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    Top acoustic-electric guitar amp brands

    12-12-2017 19:00
    We sometimes have the tendency to forget that amps are not the prerogative of electric guitar lovers. Acoustic instruments have lots of advantages, but it's hard to play music for large audiences in big music halls with them. What can you do? Use an acoustic-electric guitar with its corresponding amp, duh! However, as usual, it's not easy to pick the right gear. Should you go with the iconic electric guitar amp brands or with a specialist?.. Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 57

    12-08-2017 07:00
    When you begin recording in a home studio, the first thing you realize is that your main limitation are the room acoustics. And yet, with certain instruments you can forget completely about this issue. And why do I bring this up right now? Well, because it just so happens that the bass guitar is one of such instruments. So, here's a non-exhaustive list of recording solutions that allow you to ignore the acoustics when recording a bass in your home studio... Read more on Audiofanzine

    A rundown of the most mythical fuzz pedals

    12-05-2017 07:00
    Fuzzzzz! This onomatopoeia used to describe the first distorted sounds of an amp is hardly a stranger to any guitar player. The fuzz is obviously a distortion effect, but it's a also a culture in its own right. It actually defines a whole category of rock by itself and symbolizes the desire for emancipation and renewal of an entire generation. Audiofanzine invites you to (re)discover the greatest models that have left a mark in music history... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Harmony Basics - Part 29

    11-30-2017 23:49
    In the previous articles we dealt basically with dissonances and consonances and how they alternate following the different harmonic motions... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Mix engineer David Tolomei takes in-the-box mixing to the next level

    11-29-2017 13:00
    David Tolomei is one of the top mix engineers and producers on the indie and underground scenes. He cut his teeth as an assistant at New York's Avatar studios, which, at the time, was one of the most prestigious commercial facilities in the country. He later opened a studio in NYC's East Village, where he recorded, produced, and mixed client projects for almost eight years. These days he mainly works at his own studio in Los Angeles. Tolomei’s client list includes artists such as Dirty Projectors, Beach House, Future Islands, John Cale, Miya Folick, PIXX, Torres and Half Waif. .. Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 56

    11-27-2017 07:00
    In this new episode dedicated to recording bass guitar, we'll deal with a somewhat thorny issue: should you record the bass with or without effects?.. Read more on Audiofanzine

    Harmony Basics - Part 28

    11-23-2017 07:00
    Welcome to today's article, where we will keep on discussing motion in the harmonic domain. Last time we talked about suspension, so today we'll talk about its flip side: anticipation and its very close relative, the appoggiatura... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 55

    11-20-2017 22:00
    Okay, now that we've settled once and for all the question of phase correlation, the time has come to mix our bass tracks... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Black Friday / Cyber Monday Sales at Sweetwater

    11-19-2017 23:00
    Fort Wayne-based retailer Sweetwater is launching a giant week-long Black Friday / Cyber Monday sale. As partners, we are listing the best offers you’ll get online on music instruments and audio gear during this special week. Offers are sorted by categories so you’ll easily find what you’re looking to spend your hard-earned money for... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The best 8-inch powered monitor speakers for less than 700€ per pair

    11-17-2017 20:07
    Sometimes you need a couple of big speakers, but can't necessarily afford them. Don't panic! There are some speakers with an 8-inch woofer that can manage the low end quite decently without setting you back more than 700€ (about $800). We haven't tested all of them, but you probably have had (or have) the chance to listen to most of them... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Harmony Basics - Part 27

    11-14-2017 07:00
    It's sometimes hard to believe the similarities between real-life events and music. You could say that when you are late or early in life, you are not in sync with your environment. Well it's similar in music: when something is delayed or comes early (as you will see in the next article), there's often dissonance. That's why you need to be well prepared!.. Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 54

    11-12-2017 07:00
    I guess some of you are a bit unhappy about how I closed the last installment. And you probably won't like me any better when you realize that the first paragraph still doesn't dive into the topic I put on hold last week... But what can I say, that's just the way I am... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Harmony Basics - Part 26

