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    The Top 10 of Musikmesse 2017

    04-20-2017 06:00
    The Musikmesse 2017 in Frankfurt ended last week and it was a good occasion for the Audiofanzine team to try out new gear... Read more on Audiofanzine

    A guide to mixing music - Part 125

    04-17-2017 06:00
    Today I'll suggest a non-exhaustive list of tools that can make your life easier during the critical listening sessions of your mixes in your home studio... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 29

    04-12-2017 06:00
    Second kick drum installment from the chapter dedicated to recording drums... Read more on Audiofanzine

    A guide to mixing music - Part 124

    04-09-2017 06:00
    This time we will look at a very specific way of listening to your mix: comparative A/B listening. I cannot recommend you enough this method – it's hands down the most important way to listen to your mixes in a home studio... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 28

    04-04-2017 06:00
    After having looked at the snare drum, we will focus today on how to close mic a kick drum... Read more on Audiofanzine

    A guide to mixing music - Part 123

    04-02-2017 06:00
    Chronologically speaking, the critical listening stage is divided into two phases for any home studio enthusiast: the first one under his/her usual working conditions and the second one outdoors. This week we will review different listening methods that will help you understand better the first of these phases... Read more on Audiofanzine

    An interview with mixing wiz Ryan West

    03-30-2017 12:00
    Succeeding as a freelance mixing engineer in New York City is no easy feat, but Ryan West has done it, impressively. Working predominantly on the hip-hop and R&B scenes, his credit list includes such luminaries as Kanye West, Jay-Z, Eminem, Rihanna, Usher, 50 Cent, Kid Cudi, and Maroon 5. Not bad for a guy with no formal engineering training and who began his career in New York working at a music store. .. Read more on Audiofanzine

    An interview with mixing wiz Ryan West

    03-30-2017 12:00
    Succeeding as a freelance mixing engineer in New York City is no easy feat, but Ryan West has done it, impressively. Working predominantly on the hip-hop and R&B scenes, his credit list includes such luminaries as Kanye West, Jay-Z, Eminem, Rihanna, Usher, 50 Cent, Kid Cudi, and Maroon 5. Not bad for a guy with no formal engineering training and who began his career in New York working at a music store. .. Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 27

    03-29-2017 06:00
    In the previous episode we saw the ABC of close miking a snare drum. Today we'll take it a step further..... Read more on Audiofanzine

    A guide to mixing music - Part 122

    03-27-2017 06:00
    In order to approach the critical listening sessions seriously, here are a couple of things you might want to ask yourself while at it. You should focus mainly on two aspects, which I recommend you take on one after the other, so you don't get distracted... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 26

    03-23-2017 08:17
    Now that we've covered the Mono Room and Overheads tracks, the time has come for us to tackle the recording of the different elements of the drum kit with the close miking technique. We'll start this week with the snare drum... Read more on Audiofanzine

    A guide to mixing music - Part 121

    03-20-2017 07:00
    Dear friends, I know the closer we come to the end the more impatient you get. What do we have left after the delicate automation phase? Well, quite a few things and not particularly easy ones. In the coming weeks we'll look at different methods of listening that ought to help you judge better your mixes. This will help you give the finishing touches to your wok before you can send it to the mastering studio. So hold on, we're almost there!.. Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 25

    03-16-2017 07:00
    This installment is the last one dedicated to overheads. Yes, I know four articles discussing that topic exclusively seems like a lot. But I insist, the overall result of a drum kit recording depends largely on the overheads, so it makes sense to take all necessary precautions, doesn't it? Here is some last advice to help you on the quest to getting the perfect drum sound... Read more on Audiofanzine

    A guide to mixing music - Part 120

    03-14-2017 07:00
    Today I'll give you some final recommendations regarding automation... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 24

    03-12-2017 07:00
    After having seen the ORTF, XY and M/S techniques, we'll look now into two other methods to record drum overheads... Read more on Audiofanzine

    A guide to mixing music - Part 119

    03-05-2017 06:00
    To close the chapter on automation I'll start listing today some advice and remarks I haven't mentioned before, but which I nevertheless deem important and useful... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 23

    03-02-2017 06:00
    As I told you last week, there are several techniques to record the incredibly important drum overheads stereo track. We already saw the ORTF method and today we'll dive into the XY and M/S techniques... Read more on Audiofanzine

    An interview with producer and Live expert Laura Escudé

    02-27-2017 12:00
    Laura Escudé, who performs under the name "Alluxe," has built a successful and eclectic career in the music world as a producer, performer, and programmer. An expert in Ableton Live—she was Ableton’s first West Coast Product Specialist and one of the first Certified in the world. Escudé is frequently hired by touring musicians to design and program their touring systems, helping them with backing tracks, sample triggering, and musical direction. .. Read more on Audiofanzine

    A guide to mixing music - Part 118

    02-26-2017 06:00
    Today I'll write the second part of our brief compilation of the most common mistakes and issues when dealing with automation... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 22

    02-21-2017 06:00
    This week we'll focus on, in my opinion, the most important track when it comes to recording drums: overheads... Read more on Audiofanzine

    A guide to mixing music - Part 117

    02-19-2017 06:00
    As we've seen in the past weeks, automation is no rocket science or black magic. However, when it comes to putting it all into practice there are some pitfalls you should try to avoid. Here's a brief compilation of the most common mistakes and issues... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 21

    02-14-2017 06:00
    In this episode we'll start discussing the recording of drums with what is usually called the Mono Room track, which is much more important than it seems..... Read more on Audiofanzine

    A guide to mixing music - Part 116

    02-11-2017 21:00
    With this article I'll close the automation "tips and tricks" chapter by approaching it from a song structure point of view. This time we'll deal with how to put together different puzzle pieces like the intro, the verses, the choruses, the bridges, the solos, the outro, etc... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 20

    02-08-2017 06:00
    Today we'll begin discussing a topic that will take us several weeks to cover: recording drums... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Universal Audio Apollo Twin MKII Review

    02-06-2017 05:30
    Three years ago Universal Audio introduced the Apollo Twin, a more friendly priced desktop version of their Apollo flagship audio interface... Read more on Audiofanzine

    An interview with legendary producer/engineer Ed Cherney

    01-29-2017 12:00
    Talk about an impressive career—Ed Cherney has produced or engineered a veritable who’s who of iconic musicians including Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, Iggy Pop, The Rolling Stones, Buddy Guy, Bob Dylan, Ry Cooder and countless others. .. Read more on Audiofanzine

    A guide to mixing music - Part 115

    01-29-2017 06:00
    Today I invite you to join me in discovering some automation techniques that take advantage of our animal instincts to give some background life to your music... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The 30 Hottest Products from the Winter NAMM Show 2017

    01-27-2017 19:58
    The Winter NAMM Show 2017 has come to an end and the least you could say about it is that this year was a very good vintage (you know how we Frenchmen are into wine talk...). And these 30 products from among the hundreds introduced are a good proof of that... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 19

    01-25-2017 06:00
    This week I invite you to discuss the importance of tuning in a recording situation... Read more on Audiofanzine

    A guide to mixing music - Part 114

    01-22-2017 06:00
    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 06:00
    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 16:06
    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 06:00
    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 17:04
    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 06:00
    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 06:00
    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 06:00
    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 06:00
    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 06:00
    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 12:00
    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 06:10
    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 06:00
    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 06:00
    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 06:00
    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 06:00
    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 06:00
    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 12:00
    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 06:00
    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 06:00
    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 06:00
    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
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