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Product Reviews Recording Items
Audio Papers Impulses Guitar School Recording Magazines
Copyright Searches Patents
Amp & Tape Sims
Some of these things just can't be easily categorized, or might have been
better off as blogs. However, the word "blog" wasn't even invented when I wrote
most of these!
Presented, for your archival enjoyment:
Whatever happened to Deluxe Paint?
Dallas' DPaint interview with the Swedish Amiga magazine AZine
Thinking about renting a U-Haul? Caveat Rentor!
Install a home generator and go off the grid.
A short essay on guitar and growing up.
University doesn't offer PPP dialup? Surf the Web using your student UNIX account.
ISP logs you off after 10 minutes of idle? Run KeepAlive 3.0 and surf with impunity! (Win '95, NT)
Back in the days of Front Page 1.0, I taught students all they needed to know in FrontPage 101
A particularly good analysys of the end run toYngwie's song Rising Force, with a tip on nomenclature.
Reading the Binaural Perception of Masking reminds me why I never pursued a PhD.
So you really want to be a star? Really? Probably not bad enough to read this article, I bet.
The ENGL 530
"Modern Rock" twin-tube rackmount preamp awaits you,
A tube pre isn't complete without a good overdrive to put in front of it. Like the MI Audio Tube Zone!
Elegant Sounds Await with the pedal-sized AMT Electronics SS-20 Tube Guitar Recording Preamp
Whet your appetite for tubey recording with this ART "Project Series" Tube Mic/Inst Preamp w/USB
Stealth Taping, or Field Recording? An early-adopter's look at the Edirol R-09 24-bit WAV/MP3 Recorder
SONAR 6 "hands on" Product Review, updated and unexpurgated - fresh from the 121st AES show
The secret's out - K-Stereo has been cloned. Get your free SHEPPi plugin here!
Coming Soon: Line6 TonePort UX8, Peavey JSX Micro Colossal, XOTiC BB Plus, Grendel Sound Dead Room, Barber Tone Press, and more!
Music In Progress, or How To Create A One Man Band.
(Some excellent books on recording here!)
Guitar Frequency EQ Chart - a handy mix visualization chart for bass & electric guitarists
The 7 Bad System Dwarves have a similar great take on describing EQ bands
...but Dave Moulton's 10-octave ISO Spectral Management EQ chart probably describes it best
...and here's Dave pontificating on exactly that, courtesy iZotope
Instrument Frequency EQ Chart - an EQ tonal reference various instruments from Computer Music magazine
...yet, this chart is interactive and pretty darn cool - worth hanging on the wall!
"Using The Equalizer Effectively" is a very interesting article with some unique thoughts regarding guitar and bass EQ.
"Digital Effects And Simulations" is a short AES article containing items of interest to analog stompbox-modeler heads.
SOS: "The Secrets of Warmth and Air" - that Drawmer 2476 Mastering Processor sounds a bit like Voxengo's GlissEQ, dunnit?
The Fractal and Kemper Wikis are a repository of guitar tips in their own right.
Why bother with audio analyzers? Can they help with bass management? (thanks to NuGen Audio)
Adding distortion or sub bass to mixes? Future Music wrote some cool articles about this which you can read here and here.
Meanwhile, props to Premiere Guitar magazine for mentioning gain-stacked overdrives in "Secrets Of Saturation"
Read what Celestion has to say about distortion in Understanding Guitar Speakers
And this article explains why even a 5W tube amp is still as loud as a trumpet.
The IFRP's ISRC Handbook is the definitive guide to understanding the ISRC codes used in CD mastering.
Kit Rae's Big Muff Circuit Guide is one cool circuit breakdown for pedal modders.
Audio compression is one of the most difficult concepts to get one's mind around, so check out this visual simulator.
Mic A, dry
Mic B, dry
Usage note: Dry impulses are in mono, wet "Air" impulses
stereo. By combining these time-aligned impulses it should be possible to generate all
in-between settings of the Rammfire "Matched Cabinet" plugin.
No details were available regarding Richard's actual (angled 4x12") cabinet or speakers used. It's unknown if these impulses also reflect Richard's Neve 1081 mic pre.
|Mic "A" Left "B" Right||Dry|
|Mic "A" (Neumann M149)||Dry||Wet|
|Mic "B" (Telefunken U47)||Dry||Wet|
|Mic Blend (center slider position)||Dry||Wet||50% Wet|
I became a paying subscriber to GuitarWar (later MusicianWar).com in 2001, contributing a number of tech articles and several dozen songs over the years as "CapnZilog" . By 2007 the community had around 300 active competitors, but since the site's opening over 1,100 people and 200 teams from all over the world have collectively participated in over 7,000 musical battles. Think of it as "American Idol" for the lead guitar set (and thanks to the great Sacramento Trek-punk band Warp11 for inspiring the logo... "McCoy's" expression just cracks me up!)
