• Gear News RSS Feed


  • Content by Audiofanzine

    A guide to mixing music - Part 114

    01-22-2017 07:00
    In the previous episode we saw how you can, in theory, make use of human instincts to keep the attention of the listeners throughout an entire song, simple as it may be. This week I'll reveal some tricks that allow you to put that into practice... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 18

    01-17-2017 07:00
    Today I'll address some constraints inherent to recording in a home studio. Being aware of these issues will allow you to prevent them more easily to avoid any unwanted noises making their way into your takes... Read more on Audiofanzine

    A guide to mixing music - Part 113

    01-15-2017 17:06
    Today we'll look into a concept that's relatively simple to understand and which will be of a lot of help when you automate your mixes... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 17

    01-11-2017 07:00
    This week we'll tackle a somewhat peculiar case: hardware synthesizers... Read more on Audiofanzine

    A guide to mixing music - Part 112

    01-09-2017 18:04
    Last week Yours Truly had the boldness of giving you some homework: to analyze the mix of "The Look" from an automation point of view. This week it is my turn to do the honors... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 16

    01-03-2017 07:00
    I'll dedicate the first article of the year in this series to tidiness in your home studio. I know it seems a bit off-topic, but trust me it is much more important than it appears at first sight... Read more on Audiofanzine

    A guide to mixing music - Part 111

    01-01-2017 07:00
    In my opinion, automation is at the core of a well-accomplished mix. And yet, as I have pointed out numerous times, this stage is often neglected by beginners, most certainly due to a lack of understanding of all the ins and outs of it. That's why I will keep bugging you with more articles on the topic in the coming weeks to really drive it home. So we'll start the year with a somewhat peculiar article..... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 15

    12-28-2016 07:00
    In this episode I invite you to discover a trick that every beginner ought to know, the so-called 3:1 rule. .. Read more on Audiofanzine

    A guide to mixing music - Part 110

    12-26-2016 07:00
    Today we'll see how to automate the most important track of your mix. This is usually the vocal track, but it might as well be a solo instrument. The true star of your song deserves special attention when it comes to automation. After all, everything else is meant to showcase it. Do note that to make both writing and reading easier I will call this star instrument "Alpha" in the following paragraphs... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 14

    12-22-2016 07:00
    After having recorded a bowed upright bass last week, today we'll see how to track a double bass played with the fingers, a technique called pizzicato... Read more on Audiofanzine

    A top producer/engineer on technique, gear and recording Keith Richards

    12-21-2016 13:00
    What do Keith Richards, James Taylor, Katy Perry, John Mayer and Eric Clapton have in common? They’ve all had albums produced, mixed, or engineered by Dave O’Donnell. A native of upstate New York, Dave cut his teeth at New York City's Power Station Studios (now called Avatar), a facility that was the launch pad for many top engineers and producers. .. Read more on Audiofanzine

    A guide to mixing music - Part 109

    12-18-2016 07:10
    Up to now we've seen automation from a relatively theoretical point of view. That's all very nice, but the time has come to really take the plunge. And that's when the questions start to arise: how should you go about with it? Should you use a control surface or the mouse? In real time or not? That's what we are about to discover..... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 13

    12-13-2016 07:00
    In this article we'll see how to record an upright bass played with a bow. But don't worry, we'll also see how to record a pizzicato double bass in our next article... Read more on Audiofanzine

    A guide to mixing music - Part 108

    12-11-2016 07:00
    Today we'll look at the parameters better suited for artistic automation... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Q&A with Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid

    12-06-2016 07:00
    Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid can pride himself of having influenced an entire generation of guitar players by establishing himself in the late '80s as as a household name in the "fusion" world, or as he liked to call it back then, a blend of different musical styles... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 12

    12-04-2016 07:00
    This week we'll see how to make life easier to your "future you." .. Read more on Audiofanzine

    Setting Up Your Home Studio - Part 5

    11-30-2016 07:00
    Having a soundproof home studio is very nice. But that's far from enough to make a room ideal to record and mix music. Enter acoustic treatment... Read more on Audiofanzine

    An interview with Grammy-winning producer/engineer Fab Dupont

    11-28-2016 13:00
    One of the most high-profile producer/engineers working today, Fab Dupont has accumulated an impressive and eclectic credit list that includes Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, David Crosby, Snarky Puppy, Bon Jovi, Queen Latifah, Marc Anthony, Babyface, Brazilian Girls, Nat King Cole, Bebel Gilberto, Toots and the Maytals and many others. With four Grammys under his belt already, the sky is the limit for Dupont. Audiofanzine had a chance to talk with him recently, and he answered a range of production-related questions in a direct and informative manner... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 11

