Each week Audiotuts brings you an article to give you a change of pace from our tutorials. The articles cover a range of music-related topics to inspire, inform and educate you. Here are the most popular articles of 2009.
47 Sites Every Recording Musician Should Visit
In a recent “Open Mic” we asked you, “Which music-related sites do you visit regularly?” This article is a summary of the great suggestions given in the comments to that article. You can make the list even longer by commenting on this article.
14 Sites That Help You Practice Music More Effectively
I admit it. I’m at a low point when it comes to practicing music. It’s not that I never practice – I just don’t practice enough to be consciously improving. It hasn’t always been that way. I can point to a number of very effective periods in my musical life where the right practice has led to quantum leaps in my playing. During those times I spent at least an hour practicing every day (sometimes more), had a focus each week on what I wanted to get good at, but didn’t spend all of my time just focusing on that one thing. I divided my time between theory, warm-ups, scales and licks, and practicing other things I’d learned over the previous months.
11 Soft Synths to Add to Your Rack
Synthesizers are amazing instruments. I used to love watching videos of Vangelis, Rick Wakeman, Keith Emerson and Jean Michel Jarre play their racks of synths in the 70s and 80s. Their arms would jump from keyboard to keyboard with practiced precision, their fingers hitting buttons, moving sliders and changing patches between phrases.
20 Ways to Keep Evolving as a Musician
I started to learn to play music properly when I was twenty. I bought the books, practiced for an hour or two a day, and got some lessons. I could often sense my progress, but not always. There was something new to learn each day, and from time to time I could tell my playing jumped up to the next level. But that was over half a lifetime ago, and though music has always been an important part of my life since then, I haven’t always had the time to play regularly.
Is the Public Capable of Recognizing Quality Music?
Can the average music listener recognize quality? Can they distinguish a virtuoso from a mediocre musician? Can they recognize a “hit” that will still be esteemed a masterpiece in a hundred years? Does “popular” mean the same as “quality”?
36 Audio Interfaces Under $1000
Most home studios today are centered around a personal computer. (And yes – despite what the ad says, a Mac is a personal computer too.) An audio interface is the audio gateway from the outside world into your computer. Most computers come with a sound card with line and mic inputs, and many people use these when starting out with audio recording. But if you are serious about the quality of your work, you should avoid them. They have inferior audio to digital converters, and often produce a good deal of noise. You need to choose a professional audio interface that allows you to plug in your mics and instruments, and connects to your computer through a USB, Firewire, PCI or PCMCIA interface.
Top 10 Places to Buy Music
The Internet is changing the world, and has opened up new ways to distribute music, and new places to get it. We recently asked you where you buy your music, and this article wraps up your answers. It summarizes the “hive mind” of Audiotuts+ readers on the best places to buy purchase music today.
Top 8 Songs about Climate Change
“Climate change is now widely recognized as the major environmental problem facing the globe.” (UNEP) Global warming and climate change are an important and controversial topics. They have raised strong feelings on both sides of the debate. Where do you stand?
Will Online Music Production Ever Take Off?
I spend more of my time working online every year. I communicate through Gmail, Twitter and Facebook online. I write documents and balance spreadsheets online. I take notes and highlight important information online. I keep my appointments, tasks and contacts lists online. And I can access them from any computer I happen to be using – as long as it’s online. Will I ever be able to do that when producing music?
8 Reasons MIDI is Still Alive and Kicking
“Is MIDI dead?” The question seems to be echoed from forum to forum. MIDI was invented in the early 80s just after I got into music. Back then keyboards were primitive, the personal computer had just been invented, and 640K was enough RAM for anyone. MIDI was a solution that fit like a glove in that world. You might be surprised people are still using it today. And yet it seems that MIDI is everywhere you look in music recording. We use it in ways that the original engineers never dreamed of or intended, and it looks like MIDI is here to stay. Even if you’re part of the “I don’t do MIDI sequencing – I’m a real musician” club, MIDI may still form a key part of your setup.