Many may rightly argue that the great advantage of sampled, electronic drums is that they don’t force you to use ‘realistic’ rhythmic patterns or drum sounds. Most dance music, for example, is created using incredibly fast, accurate patterns and sounds that have only the most superficial relation to something that can be reproduced by hitting a stretched drum skin with a wooden drumstick. The ability to create rhythms by programming, layer by layer and step by step, of course, offers great scope for imagination and freedom from technical and sound restrictions imposed when it is necessary to play and record a real drummer.
However, it happens that the sound and feeling of a real drum part is required, and circumstances – time, place, lack of funds or lack of a drummer – force people who themselves do not play the drums to “rattle” something in the sequencer. And, although the sequencer part will never be a perfect imitation, there are many things you can do to make it seem more convincing. Continue reading
In recent years, technologies in the field of creating spatio-temporal effects have improved significantly, and we can talk about significant progress in this area. We owe this progress to scientific research in the field of acoustics and psychoacoustics, the development of new methods for synthesizing sound space and new reverb algorithms.
Reverb (from the Latin word re-verberatus, “re-strike”) is the process of continuing sounding after the end of a sound pulse or oscillation, due to reflections of sound waves from surfaces. Therefore, reverberation takes place only in enclosed spaces, although under special conditions some of its types can also occur in half-open space (for example, in a stadium, city square, narrow mountain gorge, etc.). We can justifiably attribute to indoor spaces such a natural formation as a cave – that’s where the reverb is so reverb! Continue reading
Which musician did not encounter the problem of choosing a microphone ‘Often, when they come to the store, most of them simply don’t know what their microphone should be like. Why is a capacitor better or worse than a dynamic one, in which cases to take the “eight”, and in which cases – the usual cardioid, and so on … Eyes run wide, and as a result of the huge assortment the choice falls on anything, but not what really necessary. But actuallychoosing a microphone is not so difficult. Walking through the windows, you should mainly pay attention to only three points – type, orientation and frequency range – in case you select a microphone for a specific instrument or voice.
Suppose you have decided on a frequency range, since today there are many universal microphones that can work well with a large number of different tones. Now let’s find out which type of microphone is most suitable for your working environment. There are two types of microphones used today – dynamic and Continue reading