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Mastering at Home — Part 9 - The Use of Stereo Enhancers While Mastering Music
Today, our journey across the mastering world takes us into the slippery terrain of stereo enhancers.
Producing a Vocal Session - Part 1 - How to Get the Best Results When Recording a Singer in Your Studio
Producing a singer for a vocal overdub session sounds like a pretty straightforward task, but to get good results, you not only need good engineering chops, but the ability to coax the best performance out of the vocalist. In part 1 of this 2-part article, we’ll focus on the technical aspects, and we’ll delve into the producing considerations in p…
The Top Digital Reverb Pedals - A Look at the Best Digital Reverb Guitar Pedals
Indispensable on the pedalboard of any guitarist — right next to the overdrive/distortion — the reverb pedal allows you to add some ambient or to modify the position of a sound in a mix. Naturally, it has kept up with the digital evolution and there are many different models available on the market right now. We asked the Audiofanzine community wh…
The Top Guitar Pickup Brands - A Look at the Best Electric Guitar Pickup Makers
Electromagnetic transducers play a crucial role in the sound of a guitar player and many of us like to change the original pickups on our guitars. Here are the results of a survey we ran some time ago asking our readers to vote for their favorite pickup brands.
Mastering at Home — Part 8 - A Guide to Using Harmonic Exciters and Enhancers in Mastering
This eighth episode of our home mastering series will deal with harmonic exciters, harmonic enhancers and company.
How to Get Ready for Your First Gig - Part 1 - Getting ready for your first gig as a guitar player
The time has come, your band is ready for the big jump: Your first live gig as a guitar player is imminent. However, your stress is rising at a rate that would shock any cardiologist. Stay cool — here are some tips that will help you get ready for that memorable event.
How much power does your amp need for rehearsals and gi… - Choosing the Right Wattage for Your Guitar Amp
Thanks to "Doc" Emmett Brown, everybody knows that you need 1.21 gigawatts for a DeLorean to go back to the future when its flux capacitor runs out of plutonium.
Mastering at Home - Part 7 - A Guide to Multi-Band Compression in Mastering
In the previous article, we addressed compression within the context of home mastering with a classic compressor. It's time now to tackle multi-band compression.
Working with Drum Loops - Part 2 - Adding Fills, Crashes, and More
Part 1 looked at the importance of variation in a full-length drum loop track, and also gave tips on customizing drum loops by editing. Here I’ll look at two very important aspects of your drum loop part, the fills and the crashes, and also touch on mixing issues.
Which Type of Tuning Machines Are Best for You? - How to Choose Tuners for Electric Guitar
Broken, worn-out or simply ugly-looking tuners are often the cause of complaints by guitarists. If changing them is unavoidable, here is some info that will help you understand the subject better.