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    Synthetic scales from tetrachords of altered modes - Part 3

    11-02-2018 12:20 PM
    In the previous article you learned that Lydian tetrachords were absent from the modes of the melodic minor scale. But since we really like the oddest combinations, I suggest we wrap up this brief review of the different possibilities offered by the use of tetrachords looking at what happens when you combine Lydian tetrachords with the new tetrachords of the melodic minor scale... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Headphone mix for the singer - Part 4

    10-31-2018 12:47 PM
    In this fourth part you'll learn how to fine-tune the cue mix for the singer by improving the ordinary in no time... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Synthetic scales from tetrachords of altered modes - Part 2

    10-29-2018 10:05 PM
    Last time we started exploring the tetrachords of the altered modes in general and the synthetic scales created from the tetrachords of the melodic minor scale in particular. You saw that apart from the tetrachords of the natural modes, altered modes provide a whole new range of "building bricks": the diminished, harmonic, Lydian #2 and minor #4 tetrachords. Today I invite you to discover the synthetic scales you can create with all these new elements... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Headphone mix for the singer - Part 3

    10-26-2018 01:31 PM
    After the brief detour last week to discuss a less conventional way to handle the cue mix, today we'll go back to the more traditional way, that is the use of a good ol' pair of headphones. We'll discuss a method that will allow you to provide the singer a perfect cue mix while at the same time help you set the recording levels... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Synthetic scales from tetrachords of altered modes - Part 1

    10-25-2018 12:20 PM
    After having reviewed in our last article the synthetic scales resulting from the taking apart of natural modes and the redistribution of their tetrachords, let's see what you get when you do the same with altered modes... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Headphone mix for the singer - Part 2

    10-16-2018 02:27 PM
    Last week I mentioned the preposterous idea of using a speaker instead of headphones to send the cue mix to the singer. This obviously entails the mic picking up a lot of bleed, however as I implied back then, you can minimize this horrible crosstalk to make it acceptable. Lets see how...!.. Read more on Audiofanzine

    Synthetic scales from natural modes

    10-11-2018 10:42 AM
    In the previous article I introduced synthetic scales, which made us dig up an element of scales and modes which we had already touched upon before: tetrachords. So before we move on I think it's important to highlight the interest of splitting scales and modes into tetrachords and then put them back together... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Headphone mix for the singer - Part 1

    10-09-2018 12:24 PM
    Today's article could've been easily included in the previous section because we are once again dealing with the comfort of the singer. However, I decided to make it part of a new, much larger section dedicated to the handling of headphone mixes when recording vocals. Let's go!.. Read more on Audiofanzine

    Synthetic scales

    10-02-2018 01:21 PM
    Last time I told you we would discover a couple of somewhat particular scales: the harmonic major and double harmonic major scales. But they belong to a larger group called synthetic scales, which I think we should discuss before we move into these two specific cases... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The comfort of the performer - Part 3

    10-01-2018 01:34 PM
    Third and final installment of the chapter dedicated to the comfort of the singer during vocal recordings. Today, for the first time, we will discuss the gear used. However, before looking at it from a technical point of view, I think it's better to linger a bit on the practical side of things from the viewpoint of the performer, so that he/she can deliver his/her best... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Harmony Basics - Part 63

    09-30-2018 11:22 AM
    Today we'll continue studying the modes of the harmonic minor scale we began last week. I invite you to discover with me..... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The comfort of the performer - Part 2

    09-29-2018 01:38 PM
    Second part of the chapter dedicated to the comfort of the singer when recording vocals. After discussing the place last week, today you'll see some really nice tricks that will allow the singer to feel more at home easily... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Harmony Basics - Part 62

    09-27-2018 10:01 AM
    After having studied in the previous article the altered modes of the melodic minor scale, today we'll look into those of the harmonic minor scale... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The comfort of the performer - Part 1

    09-24-2018 11:05 AM
    In the previous article I mentioned the famous "comfort zone" of the singer. In the coming weeks we'll look into the material conditions around a vocal recording which are susceptible of helping the performer in creating this comfort bubble. And when I say material conditions I'm not talking about gear but rather to the physical environment in which the singer will find him/herself in during the recordings. Still not clear enough? Let me try to explain myself..... Read more on Audiofanzine

