Another important topic in your music production is the stereo image of your track. Nobody likes muddy sound. We're all probably working towards a transparent sound where every detail can be heard in the room. But how do you ensure that every element in the mix finds its place and isn't masked by others? What's the difference between Balance and Pan? In the following article we'll look at how panning can clean up your production and take it to the next level. The basics will be clarified using the spatial division of common tracks in the mix and you will get some helpful tips and tricks for your audio production.
After having dealt with dynamics and compression in the last article, we now want to turn to another big topic in audio editing and production: equalization. Not only the bedroom or professional music producer knows about the term equalizer as a tool for audio editing in recording, mixing and mastering. Even far away from the sound studio, we encounter EQs in everyday life, for example in the home hi-fi system, in the car radio, or in the smartphone. In this article I'll introduce you to the two big equalizer types, the graphical EQ and the parametric EQ. Let's look at the most important parameters: frequency, gain and bandwith control (Q). I'll also introduce you to the different filter types and settings - peak EQ, high-pass, low-pass, high-shelf and low-shelf - and give you a few tips for your productions.
In this article we are dedicated to the fabled theme of compression. You may not know every peculiarity of a particular compressor plug-in or a hardware compressor at first glance. However, attentive reading will help you to understand the application and basic operation of a compressor and its influence on dynamics. We show you the most common parameters of the compressor: threshold, ratio, attack, release, knee and output gain. In addition, we provide an overview of the various compressor variants, the tube compressor, the optical compressor, the VCA compressor and the FET compressor.