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n-Track Studio 6

Submitted by mic on Mon, 03/26/2018 - 13:31

n-Track was the first piece of software that I used for recording. I used it for one song only around the time when n-Track was at version 2 or 3. I was curious how far the software had gotten from these versions to its current version 6.

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Release of Orinj v2.0.0 beta

Submitted by mic on Mon, 03/26/2018 - 13:24

I have not been blogging for a while, but it was all for a good cause – the development and release of a recording and mixing piece of software. Creating this software took a while, but it was worth doing. I learned a lot and I can finally "put my money where my mouth is". Orinj is not yet released. Hopefully it will be by the time you read this post.

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Pantheon Reverb Plug-in

Submitted by mic on Mon, 03/26/2018 - 13:17

I have been eyeing the Pantheon reverb plug-in that came with my Lexicon soundcard forever now, wanting to test it and write a review. I just installed it and the task of writing a review seems daunting. This is a reverb with many options, various presets, and more controls than I expected. I am sure that whatever I write below will turn out incomplete, but here it goes:

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A new strat neck (again)

Submitted by mic on Mon, 03/26/2018 - 13:11

Some time ago I wrote about ordering a new strat neck from Warmoth Direct. I ordered a maple-rosewood neck, with boat contour, brass/nickel medium jumbo frets, compound radius, corian nut, a truss rod, no binding, clear gloss finish, etc. The neck arrived promptly, looked just as I ordered, and felt as I expected. The rosewood looked a bit cracked, but maybe that is just the way it was supposed to be. There was one problem with the neck though: the keys were not mounted on.

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Weird reverb

Submitted by mic on Fri, 03/23/2018 - 13:25

In an attempt to get some interesting sounds out of a reverb, whether useful or not, I decided to experiment. To give credit where credit is due, I did spend some time reading articles on harmony-central.com about various properties of what I would consider non-natural reverbs.

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More on reverb

Submitted by mic on Fri, 03/23/2018 - 13:21

My last post was about reverb, but I managed to cover only the properties of the natural reverb and to talk a bit about the digital reverbs that we chose. Here is some information about the "unnatural" – i.e., simulated – reverb.

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A simple approach to mixing a rock song: Part 6 - Reverb

Submitted by mic on Fri, 03/23/2018 - 13:19

Reverb? Sure, but how much and which one? Reverb is needed. Our biggest mistake when releasing our first album was leaving it semi- dry and boring. We should have added more reverb to our songs. First, our songs would have been livelier as that is what reverb does – it simulates the real life effects of a sound in a room, a club, or a concert hall. Second and equally important – most music that we listen to has reverb artificially added and so that is what our listeners are used to. Our songs sounded "unnatural" with little reverb.

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