May 6, 2013
These days when listeners do buy music, it’s predominantly in the form of ones and zeros on a hard drive or a broadband stream. It was just this past year that paid digital downloads finally surpassed CDs as the most popular consumer format, but to put it that way only tells part of the story.
If you poll young people today, you’re likely to find that most of them do their music listening through streaming services, and have been doing so for some time now.
May 6, 2013
Over the past few decades, the costs of recording equipment have plummeted. Today $5,000 to $10,000 in funds can allow you to assemble a recording system that might have required a half-million dollar investment in 1993.
There are some things that don’t change, however. In 2013, the most expensive parts of the recording process remain time, talent and labor. Although the costs of transducers and microprocessors may go down, the price of rent, utilities and soundproof construction will always rise.
Non-musicians are often surprised to find that despite all of our...
May 6, 2013
This is a post by associate editor Blake Madden.
In his book The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less, psychologist Barry Schwartz slaps us with a provocative theory: The modern consumer’s unlimited freedom of choice is actually a burden that leads to anxiety and unhappiness. Schwartz isn’t culling ideas from Orwell’s 1984, but from extensive research into the psychology of “want”. Think about the last time you ate at a restaurant with a textbook of a menu. How long did it take you to order? Did you change your mind a...
April 15, 2013
This is a guest post by Costa Rican musician and engineer, Bruno Cubero.
Hosts Geoff and Eli review bx_RockRack, the new amp simulator plugin from Brainworx. Join them for an in-depth audio tour of the plugin with help from guitarist Robbie “Seahag” Mangano.
How does it sound?...
A couple of weeks ago, a good friend watched her laptop’s screen in horror, as a complete stranger began uploading her entire concert from the night before onto YouTube. She hadn’t seen this unknown cameraman, filming from the middle of the audience with a shaky, low-res cell-phone camera and...
In the recording studio, you don’t always need a lot of power from a guitar amp. If anything, sometimes less is more when it comes to level, and many seasoned engineers will tell you that some of the biggest guitar sounds can come out of some of the smallest amps. Orange Tiny Terror There are...
Vibrating String Music is a rare kind of art form that is made entirely out of vibration. It’s at once both ephemeral and yet inherently physical. We will never be able to reach out and grab it in our hands, but it certainly touches us in the most literal sense of that word. If you’re feeling...