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    Keep Your Levels Down and Your Headroom Up, and Your Music Will Sound Better

    04-14-2014 12:00
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/why-headroom-is-important-631.jpg" alt="" title="Keep Your Levels Down and Your Headroom Up, and Your Music Will Sound Better" /></p>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 headroom... <a href="http://en.audiofanzine.com/getting-started/editorial/articles/why-headroom-is-important.html">Read more on Audiofanzine</a>

    How to Use EQ In Mastering — The Theory

    04-13-2014 06:00
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/mastering-at-home-part-4-628.jpg" alt="" title="How to Use EQ In Mastering — The Theory" /></p>In mastering, EQing could be your best friend or your mortal enemy. Which of the two depends on your grasp of the word: subtlety!.. <a href="http://en.audiofanzine.com/getting-started/editorial/articles/mastering-at-home-part-4.html">Read more on Audiofanzine</a>

    A Step-By-Step Workflow for Your Next Mix

    04-09-2014 12:00
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/mixing-a-12-step-program-627.jpg" alt="" title="A Step-By-Step Workflow for Your Next Mix" /></p>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 roadmap for one approach... <a href="http://en.audiofanzine.com/getting-started/editorial/articles/mixing-a-12-step-program.html">Read more on Audiofanzine</a>

    Learning by Listening to Other Mixes

    04-07-2014 06:00
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/how-to-analyze-a-mix-554.jpg" alt="" title="Learning by Listening to Other Mixes" /></p>Just like painting, photography and, obviously, music — mixing is an art in itself. And, as such, it also requires some training... <a href="http://en.audiofanzine.com/getting-started/editorial/articles/how-to-analyze-a-mix.html">Read more on Audiofanzine</a>

    Don't Let Your Ears Get Damaged by High Sound Levels Onstage

    04-06-2014 12:00
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/protect-your-hearing-624.jpg" alt="" title="Don't Let Your Ears Get Damaged by High Sound Levels Onstage" /></p>Did your ears ever ring after you played a gig, and not stop for a day or two? Now imagine that same scenario, but the ringing never stops. Pretty scary, right? And that's not an uncommon circumstance. Ringing in your ears, which is called &quot;tinnitus,&quot; is only one of the occupational issues musicians face from repeated exposure to high sound pressure levels... <a href="http://en.audiofanzine.com/getting-started/editorial/articles/protect-your-hearing.html">Read more on Audiofanzine</a>

    Work Together Remotely via DAW File Sharing

    04-02-2014 12:00
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/long-distance-collaboration-622.jpg" alt="" title="Work Together Remotely via DAW File Sharing" /></p>Sharing tracks over the Internet makes it possible for musicians to work together remotely, whether they're around the corner from each other or around the world. .. <a href="http://en.audiofanzine.com/getting-started/editorial/articles/long-distance-collaboration.html">Read more on Audiofanzine</a>

    Steely Dan’s Producer Talks Recording, Mixing, and More

    03-27-2014 12:00
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/main/gary-katz-on-producing-621.jpg" alt="" title="Steely Dan’s Producer Talks Recording, Mixing, and More" /></p>During Steely Dan’s original incarnation, the band produced a string of classic albums that are admired equally for their smart and catchy songwriting, amazing musicianship, and state-of-the-art recording quality. Through that whole time, producer Gary Katz was a key member of the Steely Dan team, helping Donald Fagen and Walter Becker produce their acclaimed music. This was all done before the advent of digital recording, so achieving the sonic perfectionism that the band strove for took a lot of hard work. .. <a href="http://en.audiofanzine.com/recording-mixing/editorial/articles/gary-katz-on-producing.html">Read more on Audiofanzine</a>

    Methodology for DIY Mastering

    03-27-2014 12:00
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/mastering-at-home-part-3-619.jpg" alt="" title="Methodology for DIY Mastering" /></p>In this third part of our Home Mastering series, we will write about the process to follow in order to make the right decisions at the right time... <a href="http://en.audiofanzine.com/getting-started/editorial/articles/mastering-at-home-part-3.html">Read more on Audiofanzine</a>

