnation, the band produced a string of classic albums that are admired equally for their smart and catchy songwriting, amazing musicianship, and state-of-the-art recording quality. Through that whole time, producer Gary Katz was a key member of the Steely Dan team, helping Donald Fagen and Walter Becker produce t...
- 03/26/14Getting started
Mastering at Home - Part 3 - A Great Workflow for Mastering Music at Home
In this third part of our Home Mastering series, we will write about the process to follow in order to make the right decisions at the right time.
- 03/25/14Getting started
Mastering at Home - Part 2 - Prepare for Your Mastering Session
In this installment, we'll offer some tips that will simplify your life when mastering.
- 03/24/14Getting started
Comparing Two Approaches to Drum-Track Creation - MIDI Drums vs. Audio Drum Loops
If you’re not a drummer, but you need drum tracks for your productions — and assuming you don’t have the budget and facilities to hire and record a real drummer — you’re going to need to use either MIDI drums or audio drum loops to create your drum parts. Having used both extensively, I thought it would be helpful to present some of the pros and...