Author/musician Craig Anderton is an internationally recognized authority on musical technology.
He has authored over 35 books, mastered hundreds of tracks, played on or produced over 20 albums, played Carnegie Hall, written over 1,000 articles for magazines like Guitar Player, Keyboard, Sound on Sound, Electronic Musician, Pro Sound News, Mix, and several international publications, as well as lectured on technology and the arts in 38 US states, 10 countries, and in 3 languages. He co-founded Electronic Musician magazine and has also consulted to leading companies like Gibson, Microsoft, Steinberg, Roland, Acoustica, E-Mu, Peavey, Alesis, Akai Professional, Native Instruments, Cakewalk, Ableton, Avid, and literally dozens more.
Tips & Techniques Videos
This collection of videos has some of my favorite tips and techniques for recording, mixing, and mastering. I hope they help you to have fun, and make better music!
The "How Does It Sound in a Car? Tester
This tip is for all of you who won't sign off on a mix until you've heard it while driving. Now you can accomplish the same result, without even having to leave your studio! Yes, it really works.
Virtual "Nashville" Tuning for Guitar
Nashville tuning is a popular guitar tuning technique that's used in more than just country, but it requires re-string your guitar and other hassles - you may even need to adjust your truss rod. But there's also a virtual option you can use with a stock guitar.
Is There a "Right" or "Wrong" Way to Mix or Master?
You'll see a ton of videos on the web that purport to tell you the "right" or "wrong" way to do various mixing and mastering techniques. But are you really being told everything you need to know?
Better Dynamics Control for Vocals and Narration
For a natural, present, defined vocal sound, don't immediately reach for a compressor or limiter - try this first, before you start to add processing that can mess with the sound. Then if you do add dynamics control, you won't need anywhere near as much.
Synth and Sampler Keyswitching Made Easy
That great sampler preset won't fit on your keyboard - you can't play all the notes and access the keyswitches in the lower octaves! So do you need to buy a new 72- or 88-note keyboard? Not if you watch this video, which provides a super-simple workaround.
5 Things You May Not Want to Hear About Mixing
Sorry, but it's time to bust some myths about recording and mixing. Find out why there aren't pro tips, why you're mixing for the wrong people, the world's least expensive studio upgrade, and more.
Bi-Amp Your Amp Sim for Superior Sound
There's a way to make amp sims sound smoother, wider, more realistic, and just plain better. This video shows how to take advantage of virtual amp sim bi-amping techniques for high-definition guitar tones.
How to Add Tempo Changes to Your Final Mix
Tempo changes are a vital part of expressive music - but it's such a hassle with multitrack recording. Luckily, there's a much easier way: add tempo changes to your final mix. Yes, it really is possible...find out how.
Your DAW's Secret "Focusing" Equalizer
You probably have a free, versatile, and sophisticated "focusing" equalizer plug-in that's hidden in plain sight! Learn how to find it, how to use it, and why you want to use it.