• Music,  Plugins

    What is a Flanger?

    The flanging effect mixes two identical audio signals. It applies a slight delay to one signal and continuously varies the delay time. Flanging combines two identical audio waveforms with a time delay between them. This then makes an interference pattern where the volume level of some frequencies are reduced. Meanwhile, the volume of other frequencies are increased. Visually this appears as a series of peaks and notches like a comb. They call this “comb filtering”. Since the delay time is being continuously varied, we get a swept comb filter. We hear the continuous change in the timbre that we recognize as flanging.

  • Music

    What is the best DAW for Beginners?

    Are you a beginner at sound engineering? When I was first starting out with audio engineering I had a tough time figuring which DAW or Digital Workstation to begin with. The main thing to think about when picking a DAW is what you’re going to use it for. Workstations are different because they all have their specialties. So before you ask yourself what is the best workstation for you, you should ask yourself what you’re going to use it for. There are DAWs good with live sessions such as Pro Tools. Then you have some that are better with music production such as FL Studio.

  • Music

    What is a DAW? (Digital Workstation)

    You might be new to the audio engineering world and are like, what is a DAW? A DAW or Digital Audio Workstation is a program used for editing, mixing, and mastering audio files. In today’s world, there are multiple types of DAWs available for all the different types of operating systems there are out there. Just to name a few, you have Cubase, Fl Studio, Logic, and Pro Tools. DAWs are totally dependent on the user and the task. There’s a workstation like FL Studio that isn’t as capable when it comes to using audio files and working live performances. However, then you have Pro Tools that is capable of…

  • Mastering,  Mixing,  Music

    What are Odd-order Harmonics?

    Harmonic distortion is where the output of the audio signal has added more components that occur naturally to the signal on the input. This sometimes happens symmetrically. Therefore, this produces Odd-order Harmonic Distortion at the third and fifth harmonics. This isn’t a pleasant sound for most. However, they do have their uses and can be important parts of a mix if used correctly.

  • Music,  Plugins

    What is Audio Saturation?

    Have you ever wondered what Saturation was? You might have seen it in a plugin somewhere and didn’t quite understand what you were looking at. Digital saturation gives audio signals the analog sound it needs. This means it distorts sound signals to make them sound as if they’ve been recorded through tapes, amps, tubes, and other different audio equipment. Types of Saturation Tape Saturation So what is Tape Saturation? Tape Saturation is when audio sounds as if it was recorded through a tape machine. It introduces harmonics, subtle compression, and shifts in frequency. Tape saturation also creates a small boost in the lows, rolling off some high-end frequencies and. It…

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