<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/how-to-get-a-crunch-sound-522.jpg" alt="" title="The Basics To Make Your Electric Guitar Sound Crunchy" /></p>After having found your clean sound, let's now look at how to color your sound with a bit of distortion.
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/how-to-set-a-guitar-amp-to-get-a-clean-sound-521.jpg" alt="" title="How To Get A Clean Sound With A Guitar And An Amp" /></p>We have already seen how to set correctly the knobs of your instrument. But we still have to shape the signal before it comes out of the loudspeaker.
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/what-is-comping-520.jpg" alt="" title="How To Get The Perfect Take" /></p>Comping is an audio editing technique that consists in putting together different takes of the same instrument in order to get the "perfect recording" without the trick being audible.
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/choosing-a-pa-system-for-djs-518.jpg" alt="" title="How To Choose A PA System For DJing" /></p>The basic role of a DJ is to mix songs in order to cheer up an event and make the audience dance. However, in some cases, the DJ will also need to provide the PA system for the performance. To cope with such situations, you need to take into account several very specific criteria in order not to disappoint your audience...
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/how-to-adjust-guitar-knobs-correctly-519.jpg" alt="" title="What Are The Knobs On A Guitar For?" /></p>Sure, you can grab your guitar, crank up all the knobs and play. But if all those controls are there, they must serve a purpose!
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/a-selection-of-books-about-film-music-512.jpg" alt="" title="7 Books For Understanding Film Music And Its History" /></p>Film music is an art that has secured itself a prominent place in the collective imagination. Here's a first selection of books that allow us to understand where it comes from, how it has evolved and what it means.
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/the-best-software-tools-to-simplify-mixing-508.jpg" alt="" title="The Best Audio Tools To Simplify Your Life" /></p>Here's a list of plug-ins, software and hardware tools that will simplify the life of the home studio owner.
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/the-best-virtual-electric-bass-guitars-493.jpg" alt="" title="The Top Electric Bass Guitar Software" /></p>Together with pianos and drums, bass guitars ought to be counted among the instruments whose virtual versions can be considered credible today. Here's a selection of the best exponents in the genre.
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/how-to-set-a-bass-amp-477.jpg" alt="" title="Find A Good Sound With Your Bass Amp" /></p>It's almost that time of year again and my body and mind are already longing for some well-deserved holidays sitting next to the fire with a hot cup of chocolate. But before that happens and we can all go enjoy ourselves, I will close my short tutorial series.
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/the-best-virtual-rhodes-490.jpg" alt="" title="The Top Virtual Rhodes" /></p>A real legend among electric pianos, the Rhodes has never stopped inspiring software developers and sample publishers. These 16 instruments are proof of that.
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/best-large-diaphragm-condenser-mics-from-150-to-300-100-200-495.jpg" alt="" title="The top large-diaphragm condenser microphones between $150 and $300 (€100 and €200)" /></p>An indispensable tool in any studio, condenser mics allows us to record vocals as well acoustic instruments. Today, many brands offer large-diaphragm FET condenser mics for home studios on moderate budgets. Here are the results of our survey regarding your favorite large-diaphragm condenser mics between $150 and $300 (€100 and €200).
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/how-to-choose-your-ideal-usb-dj-controller-504.jpg" alt="" title="Three Criteria For Choosing A USB DJ Controller" /></p>Digital mixing has been democratized the last couple of years, reaching the public at large. And with it we have seen the appearance of all sorts of USB controllers on the market. There are controllers for all tastes, uses and DJ levels. Making the right choice without messing up is getting harder every time...
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/the-best-control-surfaces-for-ipad-498.jpg" alt="" title="How To Control Your Sequencer With An iPad" /></p>I could already hear the outcry when I was writing these lines: "Touchscreen technology will never replace real pots!", "The Wi-Fi latency is huge no matter what!", "Apple isn't the only thing out there...", "Is this for real?"
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/how-to-adapt-to-a-specific-vocal-range-497.jpg" alt="" title="Transpose A Guitar According To The Vocal Range" /></p>A guitarist must frequently adapt to the voice of the singer and specially to his or her own vocal range. How should this be done?
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/5-tips-to-prepare-yourself-before-mixing-in-public-500.jpg" alt="" title="How To Make Sure Your First Public Performance Goes Right" /></p>Regardless of whether you are a beginner or experienced DJ, you might dread mixing live, which is a legitimate feeling... Here are some tips to plan ahead and avoid ugly surprises.