    Prepare for Your Mastering Session

    03-26-2014 12:00
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/mastering-at-home-part-2-614.jpg" alt="" title="Prepare for Your Mastering Session" /></p>In this installment, we'll offer some tips that will simplify your life when mastering... <a href="http://en.audiofanzine.com/getting-started/editorial/articles/home-mastering-part-2.html">Read more on Audiofanzine</a>

    Comparing Two Approaches to Drum-Track Creation

    03-24-2014 12:00
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/midi-drums-vs-audio-drum-loops-620.jpg" alt="" title="Comparing Two Approaches to Drum-Track Creation" /></p>If you’re not a drummer, but you need drum tracks for your productions — and assuming you don’t have the budget and facilities to hire and record a real drummer — you’re going to need to use either MIDI drums or audio drum loops to create your drum parts. Having used both extensively, I thought it would be helpful to present some of the pros and cons of these two ways to create drum tracks... <a href="http://en.audiofanzine.com/virtual-instrument/editorial/articles/midi-drums-vs-audio-drum-loops.html">Read more on Audiofanzine</a>

    Tips for Evaluating an Acoustic Guitar Before Purchase

    03-20-2014 12:00
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/before-you-buy-that-acoustic-guitar-613.jpg" alt="" title="Tips for Evaluating an Acoustic Guitar Before Purchase" /></p>Buying a steel-string acoustic guitar is an investment that you don’t want to go into lightly. Unless you plan to purchase a super-cheap entry-level model, you’re likely to spend a fair bit of coin for this instrument, and you'll presumably be playing it a lot, so you want to make an informed buying decision. It’s easy to be wowed when you try out a new guitar, and excitement can cloud your judgment. To help you evaluate whether a guitar is right for you, here are some factors to consider... <a href="http://en.audiofanzine.com/getting-started-with-guitar/editorial/articles/before-you-buy-that-acoustic-guitar.html">Read more on Audiofanzine</a>

    The 10 Top Brands of Musikmesse 2014

    03-18-2014 12:00
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/main/best-of-musikmesse-2014-612.jpg" alt="" title="The 10 Top Brands of Musikmesse 2014" /></p>After a big NAMM, you would've expected a quieter Musikmesse. Notwithstanding, Europe's largest audio trade show had a couple of nice surprises in store... <a href="http://en.audiofanzine.com/audio-music-gear/editorial/articles/best-of-musikmesse-2014.html">Read more on Audiofanzine</a>

    An Introduction to DIY Mastering

    03-17-2014 12:00
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/mastering-at-home-part-1-608.jpg" alt="" title="An Introduction to DIY Mastering" /></p>If you're fortunate enough to be able to afford professional mastering with a dedicated engineer in a well-designed and equipped mastering studio, that's clearly the route to the best quality results. But what if that's just not possible? .. <a href="http://en.audiofanzine.com/getting-started/editorial/articles/mastering-at-home-part-1.html">Read more on Audiofanzine</a>

    Adjust and Process Groups of Tracks at a Time

    03-14-2014 12:00
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/control-your-mix-with-subgroups-611.jpg" alt="" title="Adjust and Process Groups of Tracks at a Time" /></p>One easy way to improve your mixing efficiency is to use the flexible routing capabilities in your DAW's mixer to create subgroups. Also referred to as &quot;submixes,&quot; they let you create custom subsets of the tracks in your session, to which you can apply effects, add automation and change the volume, among other functions. .. <a href="http://en.audiofanzine.com/getting-started/editorial/articles/control-your-mix-with-subgroups.html">Read more on Audiofanzine</a>

    Reduce or Eliminate Leakage When Tracking Drums and Other Instruments Together

    03-12-2014 12:00
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/minimize-drum-bleed-in-your-home-studio-610.jpg" alt="" title="Reduce or Eliminate Leakage When Tracking Drums and Other Instruments Together" /></p>So, you’ve got a band, you’ve got some recording gear, and you’re ready to start cutting your album in your home studio. If you’re recording with a drummer and you want to do a “live” basic-tracking session with the instruments playing together (rather than a layered overdubbing approach), you’re going to have some decisions to make in order to keep the drums from leaking into the other tracks, and vice versa... <a href="http://en.audiofanzine.com/getting-started/editorial/articles/minimize-drum-bleed-in-your-home-studio.html">Read more on Audiofanzine</a>

