“Musical medicine”
The healing effects of music on living organisms have been seen since the dawn of civilization. The first to appreciate the therapeutic effect of the sounds of Pythagoras. By the…

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About working with the stave at Cakewalk
In Cakewalk, the Staff instrument is one of the most convenient and important means of creating a melody. For musicians using classical musical notes, guitarists accustomed to the guitar fretboard…

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Frequencies to Remember
Classically, the sound spectrum is divided into three parts: low, medium and high frequencies. The frequency limits, although not everyone agrees with this, can be defined as follows: low from…

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cyclic processes

The nature of the sound of tube amplifiers

Exciter (from the English Exciter), also called harmonic exciter (harmonic exciter), psychoacoustic processor (psychoacoustic processor), enhancer (enhancer) and acoustic exciter (aural exciter) – this is a processing device used for the harmonious synthesis of high-frequency signals, using thin harmonic distortion.

This harmonic synthesis consists in creating higher harmonics based on lower signal frequencies. Typically, noise is present in different frequency bands in unequal amounts, and harmonics obtained from a clean frequency band will be clearer. Less commonly, exciters (enhancers) are used to synthesize low-frequency harmonics in order to simulate deep bass.

Initially, exciters were made on the basis of tube amplifiers, but now they exist in the form of digital processors.

Exciters and enhancers are used to change the tonal qualities of sound. But, unlike the equalizer, which Continue reading

Why do you need compression

Of all the processes used in the production of modern music, signal compression is perhaps the most difficult to perceive. This is primarily due to the fact that often the result of processing the sound by the compressor is barely audible – especially for beginners. Another difficulty lies in the number of variable compressor parameters: they are not as few as it might seem, and besides, changing each of them does not always lead to obvious results. The fact that these parameters are interconnected only significantly complicates the situation. And finally, an ordinary sound engineer can simply bewilder the amazing variety of types and models of compressors – he will have to rack his brains about choosing the right device before proceeding with his direct duties. Here is the trivial example for you: suppose you need to compress the record to hell. Which is better to choose? A compressor based on VCA (Voltage Control Amplifier), or based on an optoelectrical element? Transistor or tube (or maybe a hybrid of both)? Analogue or digital? A hardware compressor, or limited to a program that performs its functions? And so on and so forth. With so many options available, it is not surprising that compressors and compression are still a mystery to many users. However, if you decide to achieve some success in recording and Continue reading

Which track is better. New or good old?

In her famous quote, the great Coco Chanel wanted to say that there are hobbies that capture the minds of society in a wave, but then quickly fade away. But there is something eternal that forever remains in the souls of people and what each trend is guided by. This phrase fits perfectly with our article on trends in the world of electronic music.

Essentially speaking, we wondered what the DJ would choose: the freshest track, which is likely to become a hit, but the DJ himself evaluates it for a “three” or a time-tested musical composition?

DJs took part in our mini-study: Sergey Shevtsov, Pasha Koreets, Kolya, Losev, Lapsky, Denis Che, Lvov, etc. Continue reading

Romance
“Music is the soul of poetry, it clarifies and opens it. It makes the poetic word deeper in meaning and easier to perceive. The spirit of music in the emotional…

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Romance
“Music is the soul of poetry, it clarifies and opens it. It makes the poetic word deeper in meaning and easier to perceive. The spirit of music in the emotional…

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What is maximizer and why
Maximizer (digital peak limiter) is a dynamic processing device that increases the level of the audio signal during mastering. Sometimes other types of devices are called maximizers, for example, psychoacoustic…

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About mechanical sound recording
A mechanical sound recording is based on cutting (or extruding) grooves in the material of a recording medium using a sound recording device — a recorder. When playing along the…

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