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Working with Drum Loops - Part 1 - How to Make Loop-Based Drum Tracks Sound As Realistic As Possible
I’m not a drummer, but I often produce tracks in my studio that include drum parts. Sometimes I’m fortunate enough to be able to use a real drummer, but in most cases it’s just not practical. Instead, I frequently use drum loops. Because they are professionally mixed recordings of real drummers playing, they give you an instantly realistic sound. …
Cut the Mud from Your Mix - Remove Low-End Clutter from Your Mix with High-Pass Filtering
Guitars, vocals, pianos, drums or virtually any track in your mix, has extraneous low-frequency information that can be filtered out without compromising the sound. While you may not notice anything wrong with the way a track sounds when you listen to it by itself, when combined with many other tracks in the multitrack mix, all that unnecessary lo…
Mastering at Home — Part 6 - How to Use Compression While Mastering
Today we will focus on compression, another important aspect of the mastering process that's often misunderstood.
Buying an Audio Interface - Part 2 - Help Picking the Best Audio Interface
Part 1 looked at how to interpret the specs you see in ads and listings for audio interfaces. This time around, we offer info to help you figure out the audio interface that best fits your needs, presented in FAQ style.
Buying an Audio Interface - Part 1 - Demystifying the Specs and Features of an Audio Interface
Shopping for an audio interface can be daunting, due to the countless models on the market and the variations in inputs, outputs, formats, maximum sampling rates, and numerous other specifications. The aim of this 2-part article is to demystify the subject to make it easier for you to figure out which interface best suits your needs.
Mastering at Home - Part 5 - How to Use EQ when Mastering — In Practice
The latest installment of our Mastering at Home series deals with some common situations when using an equalizer.
Tips for Better Soloing - Make Your Solos More Interesting and Musical
Whether you play guitar, keyboard, saxophone or any other lead instrument, there’s more to being a good soloist than just having chops and knowing riffs. Playing fast is great, but speed by itself doesn’t make you a good lead player. No matter the musical genre, if you analyze good solos, even if they’re fast and frenetic, you’ll most often find t…
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 h…
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!
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 a…