    11-06-2017 07:00
    In the previous article you saw how a resolution can be regular or... irregular. And it's precisely the latter that we will start exploring today. By doing this you will be able to observe, once again, how everything is linked to each other in the world of music harmony. Because we will touch upon some notions we've seen before, like cadence and chord substitution. Let's go!.. Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 53

    11-05-2017 07:00
    Up to now, we've recorded a bass line in two different ways: directly from the instrument and via one or several mics placed in front of a bass amp. As you were able to hear, each of these methods has its own character, both from a spectral and dynamics point of view. And with that alone you ought to have plenty to do... Read more on Audiofanzine

    A brief chronology of DAWs and audio sequencers

    11-03-2017 20:59
    Three decades have gone by since computers revolutionized music production. And the pace of the market is so high that a timeline of the different DAWs and sequencers that have come and gone throughout the years can come in very useful to have a good overview of this constantly evolving segment... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Top digital sequencers of 2017

    11-02-2017 08:00
    Audio sequencers never stop evolving. Household names strive to introduce new features without losing their essence while, on the other hand, you have new players who want to join the race betting strongly on innovation. With this in mind, we set out to discover the preferences of the French Audiofanzine community in terms of DAWs. And we thought it would be interesting to share the results with the international community of Audiofanziners. .. Read more on Audiofanzine

    Top electric guitar models

    10-31-2017 20:50
    The results of our survey on the sequencers most used by the AF community seems to have drawn quite some attention among you. So we've decided to share with you another one we ran on electric guitars: A couple of months ago we asked our French readers to pick their favorite guitar from a list of 40 classic and popular models currently available on the market. Some of them are older, some more contemporary but they all have had a major impact on the guitar world one way or another. It is obviously impossible to be exhaustive, but we've tried to include all possible styles, from solid body guitars to arch top guitars for jazz. Be it for studio or onstage, for people looking for versatility or a more distinguishable sound signature, everybody has a favorite model. .. Read more on Audiofanzine

    Harmony Basics - Part 25

    10-30-2017 08:00
    In the previous article you saw how the different voices of a chord evolved to get to another chord, following a very specific voice leading procedure, which is called a "forced" motion. And that's what we will see in detail today... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 52

    10-30-2017 01:00
    In the previous article, you saw how to direct record an electric bass. Although such recordings can be pretty good, they have a major drawback: lack of body. This can be a real problem when the production you are working on requires a fat foundation. So, if you wish to perk up your groove again, you need to use a more conventional way of recording: capturing the sound of a bass amp with one or several microphones... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Guide to Mixing - Summary

    10-24-2017 07:00
    Have you just finished recording and editing the tracks of your masterpieces? That's great news! But you still have quite some work left to do before your songs are ready to be listened by other human beings. Now that you've got all the ingredients of your song, the time has come to move into the kitchen and start cooking things up... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Harmony Basics - Part 24

    10-20-2017 07:00
    In the last article, we saw consonances and dissonances according to our Western point of view, as well as the alternation that governs their use. In the present article you will see how to lead these dissonances towards consonances, respecting the alternation in question. .. Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 51

    10-18-2017 07:00
    After two articles dealing with the pre-requisites for any bass recording worthy of the name, today we will dive into the heart of the matter with the direct recording of a bass guitar... Read more on Audiofanzine

    A guide to mixing music - Part 147

    10-15-2017 07:00
    The time has come to put an end to this series of articles dedicated to the art of mixing. In this installment, which is unlike any other so far for obvious reasons, I invite you to take a look behind the scenes followed by a very personal "best of." But what would you say if we have a musical interlude first?.. Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 50

    10-05-2017 07:00
    In the first installment of this chapter dedicated to the recording of bass guitar, you saw the impact the instrument itself can have on the overall result. But there's much more to consider before pressing the Rec button! Today we'll see the how different ways of playing the bass affect the end result... Read more on Audiofanzine

