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    Harmony Basics - Part 36

    02-19-2018 07:00
    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 16:00
    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 06:43
    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 16:00
    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 16:00
    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 02:00
    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 06:00
    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 16:00
    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 07:00
    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 16:00
    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 16:00
    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 06:00
    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 22:00
    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 07:00
    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 04:00
    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 16:00
    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 16:00
    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 04:39
    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 04:00
    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 07:00
    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 16:00
    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 04:00
    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 16:00
    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 16:00
    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 08:49
    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 22:00
    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 16:00
    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 16:00
    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

    11-21-2017 07:00
    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

    11-20-2017 08:00
    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

    11-18-2017 05:07
    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 16:00
    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 16:00
    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 16:00
    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 16:00
    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

    11-04-2017 04:59
    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 16:00
    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

    11-01-2017 04:50
    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 16:00
    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 09:00
    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 16:00
    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 16:00
    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 16:00
    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 16:00
    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 16:00
    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 16:00
    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 16:00
    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 16:00
    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 16:00
    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 22:00
    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