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Ian Shepard

Ian Shepard
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How to master your own music – the basics Can you master your own music ? Ian Shepherd I’ve worked as a professional mastering engineer for over 15 years now, and my honest opinion is that with the technology available now, the answer is “Yes”. Of course, as a mastering engineer I’d always recommend you take your music to a pro ! But I also realise that you may not want to – perhaps you want to learn how to master yourself, you may not have the budget for mastering – or maybe you even want to learn how to be a mastering engineer yourself.

Vespers Sometimes the most rewarding production tricks or techniques are the simplest ones. Certainly they are often the ones that yield the most “happy accidents,” the term I use for when experimentation yields something that rocks. Over the next while, I’m going to go through some of my go-to tricks for inspiration from unlikely sources – the often overlooked, sometimes misunderstood, always unappreciated devices in Live’s catalog. Today we’re going to kick it off with a not-so-common use of the Live’s Gate. This little guy right here: Everyone (or rather MOST people) know about Live’s sidechain input on its compressor.

Longform candid interviews with music producers and audio engineers covering mixing, mastering, recording and music production. For the past two years, I've been looking for the perfect home-studio mixer. I've been through three or four of them, each inadequate for various reasons, and sold them all. The mixer of my dreams has between 8 and 16 channels, and an interface featuring between 8 and 16 FireWire inputs and outputs. It has excellent preamps on each channel, EQ that doesn't sound like crap, and simple per-track mono compression on each channel. It's easy to track through and equally easy to mix on-or at least to send some stems to for a bit of EQ and compression. About a year ago, at the height of my mixer mania, I came across an online discussion about the Yamaha n12.

VST Plugins Adventus VSTI synthesizer is easy to use for beginner or pro synth players, you will be totaly inspired by the sound and the presets when come the time to create or play music. 6 Oscillators with Fat options. Waveforms: Saw, Sine, Triangle, Pulse, Ramp, White Noise. Equal-loudness contour ISO equal-loudness contours with frequency in Hz. An equal-loudness contour is a measure of sound pressure (dB SPL), over the frequency spectrum, for which a listener perceives a constant loudness when presented with pure steady tones. The unit of measurement for loudness levels is the phon, and is arrived at by reference to equal-loudness contours. By definition, two sine waves of differing frequencies are said to have equal-loudness level measured in phons if they are perceived as equally loud by the average young person without significant hearing impairment.

One Note Techno John Selway In the second installment of Techno Fundamentals, electronic music producer and Dubspot instructor John Selway looks at the “one note lead” idea using Ableton Live‘s Analog instrument. Commonly used in techno and other styles of electronic dance music where melody takes a backseat to rhythm, the “one note lead” is a simple yet very effective composition technique. Just in case you missed the previous tutorial, More Than A Bassline, check it out here, and do stay tuned for part three. Audio Drop-Out Nightmares… and a Happy End No updates for a long time – what happened? Almost 3 months ago I finally bought a new PC system. I also got a bunch of new software like Komplete 8 and Omnisphere. So, there was lots of installing and configuring going on. Templates to build. New sounds to check out.

How To Fix (Almost) Any Set of Audio Speakers Home Hacks Previous image Next image A multi-part series, today we are going to show you how to breathe new life into an old pair of speakers. It is a commonly held belief that the newer speakers and audio equipment get, the better they are. This is not always the case and sometimes, even when your speakers are damaged, there is sonic power left in them that modern equipment can’t match…From time to time we show you something antique that still competes with today’s technology. Facebook For Musicians: A Definitive Guide [This post by Bryan Kim (@freshbreakfast), Biz Dev master at Tracksby, originally appeared on his blog Trackswell. Thanks to Bryan for letting us re-post it here.] Facebook is the largest marketing channel for most musicians and bands.

Music Theory As of July 1, 2013 ThinkQuest has been discontinued. We would like to thank everyone for being a part of the ThinkQuest global community: Students - For your limitless creativity and innovation, which inspires us all. Teachers - For your passion in guiding students on their quest. Partners - For your unwavering support and evangelism. Troubleshoot USB dropouts / audio glitches (Windows) – Serato Support Am I getting USB dropouts? If you're getting audio glitches, clicks or dropouts, then there is a high chance you may be experiencing a USB dropout. A USB dropout may be shown by the USB dropout indicator lighting in your Serato Software however this may not always happen. What is a USB dropout?

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