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    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 3

    09-28-2016 06:00
    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 06:00
    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 06:00
    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 06:00
    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 06:00
    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 22:40
    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 21:00
    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 12:00
    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 06:00
    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 06:00
    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 21:00
    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 06:00
    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

    The top studio headphones for about $100

    08-19-2016 06:00
    You can get some pretty good headphones for about $150 and while 50 bucks may not seem like much of a difference, it's a bit too much for many home studio owners. But don't worry if you are one of them, there are plenty of interesting cans for a tad less money. With this in mind, we asked our members of our French site to name their favorite pair of studio headphones for about $100, and we thought you might be interested in the results:.. Read more on Audiofanzine

    Harmony Basics - Part 20

    08-15-2016 06:00
    In the previous articles we saw how you can modulate towards other keys, mainly using pivot chords to guarantee a smooth transition. So, now that we've seen how to modulate, it would be nice to know where you can modulate to, right?.. Read more on Audiofanzine

    A guide to mixing music - Part 100

    08-14-2016 06:00
    After having seen the chorus effect last week , today we'll discuss another beloved modulation tool, the Flanger... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The best cables for guitar and bass

    08-12-2016 06:00
    Cables are an indispensable element in any electric or acoustic-electric guitar or bass player's toolkit. They must not only transport the signal of the instrument with the least nuances possible, but they must also be robust, practical and, why not, nice-looking. With this in mind we polled our French readers to find out which are their favorite brands... Read more on Audiofanzine

    iSolo Acoustic Guitar Microphone Review

    08-10-2016 06:00
    If you are in the audio world you have surely noticed how crowdfunding campaigns have multiplied in recent years. Everyday there are news stories about "groundbreaking" products on platforms like KissKissBankBank and Indiegogo. This tendency seems to only be going up, so we decided to test ride some of the products being crowdfunded. The first one is the iSolo, a PA system for acoustic guitar that seems particularly comprehensive and customizable... Read more on Audiofanzine

    A guide to mixing music - Part 99

    08-06-2016 21:00
    Moving forward we'll be taking a look at some modulation tools that, even if not that useful on a day-to-day basis during mixdown, they can come in incredibly handy in some situations. Today we'll begin with one of the most popular ones – Chorus... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The best large-diaphragm USB microphones

    08-02-2016 06:00
    Why buy a USB audio interface when you could simply get a mic to record yourself? That's what USB mics are for: you take them out of their box, plug them in and rock 'n' roll! We polled our French readers to have them tell us which are their favorite USB mics, and we thought we'd pass the results on to you. Here they are..... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The Andrew Scheps Interview

    08-01-2016 12:00
    You’d probably be surprised to discover that one of the top mixers in the world works on just a single pair of monitors, in a non-treated room, from a home studio. That engineer is Andrew Scheps, one of the foremost practitioners of the art of parallel processing. The innovative Scheps has a credit list that’s beyond impressive, which includes Adele, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mettalica, Jay-Z, U2, Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones, and Justin Timberlake, to name just a few. .. Read more on Audiofanzine

    Setting Up Your Own Home Studio - Part 3

    07-30-2016 06:00
    As I mentioned in the last article, the ideal home studio must have good room acoustics and soundproofing. But, what does these two concepts mean? To answer this question we need to dive into some theory... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The Best Overdrive Pedals for Electric Guitar

    07-27-2016 06:00
    The overdrive pedal is one of the most timeless and classic effects for electric guitar, and finding the overdrive of your dreams can be a lifelong endeavor. They have become a true cult object and manufacturers have seized the opportunity to expand the offering exponentially throughout the years. Given the saturation of the market, it's not easy to make your way through the jungle of products available. To make you life easier, we decided to poll the members of the French version of Audiofanzine to have them choose their favorite overdrive pedals from a list of the most indispensable models... Read more on Audiofanzine

    A guide to mixing music - Part 98

    07-24-2016 06:00
    Today I'll shortlist the plug-ins that I use most frequently when I want to reinforce the sonic cohesion of a mix. As usual, this is by no means an exhaustive list. Far from that. My only goal here is to try to somehow point you in the right direction so you can make your own decisions later on... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The best studio headphones for less than $50

