Month: June 2013

June 26, 2013
Using The Sylenth1 Virtual Instrument Synthesizer To Make Trance Pads

I love working with virtual instruments. Today I watched a video about a VST virtual instrument, usually referred to as a VSTi, called Sylenth1. It's been around for awhile and has a reputation as one of the best sounding software synthesizers around. The Sylenth1 emulates the hardware synthesizers that people (I never had one) use […]

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June 24, 2013
Arpeggionome Pro Is A MIDI Instrument And Controller Designed For The iPad

Arpeggionome (the name is a mashup of the terms "arpeggio" and "metronome") was released as a cool music-making device for the iPad. It could not only make cool music by itself, but it could act as a MIDI controller for other iOS MIDI devices, external devices and instruments, as well as computer recoding software. Since […]

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June 20, 2013
More Virtual Drums For The iPad - Synth Drum Pads

There are several music-making apps for Apple iOS devices (iPads, iPhones, iPod Touch), and drum machines/virtual drum and percussion programs are certainly among them. I've written about a couple on this site: MIDI Step Sequencer For iPad, which is about Nord Beat, a traditional type drum machine, and something that is sort of a virtual […]

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June 18, 2013
Tips For Mixing Using Musical Function Rather Than Individual Tracks

I just read a really good article on mixing music. The focus was different from what is normally talked about when mixing. Usually you hear things like pan the bass track, the kick drum track, and the lead vocal track, to the center of the mix. Then pan the other tracks out from there to […]

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June 15, 2013
SMPTE Timecode And Synchronization

Here is an article about synchronizing recording devices so that there is a common time reference for all machines and people involved in a recording project involving either just audio, or both audio and video.  In the days of tape recording (and for those who still use tape) it was common to "stripe" the tape […]

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June 14, 2013
Compression: What Needs It And What Doesn't?

I've talked about compression quite a lot because it is an excellent, useful, and very powerful tool in your audio recording arsenal. But like anything powerful, you can also use too much. For a review of what compression is, see these Home Brew Audio Articles: Vocal Compression Using Reaper’s ReaComp Effect Plugin Improve Or Ruin […]

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June 12, 2013
Recording Vocals In a Bedroom Studio

Do you record vocals in a bedroom? Most folks who record in a home recording studio do so in a converted bedroom (or maybe not even converted - if you sleep in there too, I mean). Bedrooms are notoriously rectangular. I know, that's a profound observation , right? Well, the reason I point it out […]

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June 10, 2013
My New Vocal Compression Technique

For years I've been following the common and age-old advice for vocal compression, which is to start at about a 3:1 ratio, using a fast attack time (like 0-to-10 millseconds so little-to-none of the vocal is heard above the threshold), and medium slow release time (50-to-80 milliseconds so the notes decay naturally). Then set the […]

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June 8, 2013
Focus Control On The Blue Spark Microphones

Blue, an awesome microphone company, recently [this post was written in 2013] released a condenser microphone called the Blue Spark. Very shortly thereafter, Blue released the Blue Spark Digital, which (according to Blue) is the first studio condenser microphone that you can use as both a USB mic AND an iPad mic. The Apogee MiC […]

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June 6, 2013
Some Live Sound Tips That Are Not About Sound

I was just reading an article aimed at live-gig engineers, the folks behind the mixing board at live music shows. There are some really good tips there and if you do live PA stuff, you should check it out. But one thing I took away from it applies to folks doing recording as well. The […]

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