How Compression Affects the Timbre of a Sound

How Compression Affects the Timbre of a Sound:

“Your signal processing chain (that is, the order of your plugins on each track) will most likely reflect the order in which you address different aspects of your mix. In this process you may have experimented with the order of two specific tools, the compressor and EQ. Does one necessarily affect the other?”

Prosound Network: DAW Migration: Pros Consider PT Alternatives

Prosound Network: DAW Migration: Pros Consider PT Alternatives: “Especially amongst professional power users, Pro Tools (PT) is the market-leading digital audio workstation (DAW) without a doubt. However, in recent years, a number of factors have prompted some stalwart PT-based pros to reconsider their unofficial alliances with the Avid (formerly Digidesign) recording suite. Here, we share insight from a cross-section of established professionals in the midst of a DAW migration, considering DAWs from pro audio firms including Apple, Cakewalk, Harrison, MOTU, PreSonus and Steinberg.

Software hegemony has been on my mind in several arenas lately. This article just continues to make me consider such things.

How Music Got Free: the end of an industry, the turn of the century, and the patient zero of piracy

I recently finished reading How Music Got Free: the end of an industry, the turn of the century, and the patient zero of piracy by Stephen Witt (Penguin Random House).

It is a compelling account of the end of the era of major label largess told through the concurrent tales of a label executive, technology innovator, and early pirate. It doesn’t offer answers to the industry’s current problems, but it does help explain how we ended up where we are. Witt is a skilled story teller and it is an enjoyable read. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the inner workings of the music industry, and related technology.

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ISIM 2015

Here is a zip file that contain pdfs of the slides from my presentation at ISIM 2015. It also includes the Max patches for the instruments I demonstrated during the presentation. The instruments have no documentation with them, so feel free to contact me at jvalbert@loyno.edu if you need info.

Complete package of ISIM 2015 files here.