    07-21-2016 06:00
    Sometimes, $50 for a pair of studio cans might be over your budget, be it because you don't have the money in the bank or you need to buy four at the same time or any other reason you can think of. But even then, at this price point, there are so many different models that you might have a hard time choosing one. With this in mind, we asked our members of the French version of Audiofanzine to pick their favorite pair of studio headphones under $50. And here are the results..... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Harmony Basics - Part 19

    07-18-2016 06:00
    In the previous article we saw how to use cadences to modulate to a different key. However, regardless of whether you use a cadence or not, a seamless modulation relies on the so-called pivot chords... Read more on Audiofanzine

    A guide to mixing music - Part 97

    07-17-2016 06:00
    As promised, this week we'll see how to make the most of tape machine and console-emulating plug-ins... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The Operating Principles of Loudspeakers - Part 7

    07-14-2016 06:00
    Another family of transducers, often put down by audiophiles, is that making use of the piezoelectric phenomenon. Sturdy and not particularly expensive, these transducers have found a place in many speakers with more or less success... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The 10 Hottest Products of Summer NAMM 2016

    07-12-2016 06:00
    The Summer NAMM was just a couple of weeks ago and we were there, obviously! Here's our report (better late than never...): As usual the world of guitar was omnipresent during the event. Here's a list of the products that caught our eye most... Read more on Audiofanzine

    A guide to mixing music - Part 96

    07-10-2016 06:00
    This week we'll keep on discussing distortion by addressing plug-ins that emulate legendary tape machines and consoles... Read more on Audiofanzine

    A guide to mixing music - Part 95

    07-05-2016 06:00
    Today you'll see how to put into practice everything you've learned so far about harmonic distortion... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The Best Type of Vibratos for Electric Guitar

    07-03-2016 06:00
    Far from being a simple accessory, the vibrato has become an essential element in the playing style of many guitarists. Be it for subtle modulations with clean sounds or dive bombs with fat distortions, tremolo bar fans often look for specific types of vibratos. 403 members of the French version of Audiofanzine took part in a poll to choose their favorite type of Whammy Bar, and we thought we'd pass the results on to you. Do you agree with them? Use the comments section to let us know!.. Read more on Audiofanzine

    The Best Electric Guitar Tuners

    06-30-2016 06:00
    Is there anything more annoying than a guitar that won't stay in tune? Most guitar lovers will say no. While there are several factors to consider, the quality of the tuning machines plays a crucial role to guarantee stability and comfort. But there are so many options out there that it's hard to make a decision. We polled 427 members of the French version of Audiofanzine to come up with these rankings, and we thought we'd pass the results on to you. We'd love to know which are your favorite tuning machine heads, so please use the comments section to let us know!.. Read more on Audiofanzine

    Harmony Basics - Part 18

    06-28-2016 06:00
    It's not uncommon for a composer/songwriter to feel the need to leave the original key of the song he's writing and go explore some other ones. There are many reasons for that: to change the mood (i.e. the key!) of the song, to catch the attention of the listener, to create surprises, etc. And this is where the principle of modulation, which we will be discussing in the following articles, comes in... Read more on Audiofanzine

    A guide to mixing music - Part 94

    06-25-2016 06:00
    This week we'll continue exploring harmonic distortion... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Mini-effects pedals make configuring your pedalboard a whole new ballgame

    06-23-2016 12:00
    One of the great things about pedalboards is that they give you the freedom to choose the effects you want for your rig. There is one caveat: Your pedalboard is a finite size, and you can only add effects up to a point before you run out of space. Without having to buy a larger pedalboard, you can maximize the number of effects you have by adding mini-sized pedals. These tiny powerhouses have become quite popular over the last several years, and, with some limitations, can provide you with sonic power on par with their larger brethren... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Coordinate your rhythm guitar parts to avoid a chaotic-sounding mess

    06-22-2016 12:00
    Whenever you have more than one guitarist playing chords in a song, you risk a cluttered and muddy sounding result if the parts they’re playing are not coordinated in advance. That said, there are pretty big differences in the approach you’ll take to rhythm-guitar arranging, depending on whether you’re arranging for the stage or studio. In this article we’ll look at strategies for successfully arranging your rhythm parts for both scenarios... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The Operating Principles of Loudspeakers - Part 6