A Decibel Primer (Oct 27, 2006) Newly updated article here (PDF) How To Mentally Compute Decibels like a Friggin' Supercomputer (power dB's) Also see: "The Loudest Sound In The World Would Kill You On The Spot" Sweetwater's Understanding Signal Levels in Audio Gear (with Lynn Fuston) Stereo Spatialization For Bigger Mixes (Jun 24, 2006) [mp3] Simulating Analog Tape Flange In SONAR 5 (Jun 08, 2006) [mp3] [Also: See Craig Anderton's new technique] Recording your Guitar - Wet, or Dry? (Feb 15, 2006) Understanding Sample Rates & Wordlengths (Feb 02, 2005) Effects: Track Insert, Aux Send or Bus? (Jan 30, 2005) Far Beyond Compression (4 advanced control freaks) (Dec 16, 2004) MP3 Encoding (Sep 30, 2004) Taming The Reverb Options Monster (Aug 31, 2004) Optimized Picking, Ice Skating & Turntables (Aug 10, 2004) Cap'n Zilog's Amazing No-Tears Tab Solution (Jul 20, 2004) How Do I Record A Bass Guitar? (from TAXI - Jun 23, 2004) Your Best Bet For A #1 Song (from TAXI - Aug 21, 2003) Preserve Your Bits! (Mixing & Mastering) (Feb 25, 2003)
MusicanWar Newsletter Nov '06 (topic:
SONAR6 Producer Edition)
MusicianWar Newsletter July '06 (topic: The Jimmy Hats)
MusicianWar Newsletter Apr '03 (topic: Interview w/CapnZilog)
TapeOp (creative home & pro recording,
Audio Media (trade magazine, free digital version available)
Live Sound International (trade magazine, free digital version available)
Pro Audio Review (trade magazine, free digital version available)
Musical Merchandise Review (trade magazine, free digital version available)
Audio Technology (AU) (pro & home recording)
Computer Music (UK) (home recording)
Future Music (UK) (home recording)
Music Tech (UK) (home recording)
Sound On Sound (UK) (pro & home recording, w/Craig Anderton)
Electronic Musician (home recording, now incl. Craig Anderton's EQ)
Mix (pro studio recording)
Recording (home recording)
Virtual Instruments (just like it says)
AES Journal Online (members only, academic)
Computer Music Journal (MIT quarterly, academic)
Billboard (dot-biz. A lot
cheaper than subscribing to the magazine!)
Classic Rock Magazine (UK) (Read enough of the above and one day you might end up in here...)
Guitarist (U.K.) (Part of the MusicRadar magazine group)
Guitar Edge (digital version available)
Guitar Interactive (free, digital only)
Premiere Guitar (quality editorials & reviews, free digital version available)
The Harry Fox
Agency (physical sound recording royalties, aka 'mechanicals')
ASCAP (songwriter performance royalties)
BMI (songwriter performance royalties)
SESAC (elite songwriter performance royalties, by invitation only)
Global Music Rights (Irving Azoff's PRO, est. 2013)
Sound Exchange (songwriter and sound recording performance royalties for Satellite & Net Radio)
AllMusic.com (Grammy metadata)
U.S. Copyright Office (it all ends up here!) Also see: Is It Protected By Copyright? also see: "The Ultimate Guide to Copyright"
usisrc.org (the root of all ISRC codes)
UPC Code Lookup (what's your CD's label? You can also try here.)
CDDB Music Map: Who's Listening To What, Worldwide
Andy (Harold) Hildebrand
Anthony M. Agnello
Brent K. Butler
David M. Schwartz
David P. Rossum
Don L. Bonham
Eddie Van Halen
Eric P. Ambrosino
Henry Burnett Wallace
Jack C. Sondemeyer
Joseph M. Fontana
Kevan J. Geier
Michel Doidic & Marcus Ryle
Ole Juul Kristensen
Peavey Electronics (also here)
Randall C. Smith (also see: Mesa-Boogie)
Richard Aspen Pittman
SR&D (also here, here and a variety here)
Aiken Amplification also maintains a cool list of amp-patent links. Also, see: Hedy Lamarr & Steve Jobs's Patents
AcmeBarGig's Dual Integrated Gain
Arie Ardiansyah's Aradaz Amp
Audiffex AmpLion Free
Bootsy's TesslaSE Transformer-Coupled Saturator
BTE Audio Juicy77
DamyFX Doctor Crunch
Daniel Lind's TbT Archives (wide variety of goodies)
Ferox Vintage Tape Modeller
Fretted Synth Audio FreeAmp
Ignite Amps' The Anvil. Also, NRR-1 & TS-999 Overdrive
LePou Plugins SoloC
Nick Crow's Tube Driver (supports oversampling!)
Nick Crow's Wagner Mk. 2 Sharp
Nick Crow's 7170 & 8505 Lead
Rob Rokken Audio Roktion 808
Ronald Passion's ReChromE & ReGolD. Also see here.
Run Beer Run (strange guitar & amp FX)
Togo Audio Line TAL-Tube
TSE's X-30 ENGL 530 Simulator (try it with my E530 cab impulse, eh!)
Musicrow Preamp Emulator
Wurr Audio Engineering Little Tube Booster
Not Free, But Almost
Aegean Music AmpVision
Gallo Engineering Studio Devil
MasonSoft Dammit Distortion
Plektron (checkout IRCab & WTComp - free!)
Scuffham Amps' S-Gear
Wurr Audio Engineering Green Machine Amp II
Peavey/Alien Connections Revalver Mk. III
DIY Guitar Pedals
Line6 ToneCore Developer's Kit
Misc Cool Stuff
Antress' Modern Plugins
Audiocation.de ( cool allpass phase plug!)
Solid State Logic
Togu Audio Line
Variety Of Sound (aka Bootsy)
Christian W. Budde (analysis plugs - also see Audiolocation, above)
Terry West (EQ & compression plugs)
Mike Senior's Freeware Top 10 (SOS columnist)
some big lists of amp sims maintained by other people that you can find here and here.
("You.0", where hast thou gone? Click strips to read full-size)
Oh, how I hated that jingle
Hell hath no fury like a Dark Lord scorned
Hell Hath No Fury, Pt. 2
Hell Hath No Fury, The Conclusion
And it's probably not the first time, either...
Some of my Favorite Things can be found here, reviewed.
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