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Choose the Right Pots for Your Electric Guitar - Help Picking the Right Pots for Your Electric Guitar
Most guitarists don't think too much about the pots (potentiometers) inside their guitars, unless they start going bad and making noise. But did you know there are different types of pots with different characteristics? So if you need to replace a pot because it's become noisy, or you just don't like the way it responds, here's some info to help y…
Understanding the Specifics of a Guitar Neck - What Type of Guitar Neck to Choose
Guitar necks come in different shapes, sizes and finishes. So, how can you pick the right one for you? In this article we'll explore the different neck options available, in order to understand their basic characteristics in terms of comfort.
Studio in a Backpack - Part 2 - Advice on Interfaces, Microphones and Monitors for a Portable Studio
In part 1, we looked at choosing a bus-powered audio interface to use for connecting microphones, instruments and MIDI controllers to your iPad. In this second installment, we'll look at an alternative approach for equipping your studio for audio and MIDI input, as well as other components you'll need to complete your mobile setup.
Mastering at Home — Part 11 - Guide to Mid-Side Processing When Mastering
In this new installment of our article series dedicated to mastering at home, we will delve into the world of mid-side processing.
Studio in a Backpack — Part 1 - Interfaces to Help Build an Ultra-Portable, Battery-Powered iPad-based Music Studio
Did you ever dream of a totally mobile studio, a compact setup that can fit in a backpack? A rig that you can carry with you virtually anywhere, and record and produce music, even where there's no AC power? Now, thanks to the audio capabilities of the Apple iPad, that dream is both achievable and affordable.
An Interview With Legendary John Lennon and Aerosmith P… - Get Your Wings
Jack Douglas’s list of credits reads like a who’s who in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, and includes John Lennon, Aerosmith, Patti Smith, Alice Cooper, Cheap Trick, and many, many more. Not only is he a legendary producer, but also a talented bassist and composer. Audiofanzine had the chance to meet this legend while he was in Paris producing the…
Key Concepts for Instrument Miking - How to Get the Best Results When Recording Acoustic Instruments
If you’ve ever recorded an acoustic instrument, you already know that there’s more involved than just sticking a mic in front of it. Factors that influence how the recording will come out — besides the ability of the musician — include room acoustics, quality of the mic preamp, choice of mic, and mic placement. Rather than going into a deep dive…
Mastering at Home - Part 10 - How to Use Reverb When Mastering
In this tenth episode, we will tackle an effect that is seldom used by people starting out in mastering, namely, reverb.
Noises Off - How to Use Broadband Noise Reduction Software to Clean Up Music Recordings
Much as we try to avoid it, there are occasions when noise gets onto our recordings. It could be a live recording where the source was too quiet and background hiss was picked up, or a passage on electric guitar through a high-gain amp that was buzzing, or an air conditioner in the background that got recorded onto a track along with the source. S…
Producing a Vocal Session - Part 2 - Help With Producing a Singer in the Studio
In part 1, we looked at mic choices, setup, and creating a monitor mix that’s comfortable for the singer. Here, we’ll delve into some producing techniques that will help you coax the best performance from the vocalist.