Entries by eddie

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iZotope Neutron Elements

iZotope Neutron Elements – $129 As with all my existing and future reviews I will only be reviewing what I use and in practice and I will keep all reviews as working reviews and not an epic encyclopedia of opinions. I will leave that to the magazines and e-zine sites. This month I am going […]

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Reason Tips and Tricks – Subtractor Sound Design

A basic guide into how Reason’s Subtractor works. Let us start with the sound generation engine of Subtractor. These are the oscillators. Subtractor has 2 oscillators. Each one has 32 waveforms but you only need to concern yourself with the basic 4 waveforms as these are your raw waveforms and the balance of the waveforms […]

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Distortion (harmonic)

When we talk about distortion the image, invariably, conjured up is that of a guitarist thrashing his guitar with acres of overdrive. In this chapter I am more interested in covering harmonic and non harmonic distortion in subtle ways using non linear systems rather than using a specific overdriven effect like guitar distortion or a […]

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Low End – Frequencies

Whenever I have been called into a studio to assist a producer in managing frequencies for pre mastering I have always been surprised at the fact that people seem to want to attribute a frequency range for the low end of a track. Every track has its own qualities and criteria that need addressing based […]

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The Nod – How to tell if your track is Banging!

What defines a good beat? Well, there is a term we use quite extensively when describing the overall ‘drive’ element of a track: ‘The Nod’. If you can nod to the rhythm of a song, then the beat works. The Nod actually refers to the flow of the beat, and the drive element constitutes the […]

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Understanding Speaker Placement

Preparing the Listening Environment I do not want to get into serious sound reinforcement or acoustic treatment here, for the very simple reason that it is a vast subject and one that is so subjective, that even pros debate it all day, with differing views. I also believe that every room has it’s own unique […]

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Mixing to Pink Noise – why?

I am often asked why I teach my students how to mix to a pink noise profile, be it at the channel stage, or pre master prepping. The answer is simple: ‘the most important aspect of production is the understanding and management of relative levels.’ When I first began this wonderful and insane journey into […]

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Fiona Joy Hawkins – Synchronicity

Fiona Joy Hawkins New Age music has always been a ‘go to’ solution for relaxing and unwinding but in the past decade it has become a mainstream genre in its own right attaining a more acceptable and professional moniker ‘Contemporary Instrumental Genre’. The technical aspects behind the production of this genre are both interesting and […]