Tag: Audio

  • 10 of the Most Interesting Field Recordists Working Across Aesthetic Boundaries

    10 of the Most Interesting Field Recordists Working Across Aesthetic Boundaries

    + Welcome to Soundfly! We help curious musicians meet their goals with creative online courses. Whatever you want to learn, whenever you need to learn it. Subscribe now to start learning on the ’Fly. The roots of field recording go all the way back to early 1900s when pioneer musicologist John Lomax began recording cowboy songs in Texas. His son Alan…

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  • Bernie Krause on Preserving the Voices of the Wilderness Before They Disappear Forever

    Bernie Krause on Preserving the Voices of the Wilderness Before They Disappear Forever

    *Editor’s Note: I interviewed Bernie Krause for BESIDE Magazine’s second issue exactly a year ago, and it has become dramatically evident that a lot has changed since we last spoke. In preparing for this repost, we contacted Krause to request his permission to run this piece and his response floored us, sending uncontrollable tears down my face…

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  • How and Why You Should Use a Reference Track During Mixing

    How and Why You Should Use a Reference Track During Mixing

    + Welcome to Soundfly! We help curious musicians meet their goals with creative online courses. Whatever you want to learn, whenever you need to learn it. Subscribe now to start learning on the ’Fly. Arguably one of the most important skills in mixing audio is the ability to listen. Listening to what others have done with their songs specifically and being able…

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  • WTF Is VR and Spatial Audio? Mixing for 360 Audio

    WTF Is VR and Spatial Audio? Mixing for 360 Audio

    The term “virtual reality” always reminds me of some cheesy ’80s or ’90s movie that involved chunky headsets and dreamed of a future with flying cars and household robots doing everyday chores. The actual reality is that we have self-driving cars (thanks, Tesla), household robots to whom we can ask questions, (“Alexa, stream Total Recall”), and…

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  • The Beginner’s Guide to Setting Up a Home Studio: Recording Interfaces

    The Beginner’s Guide to Setting Up a Home Studio: Recording Interfaces

    Audio interfaces are pieces of hardware that can act as both sound inputs for recording into your computer, like a mixing desk in a studio and as your sound output when performing and processing digital sounds live. For the purposes of this article, we’re only going to be dealing with their recording function since anybody recording…

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  • Using Velocity to Improve the “Humanness” of Your MIDI Strings

    Using Velocity to Improve the “Humanness” of Your MIDI Strings

    If you’re always looking for ways to make your MIDI strings sound more real, tweaking the velocity could be just the thing you’re missing.

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  • (Artificial) Space Is the Place: A Reverb Technology Primer

    (Artificial) Space Is the Place: A Reverb Technology Primer

    + Welcome to Soundfly! We help curious musicians meet their goals with creative online courses. Whatever you want to learn, whenever you need to learn it. Subscribe now to start learning on the ’Fly. If you’ve sung even a single note in a large concrete stairwell, you likely know how flattering and interesting reverberation can be. The desire to artificially add…

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  • The Beginner’s Guide to Setting Up a Home Studio: Choosing the Right Monitors

    The Beginner’s Guide to Setting Up a Home Studio: Choosing the Right Monitors

    + Learning to record and mix at home? Check out Soundfly’s acclaimed online courses on mixing, production, and beat making — Subscribe for unlimited access. If you’ve ever tried mixing something you recorded at home on computer speakers, your stereo speakers, or even headphones, you know that it’s nearly impossible to get a great, objective sense…

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  • Squeeze to Please: The Basics of Compression in Audio

    Squeeze to Please: The Basics of Compression in Audio

    The beautiful, complex, and strange historical relationship between sound recording and music has changed a lot over the past century. Composition, performance, and audio capture, once relatively discrete disciplines, are now more often treated as one big, amorphous, creative process. But even though recording and mixing tasks have been increasingly wrested away from specialists, these…

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  • 5 Top Wireless Headsets for the On-the-Go Music Lover

    5 Top Wireless Headsets for the On-the-Go Music Lover

    With Apple having recently done away with their headphone jack, wireless headphones are popping up everywhere! Here are a few of our faves.

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Elijah Fox at the piano