Your First Song: From Idea to Production

Its always exciting to hit upon a song idea which can be the next big sensation. But translating that idea into a song or an album can be a daunting task, especially if music production is new for you. In this article we will demystify the process of creating songs from scratch. Read more »

10 Great Tips For Better Home & DIY Recordings

1. Start with some good gear
A good microphone coupled with a good audio interface is the very foundation of a good recording. You don’t need a $1000 mic, but a decent microphone will do the job. The audio interface needs to have clear preamps and introduce minimal noise in the recordings. Your recording software needs to be good, so that there are no latency issues. Take some time to know your gear well before starting to record. Read more »

Psychoacoustics: The Power of Sound

Every day, we hear a wide variety of sounds and noises that our brains must process for us so that we can make sense out of them. Some of these noises can be pleasant and others can be jarring. A nice piece of classical music can be soothing, but if your dog starts barking in your ears, then you might lose that soothing feeling. Psychoacoustics is basically the study of these psychological and physiological interactions with sound. Obviously, the way a sonata makes us feel is entirely different than the way Rover’s yap makes us feel. Read more »

What is Audio Editing?

When you think of audio editing, what exactly do you come up with? Most often, when we think of editing, we often don’t think of music or audio. In fact, it’s more common to think of writing in relation to editing in many cases. In reality, audio editing is a lot like editing a written document. Things are deleted, replaced, cut, copied, and pasted just like they would be in an essay or a novel. Only, instead of manipulating words, you are manipulating sounds. So, the answer to the question, “What is audio editing?” is that it is a way to edit, shorten, or otherwise shift a piece of music or spoken audio to make it ideal for either listening or viewing pleasure. Read more »

Choosing The Right Mic Preamps

A microphone preamplifier (or mic preamp) is one of the many things you’ll need to equip yourself with before recording anything with a microphone. To put it simply, A Mic preamp amplifies the weak signal coming from the microphone and boosts it to line level, so the audio can be recorded onto your recording device. The sounds you record via the microphone won’t be distorted and will be loud enough to register on most recording devices. Read more »

What Is Sound Design

Sound design is the process of recording, acquiring, manipulating or generating audio elements. It is employed in a variety of disciplines including filmmaking, television production, theatre, sound recording and reproduction, live performance, sound art, post-production and video game software development. Sound design most commonly involves the manipulation of previously composed or recorded audio, such as music and sound effects. In some instances it may also involve the composition or recording of audio to create a desired effect or mood. Read more »

Best Bass Recording techniques

Bass is an extremely important component of a song as it lends the right kind of feel to the rhythm. A warm, solid sounding bass not only adds the required punch and groove, it also makes the rhythm section stand out. There is no one way or a right way to record bass. On the contrary, there are plenty of ways to record bass sound in a song. Recording techniques depend on personal preferences and tastes. While some people may prefer to record the bass directly for a professional sound effect, others might like to record the base indirectly as they may like the sound better. Read more »

Noise Types and Colors

In this article we will have a look at some interesting and unknown aspects of noise. Noise is a random signal that accompanies not only sound, but also current, voltage, data etc. Therefore, noise is not merely an acoustic phenomenon but the fluctuation in a system as a result of internal or external sources. Noise could be static that can be heard on the radio or the white noise when there is no signal on the television. Read more »

What is an Audio Interface

Audio interfaces have evolved tremendously over time and now you can buy a quality one for just a few hundreds bucks. An audio interface allows you to record sounds from instruments, vocals or any other external source into your system.

USB Audio Interface

The audio interface converts these external sounds (analog data) into the required digital format as it records, by acting as the bridge between analog and digital data. The audio interface also performs the task of returning the sound from your computer, back to your speakers.

There is a plethora of audio interfaces available on the market today with a host of features such as line inputs, mic preamps, etc. Depending upon the input options, features and quality, these audio interfaces are available at prices that range from a few hundred to several thousands of dollars.

Why do you need a separate audio interface?

You must be thinking ‘why should I use a separate audio interface when my computer system has an in-built one’. Unfortunately, the audio card that comes with your computer is not capable of performing high quality digital sound conversion. As they don’t have high quality converters, they do not have the headroom or the power to maintain signal integrity. They are good for listening to music or gaming but suffer from defects such as excessive latency and poor quality apart from recording limitations. You cannot record more than one Microphone on these, plus the recording quality will be very substandard. Read more »

Best DAW or Digital Audio Workstation

What is a DAW?

A Digital Audio Workstation, abbreviated as DAW, is a comprehensive system which helps in audio recording, editing and play back. DAWs are classified into ones ranging from basic single-track sound editors to advanced multi-track editors.

Pro Tools DAW

Pro Tools DAW

When we use the word DAW in modern times, it means an audio editing software that works on a computer in sync with sound interface hardware. Modern day DAW makes the process of recoding, mixing and mastering digital sound almost effortless. A Contemporary Digital Audio Workstation primarily has three components:

1. Computer: A computer connects the sound card(audio interface) and audio software. It also provides the necessary power for all audio related process like editing, recording and mixing. Read more »