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Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

Now it's the time :)

Happy New Year, dear subscribers!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Vocal recording tips and tricks

Hi again!

Today we gonna discuss vox recording.
There are lot of ways and techniques to record vocals. But here I'm gonna give you some advices for recording at all.

1) Think about genre. Do you prefer aggressive singing or yells? If you do then you should use dynamic microphone (firstly for home recording, there are lot of possibilities in studio). It's very hard to overloud this type of microphone. If you want to sing calm and intimate songs then it's better to use condenser microphone because it catches all nuances of your voice. But this type of microphones needs phantom power (+48 V) Take care about it.
2) Distance. There are two important rules at all:
  • 1. If you want your vox to stay close to listener in your mix then sing closer to microphone. But try to avoid loud "p" and "sss" sounds.
  • 2. If you want to make "wide vox" feeling thут try to stay a bit further from your mic (15-35 cm, individually). And sing loud :)
  • 3. Plan the volume of your vocal passages. Stay close when you sing quietly and lean back when you want to shout. Don't let listener be badly amused :)
3) Effects. Do not apply any effects before recorder in your vocal chain. You could do it after recording. Your mixing will be much flexible if your vocals are pure dry :)

Wish you success. You may put links to your recordings below :)


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The DAW of my choice. Discussing Reaper.

Hi again.
Today we're gonna talk about best (IMO) digital audio workstation called Reaper.

I used to use FL Studio as my main DAW. It has a lot of advantages but there are couple of dissapointments:
1) Appearance. Beautiful but hard and sumetimes unuseful interface (for instanse I want to open several plugins at the moment but they take a lot of workspace)
2) Pattern system. I don't usually do club or electro music so I don't need a lot of looping phrases in my mixes. And this option forces me to create new and new patterns. And it's getting boring.
3) System Requirements. It's easy to listen and mix light brojects. But If you want to use a lot of plugins hen get ready to get smashed (yes!) by memory lack. I have 2GB RAM and want to upgrade but at the moment it's hard to use FL for big projects.

And one day I discovered Reaper. Simple but very-very-very powerful program to record your songs and make them sound as good as you want them to! Here are some reasons why I prefer Reaper:
1) Usability. No patterns, no disturbing interface - everything is simple as possible! Playlist on the top, mixer on the bottom and nothing more that could make is look bulky.
2) Requirements. My track "Metal Factory" is the first song that was created by Reaper. It has 2 guitar tracks, kick, top snare, bottom snare, hi-hat, overheads, room and etc tracks. About 13 channels at all + master track. Every channel have inserts. And I mixed this song only in one session without any crashes, critical reboots and other. Stability - one of the greatest advantages of Reaper.
3) Price. Full version of FL costs $300. But full version of Reaper costs only $60. For better perfomance.
4) Comfortable Piano Roll. Not so important but very useful thing. You can tweak velocity or other parameters of note just by hovering your note and scrolling mouse wheel up or down.

But everything has "dark side of the moon".
For example I like Peavey ReValver MKIII.V VST Plugin for my guitars. But there are problems with it in Reaper. Plugin resets everytime when you open plugin window. So I just tweak my amp settings and never change them during current session.

I hope this article helped you a bit. Feel free to ask and comment!



Saturday, December 1, 2012

"Metal Factory". Track presentation.

Hi there and it's me again.
Today I want to show you my track called "Metal Factory".
You can check it out here:

Now something about the structure of song:
Chain: DI->Revalver MKIII. Then I added some EQ. I know that sound isn't excellent but something is done. Also, guitars are double-tracked. Each speaker plays different guitar track.

You could check the links to full version of track in video's description.


Friday, November 23, 2012

New Design!

I just have updated my blog. Do you like how it looks? :)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Guitar Reincarnation

My friend gave me his guitar and I repaired it.
List of changes:
1) Singles=>Humbuckers
2) 0.09 => 0.11 inch strings
3) Measure tweak
4) Anchor tweak
5) Fingerboard cleaning
6) Strings height adjust.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

My First EP Release.

Hey, what's up, musiclovers?
It's pleasant to announce that I just have released my first EP called "unLatem".

Check this out!
For more write me an e-mail here:


Friday, October 26, 2012

What is impulse response?

