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    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 74

    04-23-2018 15:00
    In this new installment I will suggest some mics and DIs to record electric guitar. By no means is this list meant to be an exhaustive one. As usual, I will stick to the standard solutions which have proved their worth through the years, so the least experienced among you know how you can go safe... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 73

    04-20-2018 15:00
    Granted, the techniques you saw last time are not exactly meant for beginners. That said, I think they allow you to get results that easily compensate for the headaches that thinking about the "routing" needed to carry them out entails. Today we'll look into a concrete use case... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Harmony Basics - Part 42

    04-19-2018 03:00
    The present article closes the mini-series we started with article 39 focusing on the use of voicings within the most common cadences. And we'll finish studying voicings based on added-tone chords looking at the interrupted cadence and rhythm changes. Let's go!.. Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 72

    04-15-2018 15:00
    Second part dedicated to trying to solve the question of whether you should record an electric guitar with or without effects... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 71

    04-03-2018 15:00
    Today we'll tackle a rather delicate topic: Should you record with or without effects?.. Read more on Audiofanzine

    Harmony Basics - Part 41

    04-01-2018 15:00
    With this article we close the chapter on voicings within the framework of cadences by seeing how you can add tones to the cadence chords in the previous articles... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 70

    03-29-2018 15:00
    Today we will discuss direct recording an electric guitar... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Top paid magnetic tape machine emulators

    03-28-2018 03:05
    Oh, the sound of tape! That "something" that so many people miss in digital recordings. Although there are plug-ins that do just that... .. Read more on Audiofanzine

    Harmony Basics - Part 40

    03-26-2018 15:00
    In the previous article we discussed some examples for three types of cadences: seventh chord progressions based on the circle of fifths, the perfect cadence and the plagal cadence. And we also looked at examples of voice movements within these different cadences... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 69

    03-25-2018 15:00
    This week I will show you a technique that is pretty widespread when it comes to recording electric guitar (but not only), namely: double-tracking!.. Read more on Audiofanzine

    Top hardware speaker simulators

    03-23-2018 01:47
    Speaker emulators seem to be highly in demand right now, mainly as a solution to record yourself and play live, benefiting from the sound of a tube amp. There are obviously lots of software tools to do that, but hardware solutions are becoming more and more popular... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Harmony Basics - Part 39

    03-20-2018 05:00
    Today we'll go once again over what we saw in articles 34 and 36 regarding voice-leading according to cadence, exploring in detail voice movements in relation to the most common cadences... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 68

    03-18-2018 15:00
    Today I will show you a nifty trick derived from the previous installment which will allow you to get an quasi-stereo electric guitar sound with two mono takes... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Talking music production with renowned producer, engineer and mixer Bob Power

    03-14-2018 20:00
    Whether it's producing, tracking, mixing or mastering—Bob Power has done it. He's been around long enough to have seen the changeover from analog to digital, the demise of the record industry, the rise of the internet—you name it. He made his mark in the business with his engineering and mixing of the influential hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest, as well as his production and mixing work with R&B artists like Erykah Badu, D'Angelo, Me'Shell Ndegéocello, The Roots, and Chaka Kahn; and he's stayed busy ever since. Nowadays he also teaches music production at the prestigious Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Harmony Basics - Part 38

    03-14-2018 05:00
    The previous article allowed you to get to know chords better, discussing open and drop chords. This week we'll take a look at a case where voices evolve in parallel, with a special focus on octaves and fifths. I know, I know: parallel octaves and fifths are forbidden, right? Indeed, when you want to stick to classic harmony, it is... .. Read more on Audiofanzine

    Review of the Baloran The River analog synthesizer

    03-06-2018 15:00
    35 years after the release of The Moog Source, the young French company Baloran pushes the concept to the next level. The River, much more than a polyphonic multitimbral analog synth, is made with pragmatism, modesty, talent and innovation. An outstanding musical instrument! .. Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 67

    03-05-2018 15:00
    In this installment we'll see in which cases it might be useful to record your guitar amp with several mics... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Top wah-wah pedals for guitar

    03-05-2018 03:10
    The quest for the perfect wah-wah pedal is not an easy one. The sound varies a lot from model to model and we don't all want to attack the same frequencies. Any reviews and advice is always very much welcome when discussing this legendary effect... which made us want to ask our readers their opinion. To help you out we chose 50 models among the best-sellers, but we also included in the list several pedals which don't usually get spotlights but nevertheless have a good reputation due to their quality. We also decided to only include models which feature an expression pedal and are still available for sale today... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Top legendary folk acoustic guitars

    02-28-2018 03:39
    While electric guitars have seen a decrease in sales in recent years, the acoustic guitar market seems to be as healthy as ever... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Harmony Basics - Part 37

    02-26-2018 15:00
    In the previous article we briefly studied the movements of each voice within the context of voice-leading, based on the motion of the root. Today we'll focus on a particular sort of voicing: drop voicings... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 66

    02-26-2018 03:00
    This week we retake the recording of electric guitar with the installment you've all been waiting for: the recording itself!.. Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 65

    02-21-2018 15:00
    Today's article is somewhat special but serves to illustrate perfectly the advantages of splicing into episodes this sort of series... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Harmony Basics - Part 36

    02-19-2018 06:00
    In the previous article you saw the notes that are best suited to create voicings and those which ought to be avoided. In this one we will focus our attention on voice-leading and certain rules you should consider when exploring this technique... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 64

