Build A Better Groove

August 25th, 2016

Rhythm is one of the most primal building blocks of our musical experience; everyone can bash out some sort of rhythm, but what makes a good groove?

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Why Pitch Is Relatively Important

April 11th, 2016

If you have a digital instrument tuner, chances are it’s working at standard concert pitch (A440) where the A above middle C is set at a frequency of 440Hz. There are some people, however, who feel this may not be the ideal system…

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Setting Up A Home Studio… Again

October 13th, 2015

Although it’s certainly possible to create an album using only a laptop and a pair of headphones, a dedicated room that you can use as a home studio is a very welcome luxury. But what are the key points to watch out for?

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Vibrating Strings

August 14th, 2015

When sound is presented in Physics terms, a tensioned string is often used to illustrate the principle of sound as vibration. Here’s a more dynamic way of presenting that very premise…

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Augmented Reality For Your Ears

July 12th, 2015

There has been a lot of focus on developing virtual and augmented reality technology over the past few years, though very much focused on visual enhancement. Now it seems we can look forward to some similar treatment for audio…

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Vocal Tracking In Ableton Live

June 18th, 2015

Ableton Live is renowned as a particularly user-friendly DAW, and it quickly attracted followers who were drawn to its extensive clip arrangement functionality. However, Live is also fully capable when it comes to recording audio from external sources…

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Synths And Strings

March 27th, 2015

Anyone with a laptop and a DAW now has access to a huge array of synthesised sounds; however, not everyone wants to use a keyboard to perform them…

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How To Make A Tie Fighter Sound

November 7th, 2014

Creating sound effects for movies is an interesting occupation, and very often these sounds are created using items or techniques that bear no obvious connection to the cinematic object they are subsequently attached to…

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Sonic Espionage Lessons

August 16th, 2014

It’s well known that sound is created by vibrations, which pass through the air until they are received by a variety of complex components in our ears, allowing us to perceive them as speech, music, noise, and so on. However, recent research shows there is more than one way to hear a cat…

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Sonic Solutions For Open Plan Offices

February 28th, 2014

The open plan office is a fairly typical workspace in modern urban centres; but is this actually the optimium sonic environment for productivity?

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