Hello, this is me again :)

Let's talk about impulse responses (IR). But I'll give little interlude.

Guitar stack is created with two parts: an amplifier and cabinet speaker. Amplifier creates sound (and creates distortion). But it's not this distortion what we hear. Raw sound contains a lot of hiss above 5-6 khz. Then goes speaker cabinet. It is special guitar speaker, which pulls off bad high frequences.

Let's create virtual stack. Here's an example:

I reviewed these plugins in this article. And it sounds like this:

As we can hear it sounds ok. But let's turn impulse cabinet off and listen:

Sounds bad. A lot of bad high frequences make a huge hiss.
But what about EQ snapshots?
Cabinet is enabled.
Cabinet is disabled.

Cabinet impulse response is short *.wav file which has frequency characeristics of cabinet sound. And IR plugin just analyze impulse file and substrack concrete frequences from signal. And we hear good tone as output signal.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

VST Vinyl Emulation

Hello everyone, this is me again. Today ve gonna talk about free VST vinyl emulation plugins. There are lot of vinyl VST plugins and now I want to show you few of them.

1) iZotope Vinyl
 I think that it is one of the greatest vinyl plugins. A lot of tweaks, perfect analog sound modulation. iZotope Vinyl has very simple interface. It has two unique knobs. Year simulates different period of vinyl music. RPM means Rotations Per Minute - you can use automation to give your glitches some "randomness" .

2) Milli Vinylli

The second VST plugin that I want to discuss. Pretty good for instant tone correct. It has less tweaks but it useful if you're in hurry, for instanse. Looks great, sounds good.

3) Vinylizer
 Do you want your computer to become vinyl player? So now it's possible! Just take a listen - simple tweaks knobs is very useful.
  • Decenter - detunes your sound a bit.
  • Dust - makes your sound more dusty and grainy (hissy)
  • High Damage - amount of high-freq distortion.
  • Stop Time - tweaks time needed for stop.
 But it can only add noise. It doesn't change frequency characteristics and dynamics.

4) Vinyl Dreams
 Cute simple plugin. Minimalistic. You can choose two presets and control dry/wet amout.

P.S: There are lot of free vinyl vst plugins. You can easily find it on google.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Guitar to Skype

Hello! I often notice that people want to transfer their guitar sound from Guitar Rig, Amplitube e.t.c to Skype. So, here's solution!

1) Make sure you using ASIO driver.
2) Download trial version of Virtual Audio Cable or find freeware alternative.
3) Install it properly.

4) Open your guitar amp and go to ASIO preferences (Green logo in right bottom corner). You will see new WDM Device: 
 5) I will use Guitar Rig interface: go to File-Audio and Midi Settings-Routing-Outputs. It looks like this:
HD Audio output 3 is mono output (Left and Right becomes mono). Virtual Cable 1 1 - input (we'll use it in Skype)

6) Go to Skype-Tools-Options-Audio Settings-Microphone. Select "Virtual Cable 1".
Now we reached it! It's time to call your mates and rock online! :)

Friday, October 5, 2012

How to remove hiss (bad HF) after software amp simulator?

Hello everyone, this is me again.

In my last post I promised to make hiss removing tutorial. So check this out :)

Few words about amp. For this topic I used Revalver Peavey MK III amp software, Flathill amp (Mesa Boggie Emulation).

Let,s listen to our sound:

Here is a bit of hiss in high frequences range. Now wo gonna remove it.

  1. Select band with small Q (0,15-0.30 oct) in high frequences.
  2. Gain it a lot (5-7 dB)
  3. Move band from about 5k to 12k. Remember the frequency where hiss gets louder.
  4. Return to remembered frequency and decrease volume of our frequency very much. Finally it will be similar to this picture:


Now let's listen to new sound:

Sometimes it's hard to hear this noise. But it makes ears tired faster.
Be careful, don't cut good characteristic frequences of hi-gain guitar.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Free VST guitar ampsims review #1

Hello, music lover! Today we gonna discover free Poulin's VST Ampsim plugins. All sounds are not EQ'ed, uncompressed and don't have any post-processing.