    The modes of the melodic minor system

    09-21-2018 12:23 PM
    After the brief deviation in the last installment, it's time to continue with our favorite altered modes... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Singing or the art of performance - Part 4

    09-15-2018 08:23 AM
    To finish with the performance question, today we'll discuss a somewhat particular topic which was inspired by a comment posted in the French forum by ex-Moderator in Chief, Will Zégal, in response to a previous article.. Read more on Audiofanzine

    The return of the return of the pedal

    09-05-2018 05:30 AM
    Dear friends, do allow me to open a brief parenthesis in our harmony series with this article... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Singing, or the art of performance - Part 3

    09-03-2018 12:27 PM
    Today we'll continue exploring the art of performance with an installment that could be easily renamed into "Theatrics for Dummies." However, anyone who takes the time to put into practice these tips will see an amazing improvement in the recording of vocal performances. Cross my heart and hope to die if they don't!.. Read more on Audiofanzine

    Altered modes, the specific case of the half-diminished scale

    08-21-2018 11:15 PM
    You might be wondering why I'm writing about these scales as a "particular case" even though I hadn't mentioned them when talking about the altered and Bartok scales. Well, these two scales often lead to a quite legitimate confusion so I decided to straighten things up and write an article to clarify things before moving forward. Even if that means straying a bit from the subject of altered modes to briefly explain what the diminished scale is, since it is not an altered mode... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Singing, or the art of performance - Part 2

    09-03-2018 12:29 PM
    As you saw previously, the singer, as a performer, can be compared to an actor. However, unlike a "traditional actor," the singer must only rely on his/her voice to bring to life his/her character within the framework of a recording production... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Altered modes, the specific case of the Bartok scale

    08-20-2018 01:03 PM
    In the previous article we started studying two particular cases among altered modes. Remember that altered modes are those built from a scale that is not major. The two cases in question are the altered scale and the Bartok scale. After having explored the first one in the previous installment, today we'll study the second one... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Altered modes, the specific case of the altered scale

    08-15-2018 03:20 AM
    In the last article, I introduced you to the modes of harmonic and melodic minor scales. Before we begin to study each of them, I invite you to discover two of them more in detail right now, namely the altered and the Bartok scale. Today we'll begin studying the first one... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Singing, or the art of performance - Part 1

    09-03-2018 12:28 PM
    In this new installment of the chapter dedicated to vocal recording we will tackle the delicate issue of performance... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Introducing altered modes

    08-10-2018 10:18 AM
    In the previous article we made a brief pause in the study of the characteristics of the different modes to introduce two particularly useful forms of writing in the modal system: the pedal and the ostinato... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Taking care of the singer - Part 2

    08-07-2018 06:03 AM
    Second installment dedicated to the things to do to prepare better for a recording session. Once again, certain things I'll write here might seem statements of the obvious for some of you. That said, I'm the kind who thinks that if something goes without saying, it always goes better if you actually say it... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Pedal and ostinato in the modal system

    08-03-2018 02:55 PM
    In the last couple of articles we started to see how modes work, especially considering their harmonic characteristics and the cadences which support them... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Modal cadences 2

    08-01-2018 09:01 AM
    In this article we'll continue on the same path as last week, reviewing the characteristic cadences of each mode... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Taking care of the singer - Part 1

    07-30-2018 02:30 PM
    Today we'll see how you can look after the singer during a recording session. Do note that for the sake of simplification, whenever I write "singer" in this chapter I will be referring generically to any person who sings, raps, slams, etc... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Lighting accessories for musicians

    07-28-2018 02:12 PM
    If you only have your talent and hard work to deliver a good concert, here are some nifty tools to help you make your gigs more visually appealing... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Modal cadences 1

    07-25-2018 04:18 PM
    There's probably not one single article in the first 45 articles of this series, which dealt essentially with the tonal system, where I didn't mention cadences... Read more on Audiofanzine