    A guide to mixing music - Part 146

    10-02-2017 07:00
    For this penultimate episode, I will show you some tricks that might end up disrupting your daily routine and spicing up your mixes. This article is obviously addressed to people having already some experience and who wish to break away from their habits and explore new horizons. If that's not your case, I recommend you to work in a more "traditional" way first to be able to make the best out of the advice I give below... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 49

    09-29-2017 07:00
    After the chapter dedicated to drums, it seems natural to continue with the second most important element of groove: the bass guitar. To begin this section I would really like to stress a notion I've been mentioning ever since we started this recording series: working at the source... Read more on Audiofanzine

    A guide to mixing music - Part 145

    09-26-2017 07:00
    Today I ask you to join me in this somewhat particular article where I'll discuss something that's a bit off topic but you nevertheless ought to always bear in mind: accidents in the context of music creation... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 48

    09-24-2017 07:00
    In the previous article we looked at some technical solutions that can ease the life of lone home studio owners. Mobile apps, MIDI pedalboards and wireless keyboards can prove very useful, as long as you know what functionalities you actually need when recording on your own. Something that depends on your personal working habits, which I would very much like to hear about... So don't be shy and leave your comments below. In the meantime, I'll let you in on the shortcuts that I deem indispensable when working on my own. You never know, it might give you some ideas..... Read more on Audiofanzine

    For producer/mix engineer Dave Isaac, being a great listener has been the key to success

    09-21-2017 13:00
    Music has been a huge part of Dave Isaac’s life since he started listening to it intently as a child. Isaac, who grew up in Detroit during the heyday of Motown, says that by the time he was five, he already owned about 100 vinyl records. .. Read more on Audiofanzine

    A guide to mixing music - Part 144

    09-19-2017 19:00
    In a couple of weeks, this mixing guide will come to an end. I'm not kidding! Even the neverending story must come to a conclusion. However, I do love good thrillers, so I left one last twist for the very end... .. Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 47

    09-17-2017 19:42
    You probably all know that technical tasks are mainly processed with one hemisphere of your brain while the artistic domain is handled by the other one. For reasons I won't get into here, it just so happens that the two hemispheres of your brain don't communicate optimally with each other. Consequently, it is strongly recommended to organize your time in such a way that you group all similar tasks to be more efficient. Yet, home studio owners usually work on their own, which means that, while it is more or less possible to split technical from artistic aspects during mixdown and mastering, it is not so easy to do so when tracking... Fortunately there are solutions that allow you to limit the technical turmoil and, hence, focus your attention on your performance... Read more on Audiofanzine

    A guide to mixing music - Part 143

    09-14-2017 20:50
    I must admit that today's topic makes me grind my teeth, but we really need to call things by their name. And, as with any other creative discipline, when it comes to mixing, productivity is important, if only to try to land all those ideas constantly roaming the mind of the "creator." Although, in my opinion this a lost battle anyway, because when you actually crystallize an idea, it invariably leaves an empty space that must be filled with yet another one. But that's the whole idea, isn't it? And since it's impossible, let's get hands-on with it!.. Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 46

    09-11-2017 18:23
    In this last article dedicated to recording drums, I will give you three advice that ought to make your life easier when tracking drums... Read more on Audiofanzine

    A guide to mixing music – Part 142

    09-06-2017 19:00
    Last part in the chapter dedicated to learning. Some of you might think that today's topic is an apology of truisms, but that's not going to stir me from writing what I'm about to write, because I think it is a cornerstone of pedagogy... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Setting up your home studio – Part 6

    09-04-2017 18:17
    So far we have focused on the room that will accommodate your home studio, its soundproofing and acoustics. The time has come to start thinking about everything that will go inside. Let's begin with the one thing you can't do without: a monitoring system. .. Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 45

    08-29-2017 19:29
    In today's episode, we are going to make an assessment of the drum tracks we have exploring different rough mix possibilities. You will see that alone by playing with the volume faders of the tracks we've recorded you can get a wide array of sonic landscapes, without the need of any processing... Read more on Audiofanzine