    06-21-2016 12:00
    After our previous discussion of electrodynamic speakers, we'll now move on to describing different categories of speaker transducers, starting with the equivalent of the condenser mic in the speakers world... Read more on Audiofanzine

    A guide to mixing music - Part 93

    06-19-2016 12:00
    This time around, we'll focus on distortion... Read more on Audiofanzine

    A review of the Universal Audio Fender ’55 Tweed Deluxe plug-in

    06-16-2016 12:00
    Universal Audio has released plug-ins for quite a few guitar amps in the last couple of years, but its new Fender ’55 Tweed Deluxe is its first foray into the Fender amp world, and it’s a doozy. The plug-in, which is officially endorsed by Fender, recreates a mid-‘50s-era Deluxe model 5E3, a vaunted amp that could deliver everything from warm clean tones to creamy smooth distortion. As with any UAD-2 plug-in you need either an Apollo interface or other UAD-2 hardware to run it. .. Read more on Audiofanzine

    How to keep excessive stage levels from ruining your band’s sound

    06-15-2016 12:00
    Many factors can negatively impact your band’s sound, from lack of rehearsal to bad acoustics to feedback to malfunctioning gear to burnt-out sound engineers. But perhaps the most consistent impediment to sounding good is excessive stage volume. Yes, we all like to let it rip onstage, but by allowing our levels to get out of control, we can ruin it for the rest of the band and the audience. .. Read more on Audiofanzine

    Setting Up Your Home Studio - Part 2

    06-14-2016 12:00
    From the corner of a bedroom to the living room or a garage, the home studio always ends up adapting to the elements. As usual, it all boils down to your own needs, means and possibilities... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Auratone 5C Super Sound Cube Review

    06-13-2016 12:00
    You just got your main monitor speakers and are already looking for a second pair? Boy are you a compulsive buyer! What's that you said? Auratone is back with its famous 5Cs? Okay, well maybe just this once I'll turn a blind eye..... Read more on Audiofanzine

    A guide to mixing music - Part 92

    06-12-2016 12:00
    In the coming weeks we'll discuss in detail the so-called "glue" effect, in other words how to make the mix more homogeneous using different procedures. Today we'll discuss a simple method to emphasize the cohesion we've achieved so far... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Pettinhouse celebrates 10 years with special offer

    06-10-2016 16:50
    Until this Sunday, Pettinhouse celebrates its 10th anniversary by offering a pack of 10 (+1) sound libraries for a total special price of $99... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Overloud releases free TH3 3.2.0 update

    06-09-2016 16:37
    Overloud has released version 3.2.0 of their TH3 guitar amp simulation software and plugin, which is a free upgrade for all TH3 registered owners... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Review of the Lauten Audio LA-320 tube-condenser microphone

    06-09-2016 12:00
    The LA-320 is the first mic in Lauten Audio’s new "Series Black" line. Lauten, whose product line features many high-end mics as well, have put out a large-diaphragm tube condenser with a price point ($499)aimed at the home and project studio market. Not only that, they’ve hit it out of the park. .. Read more on Audiofanzine

    UVI presents Spectre expansion pack for Falcon

    06-08-2016 18:00
    UVI announces Spectre, an expansion pack for Falcon including 140 presets inspired by the high-energy and detailed styling of modern electronic music... Read more on Audiofanzine

    NI Releases Free REAKTOR Blocks 1.2 Update

    06-08-2016 16:00
    Native Instruments has released the free Reaktor Blocks 1.2 update, adding major improvements for integrating hardware into Reaktor-based setups... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Flash sale: Waves' Scheps 73 at $49 for 24 hours

    06-07-2016 18:30
    Today only, Waves offer their Scheps 73 EQ/preamp modeling simulation plug-in at $49 instead of $199... Read more on Audiofanzine

    G-Sonique's Renegade VSTi goes 64-bit

    06-07-2016 17:00
    G-Sonique's Renegade VSTi synthesizer is now also available in native 64-bit version... Read more on Audiofanzine
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