Plugins Author's Page

After ALL ampsims I used LePou2 impulse response plugin with "Catharsis-awesometime-fredman" impulse 1on-preshigh.

#1:  LePou HyBrit.

Settings I used

I like this amp. Something between red and green sound. A bit crunchy but not too much. Design is also good. Textures are fine and it's pleasant to see good picture and imagine real amp.

 Download HyBrit

#2:  Le456.
My tweaks

 Two-channel good metal amp. Deep and bright sound with clean channel and characteristic "metal" sound with distorted channel which has two types of overdrive: HI and LOW gain. Supports stereo (if you have double-tracked guitar on input then plugin will process them individually and stereo doesn't convert to mono). But I noticed that there's a hiss on high frequences (and not only on this amp). But it's just not critical artefact of digital distortion emulation.

 Download Le456

 #3:  LeCto.
My settings
 Our third amp. I think that it is "tribute" to Rectifier. It sounds deep in the mix but it's important to tweak accurate and think about result, not about only "ultrahypersuperdistorted" sound :) Has three channels: Vintage, RAW and Modern. If you use Guitar Rig: this amp is similar to Gratifier. FlatHill in Revalver Peavey MKIII. One of plugins that have "Resonance" knob.

 Download LeCto

 #4:  LeXTAC.

Tweaks for clean channel

 One of my favourite amps. Design is cool, as usual. Has three channels. I used "Yellow" in this sound. Also it has pre-EQ. So you can make input signal brighter without adding EQ before amp (good for your machine resources). Two new switches: Gain Structure and Plexi. Try to switch them and you will hear little difference. So here's demo:

Download LeXTAC

 #5:  SoloC Head.
Overdrive channel settings

 Last "patient" in our review :) SoloC Head designed firstly for solo. It has a lot of good mid frequences in 1k-3k region. It is two-channeled amp. Each of them has two different types of sound (illustrated on screenshot). "Bright" button gives your sound more high frequences. But be careful! A lot of HF can injure your sound. Better use exciter instead of extreme EQ. Good for epic solos (don't forget to put delay stompbox after).

Download SoloC Head

As you can see it is not nessesary to buy "hardware" amp and cabinet - you can use free software. Somebody thinks that software can't emulate "tube" sound. Nevermind, each person has different point of view. Just choose one you like :)

In next post I'm gonna teach you how to reduce software "hiss" on high frequences.


Monday, October 1, 2012

How to make Windows 7 applications work with ASIO? ("ASIO BLOCKS ALL SOUNDS" ISSUE)

Hey, what's up!

Today's tutorial explains how to make your Windows 7 work with ASIO properly. Unlike WinXP, Windows Vista/7 have different audio structure and ASIO can not use it like XP's audio. But there's a compromise. Often integrated Realtek's Soundcards have two outputs - rear and front panel. In this short tutorial I'm gonna show you how to make Windows 7 use, for example, rear panel and leave front panel output only for ASIO. So, check this out.

P.S: rates and comments on Youtube are welcome :)

How to connect guitar/bass to computer?

Hello, dear subscriber.

This article is about very popular problem of guitars and computer "friendship". It is easy, just read the following instructions:

1) It's good if u have dedicated audiointerface or professional soundcard. If you don't then you just plug your guitar to Line Input (often blue channel) of your integrated soundcard.
2) Make sure that guitar knobs are 100% turned on (max volume).
3) It's time to kill the latency. - go to this site and download the latest version of ASIO driver. Obviously, install it.
4) Go to your amp modelling program or DAW. In settings (I'm gonna show you using ReValver) make sure that you've selected ASIO inputs and outputs:

All important windows and sliders are marked with red colour. In Audio Devices window you should selsect ASIO v2 (or ASIO). Then press "control panel" button and this window will appear (on the top of the screen). Number 1 - channels in use. It's OK when they're all blue. If there's red "X" then check out your system if it use these inputs or outputs, for example Windows Media or Midi Table (often you can use different programs and ASIO at the same time. But in Vista and 7 you can't :| ). There is slider that controls latency. Start from lowest value and then just move it right and follow that moment whet this cracky sound disappear. Leave it as is.

And finaly. Close all setup windows when everything is done. Have phun playing your favourite riffs!