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”"
Perhaps the most ill-used term in audio technology, be it home entertainment, studio technology, or even musicians’ effects, is the term of “linearity”. This article talks about the scientific definition, what consequences it has, and what in our world is typically desired to be linear and what is not. And finally, what those other things are really called. Explanation of time-invariance is included for bonus.Read more "Audio Engineering Myths: “Linearity”"
Working on the last stretch of “oscillator theory”, I was once again reminded of an old audio engineering mastering: to make something apparently louder, it’s often best to turn something else down.Read more "Mixing and Mastering: Why not try to turn something down?"