How To Choose The Right Audio Interface

How To Choose The Right Audio Interface For those of us just getting into recording, producing, and performing, or for those of us looking for an upgrade – there are a few common factors to consider and understand when looking for an audio interface. There are A LOT of choices today and the difference in quality in relation to price is not as obvious as it once was. You need to consider your immediate interface needs but also think about what you might need a year or two down the line. Joe Albano from Ask Audio recently wrote a great article about this topic, so combined with Joe’s tips, I will go over 5 factors to consider in your new audio interface. 1. Price An obvious place to start, but as mentioned above you can find the quality you need in budget interfaces these days. You need to consider what …

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Substance by Output: A New Breed of Bass

Substance by Output: A New Breed of Bass Substance is a heavily produced bass engine that combines processed electric and acoustic basses, full live brass sections, huge polysynths, the dirtiest analog synths, insane sound design and much more into single patches. While realistic emulation is possible, it is not the focus of this engine. Substance gives you the ability to create new, boundary-pushing, high-quality bass sounds by easily blending 3 layers of sound. Output’s powerful engine has an endless list of sound sources that are combined with FX, filters, and modulation. Each preset has its own advanced arpeggiator, flux control, and front page macros. The clean, simple look and functionality of the preset browser allows for more playing and less clicking.   Bass is one of the trickiest things to get right in your mix, and it is often the foundation of people “feeling” your track. On top of that, creating …

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3 Free Ways To Vastly Improve Your Mix Before You Press Record

3 Free Ways To Vastly Improve Your Mix Before You Press Record Recently, Ross Hughes from Pro Tools Expert went over techniques to improve your records before you even get into the intricacies of what kind of gear and software to use. I felt it would be useful to go over them here since we don’t always spend enough time mastering the basics of making records. And we always need a reminder that our ears are one of the most important pieces of gear we use. Some of the greatest drum sounds, guitar sounds, and vocal sounds ever have been achieved using these techniques, and they’re free!   The Room Matters Whether you are in a fully sound proofed, “dead” room or a lively room with all hard surfaces – instruments are going to sound different at different positions throughout the room. Take some time to listen to your instrument at …

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Record Your Next Album In Less Time With High Quality

Record Your Next Album In Less Time   Sounds like a gimmick, I know, and while what we’re about to go over may seem obvious and simple, as someone who has been writing and recording music for over 10 years, simplifying the process may be just what you need to finish what you have started with the quality you want. This post is inspired by Graham Cochrane’s article from The Recording Revolution.   The main concept of this strategy is Parkinson’s Law, which states that “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”. Most of us out there have many other commitments in our lives besides our music. While we still want the music we release to have the quality we dream up in our heads. Dreaming of that quality is a lofty goal and can be intimidating, and if your problem is feeling as if …

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5 Tips For Getting Huge Drum Sounds

5 Tips For Getting Huge Drum Sounds   Grammy nominated and Spelleman Award winning audio engineer, Matthew Weiss, has blessed us with a few tips on how to get huge drum sounds. He clarifies that he is referring to the “huge” sound that fits with more rock, pop records that are using either acoustic drums or a live drum feel. However, his tips will inform any curious producer or engineer and understanding other styles can only take your skills to the next level. I’ll summarize his five points below.   Embrace The Space – to get character and energy in your drums you need to embrace the space in which you’re recording. Even if it isn’t acoustically perfect, it is working with those inconsistencies and quarks that will MAKE your sound. A controlled space can very easily sound dead and boring. Fake It If You Can’t Make It – if …

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Blokdust: Retro-Futuristic Music Making Inside Your Browser

Blokdust – Retro-Futuristic Music Making Inside Your Browser   A simple and easy to use interactive music-making browser, build synths and sounds all with your mouse and keyboard! Blokdust keeps things simple while providing a variety of source sounds and effects to allow you creative freedom. You can also load samples into the browser and work with those. To get a little more advanced you can can connect any MIDI controller to your synthesizer. This is a great introduction to synthesizers and sampling. With a very simple interface you can intuitively click around and discover all the different synth and sampling options available. The effects browser is limited, but in this case that’s a good thing – without too much to get lost in you can really get a sense of what each effect does to your sound. It’s also extremely easy to share whatever you’ve made at the end …

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Reverb Solo – Add Space to your mix (Free Download)

Reverb Solo- Add Space to Your Mix (Free Download)   Reverb Solo is a wonderful sounding free single knob reverb plugin developed by Acon Digital for Reverb.com. It has an incredibly simple design, a single knob and a wet/dry fader. Despite its simplicity it is a great tool for quickly adding some space to your tracks.  Reverb.com’s design philosophy was to make a simple reverb plugin that will either make a sound seem close to listener or very far away depending how you adjust the knob.The  tone and size are preset but the knob allows you to go from a small bright reverb with a short tail to a large dark reverb with a long tail.  The developer. Acon Digital is know for their other high end commercial plugins like Verberate, which combines algorithmic and convolution reverb for a unique sound. Reverb Solo is based on the same  algorithm used …

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Developing Perfect Pitch – Free Online Ear Training Tools and Tutorials

Developing Perfect Pitch – Free Online Ear Training Tools and Tutorials   Why Ear Training? For producers who use reference tracks as a starting point, ear training is a crucial practice that could greatly leverage the producer’s ability to hear the greater details of a track. It also enables producers to quickly transcribe the rhythmic ideas, chords and melodies in their mind. There are many good ear training softwares such as Ear Master 6 with over 2000 pitch and rhythm identification exercises. Another software for synth programming identification is Syntorial. It is a software that teaches subtractive synthesis by training the ear to identify the different stages of subtractive synth programming. Below are a few free ear training websites: 1. The Rhythm Trainer (http://www.therhythmtrainer.com/) The Rhythm Trainer lets the user choose between two different types of exercises. For exercise A, the user selects the rhythms that they hear. For exercise B, …

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