    02-12-2018 15:00
    Second installment of the chapter dedicated to recording electric guitar. Today we'll discuss a small accessory that many guitar players are fond of to see how it impacts the sound and how you can make the best of it... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Brief guide to guitar synths

    02-08-2018 05:43
    The '80s revival that has taken hold of pop culture seems to not have an end. And, obviously, music hasn't escaped this phenomenon, to the benefit of one instrument: the synthesizer. A fact that makes most guitar players sad... But fortunately, there are solutions... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Harmony Basics - Part 35

    01-31-2018 15:00
    Today we'll continue exploring voicings... but going back to the basics! Because it's really nice to talk about open, closed, added-tone and what-not chords but if you don't know which notes you can or cannot use, then you might end up a bit frustrated... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 63

    01-30-2018 15:00
    This week we'll start a new construction site dedicated to recording electric guitar. This chapter will have a lot in common with that of the bass – some of you might even think that certain passages seem like I'm only repeating myself. But in my defense I must say that that's one of the basic pillars of learning: repeating what you learn until it becomes a part of you. So..... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Harmony Basics - Part 34

    01-26-2018 01:00
    Ever since I started this series I have striven to give you a bunch of theoretical tools that allow you to understand as well as possible the mechanisms behind Western harmony, always trying to avoid complicating things too much. At least that was my goal, and I hope I've achieved it. But don't worry I'm not saying goodbye just yet, far from that!.. Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 62

    01-24-2018 05:00
    Following the previous article, I think it's appropriate to discuss a crucial topic when you want to take recording seriously: the knowledge of the tools at your disposal. That's why today I will show you a method that will help you understand better the characteristics of your recording gear. This, in turn, ought to make your life easier when it comes to making choices during a recording session... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The best brands of power supplies for pedals

    01-21-2018 15:00
    Everybody knows guitar players love to collect pedals. Pedals are nice and good, yes, but they aren't much worth if you don't feed them some power. Regardless of whether you settle for a small setup with just an overdrive, reverb and delay or an XXL pedalboard you will need a power supply for the pedals. There are countless options and for every taste: multiple outputs or not, isolated, with different voltages or plain 9V, etc. Several brands compete for the lion's share of the market and it's not always easy to make yourself a clear picture. So, again we asked our French readers to tell us which are their favorite brands. And we got some interesting results we wanted to share with you... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Harmony Basics - Part 33

    01-18-2018 06:00
    In the present article we'll discuss added-tone chords in more detail, but first let me finish the previous installment... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 61

    01-15-2018 15:00
    A series like this wouldn't be complete if it didn't have an article dedicated exclusively to the recording tool by excellence: the microphone. For a change, I'll start today with some theory and then go on to close with a practical example... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Harmony Basics – Part 32

    01-11-2018 15:00
    In the previous article you saw how to create an interesting harmonization and, at the same time, develop clear bass and harmonic lines by simply inverting chords. But it isn't enough just to invert the chords, you can also play with their structure to open them!.. Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 60

    01-11-2018 05:00
    This week I will digress a bit to reflect upon recorded music and demystify it all a bit..... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Talking technique with Tony Maserati

    01-09-2018 21:00
    Grammy-winning engineer and producer Tony Maserati has worked with countless high-profile artists including Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Jay-Z, and Jennifer Lopez, to name just a few. .. Read more on Audiofanzine

    The top USB audio interfaces with two mic inputs for less than $300

    01-01-2018 06:00
    We know you love your first tiny one-preamp audio interface as much as you do your girlfriend, but you have to admit that it probably has become a bit limited, especially since you started playing with other musicians... Are you looking for a two-preamp interface with advanced and attractive features? Have you fallen in love with a model recently?.. Read more on Audiofanzine

    The top brands for acoustic drums

    12-28-2017 03:00
    Even drummers have the right to be polled! That's right, instead of picking on drummers, this time we decided to let them pick their favorite drum brands! The idea was to try to find out which is the most mythical acoustic drums brand for the Audiofanzine community... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Harmony Basics - Part 31

    12-26-2017 15:00
    In the previous article I introduced you to the concept of voice leading and voicings. Today we'll explore them in detail... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 59

    12-25-2017 15:00
    This week we'll discuss an issue that might seem less exciting than the rest we've seen so far but which was specially demanded by some Audiofanziners. It's basically a lean and mean list of mics and DIs recommended to record an e-bass... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The community's favorite analog synths

    12-23-2017 03:39
    Today we continue with the top lists of 2017 and the time has come to present the community's favorite analog synths!.. Read more on Audiofanzine

    Top e-bass models

    12-22-2017 03:00
    After polling the Audiofanzine community for their favorite DAWs and electric guitars, the time has come to find which are their favorite basses. Who will share the throne with Ableton Live and the Fender Stratocaster among the big winners of this year?.. Read more on Audiofanzine

    Harmony Basics - Part 30

    12-19-2017 06:00
    In the previous articles we explored the different harmonic motions which originate from the alternation between dissonance and consonance, and without even noticing it we started to lay the foundations for voice leading. Say what?.. Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 58

    12-18-2017 15:00
    Today's topic is somewhat off-topic. In fact, while the tricks you've seen so far allow you to improve "soft" and average electric bass lines, they can certainly be used both during tracking and mixdown, with hardware or plug-ins... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Top acoustic-electric guitar amp brands

    12-13-2017 03:00
    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 15:00
    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 15:00
    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

    12-01-2017 07:49
    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 21:00
    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 15:00
    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 15:00
    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