    11-27-2016 07:00
    As we saw in the previous article, the comfort of the musician is crucial to getting a good performance, and hence a precondition for every good recording. And this comfort depends largely on the subject that we will tackle today: the headphone mix... Read more on Audiofanzine

    A guide to mixing music - Part 107

    11-25-2016 07:00
    So, what can you learn from the movie analogy from last week? That's what we are about to see right this moment!.. Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 10

    11-23-2016 07:00
    In this week's episode we will discuss something that ought to precede any attempt to record your music. Considered optional by some, pre-production is often ignored by beginners. And yet they are the ones who stand to gain the most from it..... Read more on Audiofanzine

    A guide to mixing music - Part 106

    11-17-2016 07:00
    After having discussed the functional aspect of automation, it's time to look at it from an artistic point of view... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 9

    11-10-2016 17:00
    Having the best gear in the world and being an audio engineer without equal is very nice, but unfortunately that doesn't mean you'll be able to make the best records... Read more on Audiofanzine

    A guide to mixing music - Part 105

    11-06-2016 07:00
    The smartest among you might have realized, after reading the previous article, that most of the problems addressed with functional automation can be solved in other ways, which is something we'll look into today..... Read more on Audiofanzine

    A guide to mixing music - Part 104

    11-01-2016 08:00
    After addressing the "whys" of automation last week it's only logical that we start looking into the "hows" this week... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 8

    10-30-2016 08:00
    Today we'll see how to record a transverse flute... Read more on Audiofanzine

    History of the Talk Box

    10-28-2016 22:00
    Although many hits have been marked by the Talk Box sound — take, for instance, California Love by 2Pac, Livin’ on a Prayer by Bon Jovi or Pigs by Pink Floyd — it still remains a little known effect. Often confused with the vocoder, the wah wah and even auto-tune, this mighty vocal machine is much older than you might think. At a time when there's an '80s revival going on with songs from the likes of Zapp & Roger (Troutman) and Stevie Wonder having a lot of success, it's a good moment to stop and discuss this somewhat shunned effect... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Talking technique with one of the top jazz engineers in the business

    10-24-2016 13:00
    Though he has a Music Production and Engineering degree from Berklee, Todd Whitelock says it took on-the-job training to become one of the top recording engineers in the jazz world. Whitelock, who also engineers classical and pop sessions as well as film scores and Broadway cast albums, got his professional start as an engineer at NYC’s legendary Power Station, a large commercial studio (now called Avatar). .. Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 7

    10-23-2016 07:00
    Invented by a great Belgian clarinet master around 1840, it is just as widely used in classical music as it is in pop or contemporary music. But it's definitely in jazz where it has gained more prominence, thanks to artists like Charlie Parker, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, and Cannonball Adderley. A wind instrument from the brass family, it owns its name to its creator Antoine-Joseph Sax: the saxophone!.. Read more on Audiofanzine

    A guide to mixing music - Part 103

    10-20-2016 07:00
    If you were to have the chance to look at the mix session of a commercial song you'd be more surprised by the sheer exuberance of automation lines than by the number of plug-ins used. However, most budding engineers have the unfortunate tendency to neglect this stage of the mixing process. Which is a real pity because, apart from being a prerogative of professional mixes, in my opinion it's also one of the most fun aspects of the job! That's why I invite you to join me address the topic inn the following weeks... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The best small brands for guitar effect pedals

    10-18-2016 17:00
    The long-awaited poll regarding "small" guitar effect pedal brands is finally here! It's open season for anybody who likes controversy!.. Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 6

    10-16-2016 07:00
    This week we'll start with the first practical case: tracking a trombone... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The top MIDI interfaces for less than $100

    10-13-2016 07:00
    Many modern audio interfaces don't offer MIDI connections anymore. And yet lots of us still have MIDI keyboards and/or controllers we don't want to let go of. Fortunately, there are some inexpensive MIDI interfaces that allow you to give a second life to your beloved gear. With this in mind we asked our French readers to vote for their favorite MIDI interfaces, and as usual, we decided to share the results with you... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 5

    10-11-2016 07:00
    You'll fix it in the mix... right? Wrong! That's why I'll try to make sure that this phrase never makes into your home studio... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The top products featured at the 141st AES Convention