    Advice For Placing Elements in the Stereo Soundscape

    03-09-2014 12:00
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/panning-strategies-605.jpg" alt="" title="Advice For Placing Elements in the Stereo Soundscape" /></p>Panning seems like a simple enough task. You turn the panning knobs to the positions you want your tracks to be situated in the stereo image and you’re done, right? Well there’s more to it….. <a href="http://en.audiofanzine.com/getting-started/editorial/articles/panning-strategies.html">Read more on Audiofanzine</a>

    Everything about Phase Problems - Part 3

    03-05-2014 12:00
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/phase-the-solutions-555.jpg" alt="" title="Everything about Phase Problems - Part 3" /></p>After having seen the theory and the cases where you could have phase issues, in this final installment we will see different ways to identify eventual problems. And we will also go through the various means you have at your disposal to remedy your phase headaches... <a href="http://en.audiofanzine.com/getting-started/editorial/articles/phase-the-solutions.html">Read more on Audiofanzine</a>

    Helpful Advice for Before, During, and After the Show

    03-03-2014 12:00
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/10-tips-for-successful-gigging-603.png" alt="" title="Helpful Advice for Before, During, and After the Show" /></p>As a musician, you've probably experienced the near-euphoric feeling of playing a gig in which everything is going right: you’re playing well, the crowd is into it, and the sound is good. Conversely, you also know how lousy it feels when you’re onstage and the wheels are falling off. Most gigs fall somewhere in between, but if you want your shows to be more consistently on the positive side of that continuum, follow the advice in this article... <a href="http://en.audiofanzine.com/getting-started/editorial/articles/10-tips-for-successful-gigging.html">Read more on Audiofanzine</a>

    Comparing the Pros and Cons of Both Types of Setups

    02-27-2014 12:00
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/pedalboards-vs-multi-effects-pedals-593.jpg" alt="" title="Comparing the Pros and Cons of Both Types of Setups" /></p>Unless you're one of those guitarists or bassists who flat-out refuses to consider digital effects, it’s worth comparing the merits of multi-effects pedals with traditional pedalboard setups, before deciding which type to buy. The purpose here is not to advocate either option, but just to present the advantages and disadvantages of each. .. <a href="http://en.audiofanzine.com/getting-started/editorial/articles/pedalboards-vs-multi-effects-pedals.html">Read more on Audiofanzine</a>

    Everything about Phase Problems - Part 2

    02-25-2014 12:00
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/phase-practical-cases-556.jpg" alt="" title="Everything about Phase Problems - Part 2" /></p>After a simplified — but not simplistic — approach to the theoretical aspects of phase in our last article, today we will see in which cases you may find yourself having to deal with phase problems... <a href="http://en.audiofanzine.com/getting-started/editorial/articles/phase-pratical-cases.html">Read more on Audiofanzine</a>

    Tips and Tricks for Recording Doubled Parts, Including Big, Fat Power-Chord Rhythm Guitars

    02-23-2014 12:00
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/doubling-made-easy-592.jpg" alt="" title="Tips and Tricks for Recording Doubled Parts, Including Big, Fat Power-Chord Rhythm Guitars" /></p>One of the most powerful ways to make a track sound bigger and more impactful is by doubling it. The quintessential example of this is the doubled rhythm guitar part, which can really fatten the sound of your mix, and help make the stereo image feel nice and wide throughout the song. But it’s not just rhythm guitar. Doubling is also used to great effect on vocals, both lead and backing, and section parts like horns and strings, and, really any part you want to thicken... <a href="http://en.audiofanzine.com/getting-started/editorial/articles/double-your-pleasure.html">Read more on Audiofanzine</a>

    10 Toys for Every Guitarist

    02-21-2014 12:00
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/gadgets-for-guitar-players-557.jpg" alt="" title="10 Toys for Every Guitarist" /></p>Guitarists are well-known for their countless effects pedals, exotic strings and other not-always-indispensable thingamajigs. So, here's a list of 10 useful and/or eccentric toys that you can buy without going broke... <a href="http://en.audiofanzine.com/getting-started/editorial/articles/gadgets-for-guitar-players.html">Read more on Audiofanzine</a>

    Understanding the differences between mic types will help enhance your engineering skills

