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Power Tips for the Pro Tools Novice – Part 1 - Learn How to Produce Music Faster and More Efficiently with Pro Tools
Avid Pro Tools features industry standard audio recording, editing, and mixing, along with a reasonably well-featured MIDI section. But with an application this powerful, getting up to speed can take time. In this two-part story, we'll present a selection of tips and tricks to help you work more quickly and efficiently in Pro Tools.
DIY Sound Effects - Create Cool Sound Effects With Special Techniques
If you produce podcasts or videos, adding sound effects can provide a whole new dimension to your production. While sound libraries and online EFX sites are convenient for finding effects, consider creating some of the effects yourself. If done well, it can add an original touch to the audio. Here’s a look at some basic ideas for creating your own…
Soldering Basics for Guitar Players - Part 1 - Soldering Equipment for Beginners
The use of a soldering iron is indispensable if you need to change the pickups, a jack or any other component of your guitar. While changing a string is no secret for most of us, it's a whole different story when it comes to fiddling with the electronics. That's why we'll address the best practices for correct and reliable soldering in this series…
Mastering at Home - Part 14 - Best ways to Use Dithering When Mastering Music
In this 14th episode, we will deal with a mysterious stage in the mastering chain: Dithering
Carmen Rizzo on the Post-Apocalyptic Music Business, Fi… - L.A. Renaissance Man
Talk about multi-talented: L.A.-based Carmen Rizzo is a two-time Grammy-nominated producer/artist/electronic musician and composer whose credits include Seal, Coldplay, Paul Oakenfold and Ryuichi Sakamato, among many others. He's released 6 solo albums; writes scores for films, video games and TV; has produced numerous artists; and is also the U.S…
Mastering at Home - Part 13 - Key Tips on Using a Limiter While Mastering Music
This week we will tackle a landmark in the mastering chain — the limiter.
Cheap Synth Apps with Rich Sound - Five Cool iOS Synthesizers for Under $10
The quality and variety of synthesizers available for your iOS device just keeps getting better and better. Although many of the top, name-brand synths will cost you in the range of $20 or even more, there are some great ones on the iTunes Store for half or a quarter of that price. Here are five synths that range from free to $9.99, and offer a lo…
Quantizing Basics - Fix the Timing in your MIDI Tracks for a Natural Sound
The quantize function in your DAW lets you to clean up sloppy timing in MIDI recordings, and in many DAW’s, in audio tracks, too. It’s very powerful, but also very easy to overuse. Here, we’ll look at the standard quantize parameters, and explain how they work and how to apply them.
Solutions to Keep Your Guitar Safe - How to Choose the Right Guitar Stand
The guitar hasn't quite followed the evolution of its creator ─ the homo sapien ─ and still cannot stand up straight on its own. So, after having to break that news to you, let's look at the different options to keep your guitar standing safely.
Mastering at Home - Part 12 - EQ Automation When Mastering Music
Before moving on to the next processor in the mastering chain — the limiter/maximizer — it's appropriate to talk about a topic often overlooked by many people learning to master: Automation.