    A guide to mixing music - Part 141

    08-24-2017 18:14
    Last week I told you about the basic exercises you need to practice in order to start your way into the complex art of mixing. But that was only the first part, obviously. Before you sit down to mix your own masterpieces, there are two other exercises you should consider very seriously... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 44

    08-23-2017 07:00
    Today I invite you to discuss a somewhat particular topic in this chapter dedicated to recording drums... Read more on Audiofanzine

    A guide to mixing music - Part 140

    08-18-2017 18:41
    In the previous installment you learned how to get to know your mixing tools like the back of your hand. But knowing how audio processors work doesn't necessarily mean that you know how to mix! Indeed, it's been almost three years since we started exploring mixing basics. However, I think I have never actually put forward a clear and simple learning method for this complex art... Better late than never!.. Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 43

    08-08-2017 07:00
    Having seen the theory, the time has come to put the layering technique into practice and see what we can get with what we've recorded so far... Read more on Audiofanzine

    A guide to mixing music - Part 139

    08-06-2017 07:00
    The last couple of weeks we've seen how to put together the perfect tool box to help you out with your mixes. Although having a shiny new tool box doesn't necessarily mean that you know how to use the tools inside! However, that can be solved easily if you dedicate some time to getting to know your tools by heart. And that's precisely what we will discuss in today's article..... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 42

    08-03-2017 07:00
    Now that you know what is layering good for, today I'll show you how to put it into practice... Read more on Audiofanzine

    A guide to mixing music - Part 138

    07-31-2017 22:00
    In the previous episodes we saw how to test and choose the tools that will help you out with your mixes. But it's very important to remember to limit them in number so you can focus on what really matters: to realize your vision of the sonic puzzle of the song your working on. That's why today I will tell you how I go around choosing those plug-ins to make up an indispensable survival tool kit you can take with you wherever you go... Read more on Audiofanzine

    An interview with mixing ace Manny Marroquin

    07-31-2017 13:00
    If you want something mixed with creativity, musicality and a contemporary sound, Manny Marroquin is your guy. Just ask Kanye West, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, John Mayer, John Legend, and Alicia Keys, to name just a few of the major artists who Marroquin has mixed. Thus far in his career he’s won nine Grammys, and mixed more than forty #1 albums. .. Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 41

    07-31-2017 07:00
    This week we'll take yet another brief detour from recording in itself to discuss layering. While this production technique is usually reserved to the mixing stage, I nevertheless decided to talk about it here because your layering work can be simplified a lot if you have it in mind before recording anything... Read more on Audiofanzine

    A guide to mixing music - Part 137

    07-26-2017 07:00
    Now that we've covered the more or less theoretical aspects regarding the choice of plug-ins you should make, the time has come to tackle the issue in a more practical way. Today's installment is meant to help you learn how to test a plug-in as best as possible. This way it will be easier to decide whether you should include it into your ultra-select list of indispensable mixing tools... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 40

    07-23-2017 07:00
    Today's article will be the last one dedicated to the Stereo Room recordings. This time we'll discuss more convoluted techniques... Read more on Audiofanzine

    A guide to mixing music - Part 136

    07-20-2017 07:00
    Last week we discussed the benefits of limiting the number of processing tools at your disposal so you can focus better on the mixing itself. Today I'll try to give you some guidelines for you to choose the best tools for your needs... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 39

    07-16-2017 07:00
    In this episode we will look into a new method to record the Stereo Room tracks, as well as one of its numerous variants, which, in my opinion, is particularly interesting. .. Read more on Audiofanzine

    A guide to mixing music - Part 135

    07-13-2017 07:00
    After all we've been through, I can't find it in me to simply tell you to stop just like that, even though our journey into the world of mixing has certainly reached its final destination. Hence, in the coming weeks I will address some issues that I wasn't able to fit in coherently into the narrative of the series. Although less focused on the practical side of things, I think these points ought to be taken very seriously by any budding audio engineer out there who really wants to progress. In today's episode we'll discuss a notion which seems relatively counterintuitive at first: the importance of settings limits... Read more on Audiofanzine