In keeping with his South Yorkshire roots, this month's column returns to one of our Editor In Chief's favourite themes, which might best be described as fiscal restraint — or perhaps audio austerity...
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"I love the fact that recording and production has become so cheap."
We examine the production of some recent hits to help you brush up on your listening skills.
"Tracks in the context of an album can have a totally different effect in comparison to hearing those tracks in isolation..."
Over 10 years ago I started a leader column by saying: "The cold reality is that the musical hardware and software available...
With another NAMM show over, our esteemed Editor-In-Chief shares his thoughts on emerging trends...
"With its unique voice and rich timbre, the acoustic guitar in the hands of a creative mind has unlimited possibilities."
Musical creativity can be inspired by many different things, but our Editor In Chief finds that picking up an instrument he wouldn't normally play can stimulate new ideas...
We examine the production of some recent hit records to help you brush up your listening skills.
"It's a harrowing journey trying to turn a cube-shaped room in an apartment building into a listening room suitable for mixing a quality record."
"I have resisted the explosion in modular, monosynths, polysynths and gizmos... because of the lack of focus they inflict."
We examine the production of some recent hits from: Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B • Clean Bandit feat. Julia Michaels • Drake • Classic Mix: Bryan Adams '(Everything I Do) I Do It For You' (1991).
How does the manufacturer of a DAW, plug-in or app go about setting a pricefor that software?
Hone your listening skills, as we dissect more hits from a recording and production perspective. This month: Freya Ridings, Marshmello (feat. Bastille), Ella Mai, and our classic mix is Aretha Franklin ‘I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)’ (1967).
Although Macs are simply wonderful when they are working properly, on a bad day they can be just as frustrating as their counterparts...
“I’ve loved standalone sequenced synths and grooveboxes since coming late to the Roland MC202 and Korg’s Electribes. But the computer always seemed the way forward...”
Can you honestly say that you use all — or even most — of the features that appear in your DAW’s drop-down menus?
Brush up on your listening skills, as we dissect more hits from a recording and production perspective. This month: Mabel, Big Shaq, Eminem (feat. Joyner Lucas) and our classic mix is Petula Clark 'Downtown' (1965).
“...in a big band arrangement the goal is not simply to play the song with a big band, it’s to imagine something unique with it.”