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10 Women Who Are Changing the World of Music

From instrumental performers, songwriters, and vocalists to music journalists, attorneys, and executives, women have come a long way. In this article, to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8th March 2017, I’ll show you ten influential and dynamic women across music’s global playing field.  1. Sara Clemens Stuff.co.nz article: Pandora’s Sara Clemens’ . . . Read more

Apple AirPods Explored and Explained

Apple AirPods Explored and Explained Launched on 16th September 2016, Apple’s iPhone 7 was notable for the absence of a headphone jack socket. Yes, the enclosed earphones had a Lightning connector. And, yes, included in the box was a 3.5mm to Lightning convertor lead. Also announced was Apple’s new wireless . . . Read more

Compiling a Sample Pack

What You’ll Be Creating After more than 15 years in the music making game I wanted to improve my workflow and speed of the whole music creation process. I used some techniques. I read several blogs and books. And did some thinking. Then I found an answer for my problem. . . . Read more

Music and Audio Glossary of Terms—Part 2

The modern world is full of three-letter acronyms, or TLAs, and other jargon. The world of music and audio is no different. Every given topic area has its own specific abbreviations and terminology that can, at first, be impenetrable to some. In this tutorial I attempt to demystify a few of . . . Read more

The Portable Guitarist—Amped-Up Apps

If you’ve followed this series, so far, you’ll have the hardware, interface, cabling and mounting you need to perform live with an iPad. All that’s left is to create your sounds, and for that, you need apps. Items Of Note Whilst each developer’s app is distinctive, some aspects are universal, . . . Read more

Sennheiser HD 215 Headphones Revisited

Around 2008 I wanted to buy good quality closed back headphones for several tasks and replace an older, cheaper pair.  After testing a number of other brands, and models, I chose the Sennheiser HD 215 for listening and making music. At the time I couldn’t hear the determinable difference between a . . . Read more

Automation in Mastering: Volume and Beyond

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to enhance completed mixes through applying various automation techniques when mastering.  I’ll look at the potential pros and cons of the techniques and why you might want to employ one technique over another. Automation can be described as movement of a parameter, for . . . Read more

Choosing the Right DJ Controller

DJs and music producers, you have a plethora of options when it comes to hardware that can interface with a computer to create new music, as well as to mix and remix existing songs.  There are many types of controllers that you connect to a computer via USB. These controllers . . . Read more

Making Sounds With Ragnarök

What You’ll Be Creating About the Synth Ragnarök is a VST synth if a custom made synthesizer from the eighties. The code is written in C++ code for high performance. The plugin is a collaboration between Hans Peter, for concept, graphics, user manual, and Björn Arlt for programming. Overview of . . . Read more