    02-18-2014 12:00
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/improve-your-microphone-iq-589.jpg" alt="" title="Understanding the differences between mic types will help enhance your engineering skills" /></p>If you're not sure of the difference between condenser mics, ribbon mics, and dynamic mics, or what a polar pattern is, here’s a quick overview that will get you up and running when it comes to microphones... <a href="http://en.audiofanzine.com/microphone/editorial/articles/improve-your-microphone-iq.html">Read more on Audiofanzine</a>

    Everything about Phase Problems - Part 1

    02-17-2014 12:00
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/understanding-phase-558.jpg" alt="" title="Everything about Phase Problems - Part 1" /></p>If you are into audio, you have surely heard about phase many times — whether in reference to mixing or recording live in the studio — and usually in a negative way... <a href="http://en.audiofanzine.com/getting-started/editorial/articles/understanding-phase.html">Read more on Audiofanzine</a>

    Master your DAWs automation features and gain control over the mix

    02-12-2014 06:00
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/daw-automation-101-587.jpg" alt="" title="Master your DAWs automation features and gain control over the mix" /></p>One of the most powerful features in your DAW is its ability to automate the volume, pan, send and return levels, and effects parameters of the various tracks in your mix. .. <a href="http://en.audiofanzine.com/computer-music/editorial/articles/daw-automation-101.html">Read more on Audiofanzine</a>

    A Look at the Best Compressor Pedals for Guitar and Bass

    02-11-2014 12:00
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/the-top-compressors-for-guitar-and-bass-586.jpg" alt="" title="A Look at the Best Compressor Pedals for Guitar and Bass" /></p>For those who have a tendency to hammer their electric or bass guitars with a heavy attack, or can't play consistent rhythm parts throughout an entire song, a compressor might be the solution. A compression pedal might also prove to be very practical in many cases when you want boost the volume of your instrument or add sustain. We asked the Audiofanzine community to choose their favorite models, and here are the Top 5... <a href="http://en.audiofanzine.com/getting-started/editorial/articles/the-top-compressors-for-guitar-and-bass.html">Read more on Audiofanzine</a>

    Producer/engineer Jesse Cannon on mixing, mastering, and more

    02-11-2014 06:00
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/main/engineering-in-the-trenches-585.jpg" alt="" title="Producer/engineer Jesse Cannon on mixing, mastering, and more" /></p>An interview with producer/engineer Jesse Cannon (Animal Collective, The Cure, The Misfits, Man Overboard) where he discusses mixing, mastering and his upcoming free online seminar... <a href="http://en.audiofanzine.com/homestudio/editorial/articles/engineering-in-the-trenches.html">Read more on Audiofanzine</a>

    Basic techniques for slide guitar playing

    02-10-2014 06:00
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/slide-guitar-quick-start-guide-584.jpg" alt="" title="Basic techniques for slide guitar playing" /></p>Here are the essential techniques and basic information you need to get started playing slide guitar .. <a href="http://en.audiofanzine.com/getting-started/editorial/articles/slide-guitar-quick-start-guide.html">Read more on Audiofanzine</a>

    Recording Your DJ Sessions - Part 4

    02-09-2014 12:00
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/polishing-and-exporting-the-final-file-580.jpg" alt="" title="Recording Your DJ Sessions - Part 4" /></p>In the three previous parts, we showed you how to set up the DJ hardware, how to configure your computer to record an optimal signal and some good practices to keep in mind for your sessions. Now that you have a &quot;raw&quot; recording, it's time to see how to finish the operation... .. <a href="http://en.audiofanzine.com/getting-started/editorial/articles/polishing-and-exporting-the-final-file.html">Read more on Audiofanzine</a>

    Recording Your DJ Sessions - Part 3

    02-09-2014 12:00
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/best-practices-to-record-your-dj-mixes-579.jpg" alt="" title="Recording Your DJ Sessions - Part 3" /></p>In the first two parts of this article, we discussed how to prepare your mixer and configure your computer to record a mix. Now that the hardware is ready, we can now move on to some tips for you to get the best results... <a href="http://en.audiofanzine.com/getting-started/editorial/articles/best-practices-to-record-your-dj-mixes.html">Read more on Audiofanzine</a>
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