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/main/a-meeting-with-the-prophet-503.jpg" alt="" title="Exclusive Interview with Dave Smith" /></p>We had the opportunity to meet Dave Smith in person at Dave Smith Instruments in San Francisco.
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/choosing-the-right-electric-guitar-string-set-499.jpg" alt="" title="Which electric guitar string set should you buy?" /></p>For many years, when we were forced to leave our comfortable home to buy strings, we trusted our favorite salesman to recommend us an adequate set. Thanks to the Internet, there is no need to waste such energy now... But it is easy to get lost with all the options available. Here are some tips to avoid choosing strings based solely on the packaging.
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/the-best-large-diaphragm-condenser-mics-under-150-100-496.jpg" alt="" title="The Top Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphones Under $150/€100" /></p>An indispensable tool in any studio, condenser mics allows us to record vocals as well acoustic instruments. Today, many brands offer large-diaphragm FET condenser mics for home studios on limited budgets. Here are the results of our survey regarding your favorite large-diaphragm condenser mics under $150/€100.
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/the-best-open-tunings-for-guitar-487.jpg" alt="" title="The Top Alternative Tunings For Guitar" /></p>Besides the standard E-A-D-G-B-E, there are lots of other alternative tunings that allow us to explore new sound horizons with our guitar. Let's review the main open tunings.
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/mastering-progressive-transitions-489.jpg" alt="" title="Two Techniques to Achieve Great Transitions" /></p>When we start out as DJs we often ask ourselves where to begin to learn all the basics. Beginners can easily get lost thinking about the choice of equipment to use, the songs to mix and, especially, the different ways to go from one song to the other. So let's start by demystifying some things…
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/the-top-reverb-plug-ins-486.jpg" alt="" title="The Best Virtual Algorithmic Reverbs" /></p>Frequently underestimated by beginners, the quality of a reverb plug-in can make a huge difference in the production of a song. That's why we made a brief review of the most essential plug-ins in this genre.
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/levels-in-the-digital-world-475.jpg" alt="" title="Understanding the Different Level Standards" /></p>dB VU, dB FS, Peak, RMS… The misunderstanding of these concepts is at the core of many of the issues affecting most home studio owners. It's about time we shed some light on the matter.
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/harmonic-mixing-for-dummies-476.jpg" alt="" title="Three Key Steps To Harmonic Mixing" /></p>Many DJs spend lots of time perfecting their transition techniques to try to give them a "personal" touch by using effects, or trying to master better their mixing gear. Unfortunately, they often do this while neglecting a much more important principle...
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/the-top-free-virtual-guitar-amps-458.jpg" alt="" title="Free Guitar Amp Simulations Survey Results" /></p>813 persons took part in the survey and voted for their favorite free guitar amp simulations. And here are the results...
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/our-favorite-music-documentaries-463.jpg" alt="" title="The Best Music Documentaries" /></p>Do you have some free time on the weekend?? Here are some music documentaries that we wholeheartedly recommend.
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/the-best-books-on-audio-459.jpg" alt="" title="The Home Studio Owner Library" /></p>You don't know which book to take with you to for the morning commute? Here are some inspiring reads regarding audio...
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/the-top-electric-guitar-brands-457.jpg" alt="" title="The Best Electric Guitar Brands" /></p>Here are the top electric guitar brands according to the survey we carried out a few days ago in our forums.
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/introduction-to-placing-sounds-in-space-460.jpg" alt="" title="How to Make a Sound Seem Close or Distant" /></p>The brain is a really amazing tool! In fact, even with our eyes closed we are able to locate the things that surround us as soon as they emit a sound. Fortunately for us, as powerful as it is, the sound analysis of our small brain can be easily tricked in order to create a virtual spatial sensation in our stereo mixes. Here are some ideas that will help you understand better the famous "3D sound" that everyone is talking about.
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/main/why-we-write-the-best-gear-reviews-462.jpg" alt="" title="Our Values, Methodology and Spirit" /></p>Articles and reviews started flowing again, now that we are back from summer break. Hence, This is the perfect opportunity to tell you more about what we believe in and how we make it happen.
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/thumb3/how-to-get-a-fat-bass-sound-454.jpg" alt="" title="Basics for a Fat Bass Sound" /></p>Just like an electric guitar, an electric bass can also sound big — but the way to get that sound is not the same.