    10-10-2016 07:00
    The recent 141st AES Convention really stood up to the expectations in terms of new products. Here's a small selection of some of the things we thought were most interesting... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 4

    10-05-2016 07:00
    This week we'll take a moment to discuss the delicate issue of levels during tracking... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Dynaudio LYD 7 Review

    10-02-2016 21:00
    We are the first to brawl about the lack of innovation among speaker manufacturers. Dynaudio is one of those brands with an undeniable know-how, but whose road map only seems to lead into a desert where you can find a rock or a cactus from time to time...definitely not the best place to be for a thirsty home-studio owner. So it came as a surprise to learn during the last Musikmesse that the Danish manufacturer decided to kill its dear BA series to give way to the LYD, which sports a white look as to announce that nothing will ever be the same. But is is true?.. Read more on Audiofanzine

    Harmony Basics - Part 23

    09-29-2016 22:00
    If you want to start making up melodies and bass lines from chord inversions, as I promised in the last article, we must first address the thorny issue of consonance and its evil twin, dissonance... which, by the way, is crucial to harmony!.. Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 3

    09-28-2016 07:00
    Today we'll discuss a topic that's very important in the all-digital age, namely which format you should use to record your takes... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The best big brands for guitar effect pedals

    09-26-2016 07:00
    Despite the explosion of the pedal market and the appearance of countless small manufacturers, the big names in the effects world continue to implacably dominate the business. Here's a list of the main players in the pedal world. Be it huge corporations or somewhat smaller enterprises, they all share a common trait: a large production capacity. We asked our French readers to vote for their favorite "big name" pedal manufacturers and we thought you might be interested in the results..... Read more on Audiofanzine

    EarMaster ApS Earmaster 6 Review

    09-22-2016 07:00
    EarMaster Aps is a small Danish company founded in 1994 specialized in the development of a very particular software: EarMaster, whose goal is to train your musical ear and reading skills... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The Operating Principles of Loudspeakers - Part 8

    09-21-2016 07:00
    In this chapter we'll discuss a not-so-widely spread category of transducers based on very amazing principles. They can make some people dream because they are freed from the mechanical stages of transduction – although it comes at a cost... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 2

    09-19-2016 07:00
    As I told you in the previous installment, this new series dedicated to recording is aimed at the average computer musician. Consequently, it would be incongruent to make the sample clips that accompany some of the articles in a "pro" environment, in other words in a studio with impeccable acoustics, an array of top-of-the-line microphones and expensive outboard gear to go with them... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 1

    09-09-2016 23:40
    Once the mastering series is finished and now that the mixing guide is (finally!) arriving the end, it's only natural that Audiofanzine asked me to extend this tale told backwards with a new series dedicated to recording... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Harmony Basics - Part 22

    09-06-2016 22:00
    In the previous article we discussed inversions within the frame of enharmonic modulations. I will take this opportunity to explore with you in this and the following article the different ways in which you can take advantage of these inversions... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Andrew Scheps talks compression, plug-ins, panning, EQ and more

    09-05-2016 13:00
    Welcome to Part 2 of our interview with renowned mix engineer Andrew Scheps. This time around, Scheps offers more details on his mixing techniques, and talks about why he transitioned away from his previous console-based setup and into mixing in the box. .. Read more on Audiofanzine

    Setting Up Your Own Home Studio - Part 4

    09-01-2016 07:00
    After the theoretical review of the last article, today we'll start getting our hands dirty keeping in mind that there are as many different home studios as there are home studio owners... Read more on Audiofanzine

    A guide to mixing music - Part 102

    08-28-2016 07:00
    Darn, is this series dedicated to mixdown long! But remember that Rome wasn't built in a day! Learning a new craft, regardless of what it is, demands a lot of time. That's the way it is, I can't help it. And if you don't like it feel free to put a claim with the highest authority you can, don't take it out on me... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Harmony Basics - Part 21

    08-22-2016 22:00
    Before I begin I most warn you that this article might seem a bit grueling for some of you. But if you've been following the other articles in the series up to now, you shouldn't have a problem with what is about to come. Otherwise, you can always use the comments section to ask anything you want... Read more on Audiofanzine

    A guide to mixing music - Part 101

    08-21-2016 07:00
    This is the last episode dedicated to he use of modulation tools during mixdown. Today we'll discuss the Phaser effect... Read more on Audiofanzine
Special 93% Offer

Got beats? Samples? Mixing and mastering services? Get a head start with this 93% OFF special offer!