These days, it’s not just studio engineers and audio professionals who need frequency ear training. Every musician who’s recording their own music must understand EQ and recognise frequencies by ear to make sure their tracks sound great. The best place to...
Do some audio frequency ear training and you’ll find it easier to mix percussion, choose the perfect drum kits for your tracks, and adjust their EQ in the mix.
The human hearing range is generally taken as being 20 Hertz to 20kHz, and so musicians might wonder: How many octaves is that? The answer: 10. Sound frequency doubles with each octave, so if we start from the lowest audible C note, “C0”, that’s at...
In the Open Your Ears series we cover a wide range of music: from opera to electronica, from Björk to Tuvan throat singing. (seriously, if you haven’t heard about throat singing, you’re missing out!) But if you want to have your mind blown away minute-by-minute...
A muddy sound can absolutely ruin a mix. But with the right kind of audio ear training and some tips and tricks, you can take your mix from average to awesome.
A different perspective on playing by ear this week: music production. We welcome guest expert Mark Spacey of music production site dancemidisamples.com! When you produce music for a living, you always have to keep the grand design in mind. The big picture is made up...
Want to learn how to make free sound effects using the tools in your home studio? Look no further! Find out here and train your ears for sound effects.
In this, the concluding part of our series on the genius Les Paul, we are going to be looking at his contribution to the world of effects. For a modern guitarist, effects pedals are an integral part of their sound. There are a dizzying array of boxes available to feed...
In episode 6 of the Bass Tone podcast, Bass FX Part 2, Nick Long explores some more unusual effects you can add to your bass tone. You’ll learn:
• What modulation effects are and how they work
• The Chorus and Flanger effects and how they impact your tone
• The sound of Wah-Wah effects, and why they combine well with distortion effects
• Pitch-shifter effects (including octaver effects)
Last time we talked about Les Paul’s role as the father of the electric guitar. Nobody can question the significance of his innovations there, but that was far from the limit of his contribution to modern music. Next up we’ll be learning about the part he...
Learn all about audio effects for bass guitar, including modulation, octave, pitch shift, wah-wah, chorus and flanger/phaser. How to hear them and why to learn.
In episode 5 of the Bass Tone podcast, Bass FX Part 1, Nick Long covers the most frequently used audio effects for the bass guitar. You’ll learn all about:
• Equalization (EQ), the cornerstone of a good effects chain
• Compression and Limiting to even out playing dynamics
• Multiband Compression
• Distortion, Overdrive and Fuzz Effects