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    AUDIO RECORDING - ultimate guide (100 episodes)

    12-04-2018 12:55 AM
    Once the mastering series is finished and now that the mixing guide is (finally!) arriving the end, it's only natural that Audiofanzine asked me to extend this tale told backwards with a new series dedicated to recording... Read more on Audiofanzine

    MIXING IN A HOME STUDIO - ultimate guide (150 episodes)

    12-04-2018 12:55 AM
    Given the good response our "Mastering at Home" series received, yours truly has put himself to the task of doing a similar guide dedicated to recording and mixing... Read more on Audiofanzine

    HOME MASTERING - ultimate guide (22 episodes)

    12-04-2018 12:55 AM
    After more than 20 weeks, the time has finally come for the last installment in our series dedicated to mastering at home. Today we won't be making any miraculous revelations. Instead, we'll give you one final piece of advice, "for the road.".. Read more on Audiofanzine

    THE LOUDNESS WAR (12 episodes)

    12-04-2018 01:08 AM
    Volume, more volume! Yes, but at what price? This series of articles will review the origins of the volume race, the physical considerations, new standards and tools, and their impact on public health... Read more on Audiofanzine

    SOUND SYNTHESIS & SOUND DESIGN (30 episodes)

    12-04-2018 12:57 AM
    Throughout history, humans all around the globe have never stopped diversifying the uses of music ─ ritual, recreational, intellectual, etc. ─ and have produced it using their voices and bodies or through the development and practice of musical instruments. Through the 19th century, the basic methods for creating music were the same: Hitting animal skins, rubbing, plucking or hitting strings, and blowing into bone, wooden or metal pipes. Then everything began to change..... Read more on Audiofanzine

    MUSIC THEORY - ultimate guide (68 episodes)

    12-04-2018 01:29 AM
    I know for certain that there are many talented musicians among you, even though the theoretical side of music has always put you off. Some others might have a classical education, but dropped music theory as soon as you knew enough to decipher sheet music... Read more on Audiofanzine

    HOW TO EXTRACT VOCALS FROM A SONG

    12-04-2018 01:24 AM
    You've probably dreamed about removing or isolating vocals or instruments from a record to get a single vocal line or sample an instrumental loop. However, is this even possible?.. Read more on Audiofanzine

    THE TOP 150 FREEWARE TO MAKE MUSIC

    12-04-2018 01:07 AM
    Making music with your computer when you don't have a penny is possible. And to prove our point here you have 150+ free software tools many of which don't have anything to envy their paid counterparts... Read more on Audiofanzine

    Award-winning mixer Michael Brauer talks techniques, gear and more

    12-04-2018 12:36 AM
    An eight-time Grammy-award winner, engineer Michael Brauer has put his magic mixing touch on albums for Coldplay, John Mayer, and the Dave Matthews Band among many others. He is known for his unique compression technique, often referred to as “Brauerizing.” .. Read more on Audiofanzine

    Synthetic scales from tetrachords of altered modes - Part 3

    12-04-2018 01:25 AM
    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

    12-04-2018 01:25 AM
    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

    Black Friday / Cyber Monday Sales at Sweetwater

    12-04-2018 01:24 AM
    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

    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