Analog Tape Recording Basics

Posted by Daniel Keller on 2011年8月16日 0:13:06 PDT
These days, owning an analog tape machine is somewhat akin to driving a classic car, with ongoing maintenance, scarcity of parts, and exotic fuel (analog tape) that's expensive and hard to find. So while a handful of top studios still offer those classic spinning reels (and the engineers to maintain them), the good news for the rest of us is that there are now more convenient ways to achieve that classic magnetic sound. Read More

Understanding Audio Data Compression: MP3s, AACs, and more

Posted by Daniel Keller on 2011年4月25日 21:12:32 PDT
Data compression schemes like MP3, FLAC, AAC, and other relatives have fundamentally changed music as we know it. Daniel Keller breaks down the different formats, and how data compression can change the music you make, and how you listen to it. Read More

The Basics of Reverb

Posted by Daniel Keller on 2011年3月24日 11:13:11 PDT
From Bill Putnam Sr.’s legendary United/Western echo chambers to modern digital units, artificial reverb is fundamental to modern recording. Learn how this remarkable effect came to be, and how its use — and abuse — can make or break your tracks. Read More

UAD-2 Powered Plug-Ins Basics & FAQ

Posted by Universal Audio on 2011年2月1日 0:00:00 PST
So, what exactly is the UAD-2 Powered Plug-Ins platform, anyway? The UAD-2 Powered Plug-Ins Platform is a range of very high-quality audio plug-ins, powered by dedicated hardware DSP accelerators (either PCIe/ExpressCard format or Firewire 400/800 format). UAD-2 plug-ins can be used in any VST, AU, or RTAS compatible audio software on Mac and PC. Read More

Audio Mastering Basics: Taking Your Music That Extra Step

Posted by Daniel Keller on 2010年7月23日 0:00:00 PDT
No one will argue that digital technology has done much to empower musicians to take control over their recordings. Today’s artists are far less dependent on high-priced recording professionals, with many great-sounding projects having never even seen the inside of a recording studio. Read More

Using Multiband EQ to Fix Common Mix Problems

Posted by Daniel Keller on 2010年4月21日 11:14:11 PDT
In the never-ending quest for the perfect mix, EQ is one of the oldest tools we have, and still one of the most powerful. Used in moderation, EQ can add clarity and definition to a crowded soundscape. Used with precision, it can remove offending sounds we wish we hadn’t captured. As a strategic tool, a bit of EQ can make all the difference needed to separate dueling guitars, scoop the mud from your drums or make a vocal shine. Read More

5 Things You Need to Know About Mastering Your Music

Posted by Michael Romanowski on 2009年12月23日 11:15:11 PST
The mastering engineer is the last step of the artistic phase, and the first step of the manufacturing phase. It’s the final opportunity to listen, polish, and make a change in the sonic presentation. It is also the first step of the manufacturing phase, because it prepares the master in the way that best suits the needs of the manufacturer. The goal is to listen to the broad picture; the actual content is immaterial. The mastering engineer is paying attention to EQ presentation, to level presentation, to dynamics presentation. Read More

Audio Compression Basics

Posted by Mason Hicks on 2009年11月24日 11:15:11 PST
Compressors and limiters are specialized amplifiers used to reduce dynamic range — the span between the softest and loudest sounds. The use of compressors can make recordings and live mixes sound more polished by controlling maximum levels and maintaining higher average loudness. Additionally, many compressors — both hardware and software — will have a signature sound that can be used to inject wonderful coloration and tone into otherwise lifeless tracks. Read More

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