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  • Recording Bass

    Recording Bass - In the Studio with Michael Wagener Pt.4 - Bass


    We've already dealt with drums and guitar, now it's time for the bass...

  • Recording Electric Guitar

    Recording Electric Guitar - In the Studio with Michael Wagener Pt.3 - Electric Guitar


    After having detailed how he records drums, Michael Wagener tackled guitars in this episode.

  • Introduction to Audio Encoding

    Introduction to Audio Encoding - Audio Encoding: What Lies Ahead?


    In today's high definition world, we want the best quality in every film, picture, and sound we encounter. Blu-Ray DVD's seem poised to take over the market, pushing the inferior DVD's down the same path as the VHS tape. In much the same way, we see digital audio pushing for the same quality. Although the popularity of the iPod and mp3s has …

  • Context!!!!

    Context!!!! - Spice it up! An Introduction To Modes


    The aim of this article is to serve as a simple and straightforward introduction, or re-introduction, to the wonderful, but sometimes confusing world of modes.

  • Understanding Reverb

    Understanding Reverb - Craig Anderton: Understanding Reverb


    When we hear sounds in the “real world,” they are in an acoustic space. For example, suppose you are playing acoustic guitar in your living room. You hear not only the guitar’s sound, but because the guitar generates sound waves, they bounce off walls, the ceiling, and the floor. Some of these sound waves return to your ears, which due to their tr…

  • Learning to Read Music

    Learning to Read Music - Music Notation Basics


    It's never too late to learn how to read music, and with a little practice and tenacity, the basics can be learned quite quickly. And because knowing how to read and write music still has its benefits and uses, no matter what style of music you're into, this article has been put together to present the most important and prominent of these basics.

  • Time (1)

    Time (1) - Basics of Acoustics: Time (I)


    With stopwatch in hand, our perception of time seems straightforward. But in everyday life we’re not always watching the clock, and everyone knows that the passage of time is relative. It differs from one person to another and especially from one activity to another: An hour spent watching a great movie doesn’t feel as long as an hour in traffic.

  • Timbre (II)

    Timbre (II) - Basics of Acoustics: Timbre (II)


    In part I we gave a "physical" definition for timbre. We stressed its "plural" aspect and discussed the elements which make it up and define it. Above all we discussed the infinite number of possible combinations between these spectral components.

  • Timbre (or Sound Quality)

    Timbre (or Sound Quality) - Basics of Acoustics: Timbre (I)


    The goal of this article is to help develop knowledge of basic acoustic principles. This in turn will help you to understand, and eventually master, the basic techniques of sound engineering and recording. Each section has a theme that is first defined in technical terms and then commented on in practical terms in respect to audio equipment.