A few days ago, my Sixtrack started to act up. So what to do? Maybe get a recplacement? So two things caught my attention. Korg’s Minilogue and the Dreadbox Abyss. Both four-voice polyphonic analogue things. So I went to a music store and played them. A Superficial Review? I didn’t read any manual, nor did […]Read more "Superficial Review: Dreadbox Abyss, Korg Minilogue"
Right now, I’m making up my mind how to assemble the last few steps in the signal chain for More than Moore, my album project with an all-analogue signal chain. Of course, there’s a recorder (analogue) somewhere, and typically you’ll also have some kind of dynamic processing and equalization on the bus coming out of […]Read more "Case Study: “Last Mile” in the Analogue Signal Chain"
If you have ever used a medium- to large-sized audio mixer, or an audio mixer in a DAW, you know the thing: There’s a button, usually with the symbol like Ø. The manual usually tells you (in more or less detail) that it does something like “phase reversal”. You typically use it in situations where […]Read more "Audio Engineering Myths: Phase Reversal"
In frequency modulation, you modulate the frequency of a signal. In amplitude modulation, you modulate the amplitue of a signal. So in ring modulation, you modulate the ring of a signal? What is that? This sounds like hokum.Read more "Audio Engineering Myths: “Ring Modulation”"
In my recent review of the Behringer VD400 analogue delay, I already mentioned the Ibanez ES2 Echo Shifter. At slightly below 130 bucks, it’s the cheapest one-second analogue delay in the market today. By a margin. I decided to get it. Appearance, Package, Connections The ES2 comes together with a small kinda-manual (multi-language folded paper) […]Read more "Review: Ibanez ES2 Echo Shifter"
So I wanted to make a synth velocity-sensitive. More specifically, an analogue synth, and retain a fully analogue audio signal chain (because I have a project in mind for which that is important). In my setup there’s two analogue synths which I had in mind for that project: the Arturia MiniBrute, and the Korg Volca […]Read more "Making a Synth velocity-sensitive"
The delay. One of the most important effects in any musician’s or mixing engineer’s toolbox – in fact, signal theory has it that it’s one of only two basic ones (the other being nonlinear dynamics). Leaving non-manmade implementations aside, there have been three important technological implementations through the years: tape echoes, bucket brigade delays (BBD, […]Read more "Review: Behringer VD400 Analog Delay"
André LaFosse made me aware of those – Airwindows plugins, which do, as Chris, the man behind them, puts it, do “handsewn bespoke digital audio”. Those (effects – AU, and for quite some time now, Win and Mac VST2 32/64) plugins are somewhat different. The GUI is very minimalistic: sliders from left to right in […]Read more "Review: “ToTape5” and “Air” (by Airwindows)"
The christmas season does have advantages – like receiving gifts which, in the best case, are a Korg Volca Kick. This latest offering in Korg’s highly interesting Volca series of small, low-priced synthesizers, follows suit on the Beats, Bass, Keys, Sample and FM. “Kick”, so that means it can only do kick sounds, making it […]Read more "A New Synth – Korg Volca Kick"
Starting with version 9, Steinberg has discontinued the 32bit versions for their main DAW product line “Cubase”.
Read on what that means for me – and for Cubase users in general.Read more "Cubase breaks the 32bit barrier – and doesn’t look back."