NEWS & PRODUCTS
Back in the days when home recording meant a four-track tape recorder and bouncing tracks to tape get around track limitations, I wrote the book Home Recording for Musicians. It was very well-received, but over time became outdated, so I always wanted to update it.
However, as the world of home recording became more complex the idea of a single book became impractical. Mac or Windows? Beats or linear recording? MIDI? Virtual instruments or miking conventional ones? Hardware or plug-ins? There are too many different aspects of recording, and too many ways to record, to fit in a single, sprawling volume.
The Musician’s Guide to Home Recording is a series of books that covers a variety of topics in detail. Readers can choose individual books to increase their knowledge in specific areas, or treat the series as a complete course and cover selected topics at their own pace. The first five titles are How to Choose and Use Audio Interfaces, How to Apply Equalization, How to Record and Mix Great Vocals, Microphones for the Recording Musician(written with Phil O'Keefe), and How to Create Compelling Mixes. How to Get the Best Sounds Out of Amp Sim Software will be appearing next, with more to come.
The books are available in print as softcover titles, or as a new type of electronic publication being introduced on Reverb.com. The electronic versions load fast on desktop or mobile (even with cellular connections), auto-resume across devices, allow quick search / note taking / bookmarking for easy reference, and have a mobile-responsive book design that looks great on smartphones and tablets.
For more information or to purchase the individual titles, see the links below.
"How to Create Compelling Mixes" Now Available!
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How to Record and Mix Great Vocals in Studio One
The vocal is the most important part of any song: it’s the conversation that forms a bond between performer and listener. And now, renowned music technology expert Craig Anderton brings his years of production expertise to an easy-to-understand, comprehensive guide about recording great vocals. Topics include choosing a mic, recording techniques, using DSP, equalization, dynamics processing, pitch correction, reverb, delay, layering, comping, harmonizing, automation, and much more. An additional chapter on performance tips goes beyond technology to explore not just how to obtain great sounds, but how to create compelling vocal performances
Amazing Multibrand Helix Presets
Multiband distortion splits the guitar into two or more bands, and distorts each one individually. Unlike conventional single-band distortion, this produces a focused distortion sound without “splatter.” It’s especially well-suited to chords, power chords, and rhythm guitar, which are usually the toughest challenge for conventional amp models. The preset pack includes:
- 60 Multiband presets (mostly 3-band, with effects) for all current Helix amps. Each of these presets also has eight snapshots, for a total of 480 different sounds: Stereo Preset with FX, Stereo without FX, Mono without FX (ideal for mono pedalboard use), Mute Low Band, Mute Mid Band, Mute High Band, and two Clean (non-distorted) sounds.
- 60 additional 4-Band presets for all current Helix amps, mostly without effects. These are for advanced users who want to customize 4-band presets. Because four bands takes up a lot of CPU, these are designed more for live performance setups as part of a pedalboard, or with recording setups where you can insert plug-ins before and/or after Helix Native.
- 6 Clean multiband presets. These dial the Drive on distorted amps way back, to give a unique type of clean sound.
- 2 template presets, one for 2-band, and one for 3-band presets.
- Documentation, including tips and techniques for getting the most out of this preset pack.
These big, bold presets are essential Helix additions. The multiband architecture is truly new and different, and brings out a level of articulation and clarity in all Helix Floor/Rack/Native/LT amps that you’ve never heard before. But hearing is believing—check out the video to hear what multiband distortion can do for your guitar sound.
Purchase the Amazing Multibrand Helix Presets for $29.95
Electronic Ear Candy Loop Library
Listed by reverb.com as one of the best music software highlights of the new year!
When your music needs some serious sweetening, turn to some Electronic Ear Candy. The core is 185 loops with a vibrant, rhythmic mojo that functions similarly to adding percussion tracks, but with melodic, step-sequenced, and tempo-modulated processing that can really drive a song—watch the Demo Video to hear just a fraction of these. Also, individual layers are broken out separately from multi-layered sounds so you can mix and match different layers to create an almost unlimited combination of loops, from simple to super-complex.
You’ll also find some tasty FX files for breaks and transitions, Electronic Drum loops (with one-shot drum sounds so you can augment the loops or create new ones with the same sounds), and eight groups of Melodic loops that recall loop construction kits because they can provide the basis of a song.
Although there are 387 loops and 2.2 GB of content, the content has been curated carefully to provide maximum versatility; files typically stretch over 90 to 165 bpm. The files are also excellent for cutting up into smaller loops. This is truly “electronic ear candy” that will add novel, percussive accents to your tracks.
Purchase the Electronic Ear Candy digital download from Reverb.com for $29.95.
Craig Anderton’s AdrenaLinn Guitars Loop Library
From ambient-friendly arpeggios to soul-ripping sounds for hardcore techno, AdrenaLinn Guitars delivers 560MB of fresh, creative, carefully crafted loops. With Roger Linn’s innovative AdrenaLinn processor serving as a sonic foundation, each loop takes on rhythmic, animated characteristics that integrate synthesis with the guitar’s human, organic qualities.
For maximum fidelity, all files were recorded in two keys (Bb and E) to avoid the need for extreme transposition. The Acidized WAV and REX files can typically stretch tempo from 90 BPM to at least 150 BPM. Resolution is 44.1 kHz/16 bit. When the library was first released, reviewer Dave Hill Jr. wrote:
“Anderton routes his trusty six-string through instrument inventor Roger Linn’s latest bending-edge musical contraption, the AdrenaLinn effects pedal. The results are a barrage of freakily filtered rhythmic and subtle harmonic explorations...You may not always recognize these sounds as emanating from a guitar, but that is entirely the point. Anderton, who often plays in Europe as an electronica artist, has made some creative yet practical sounds that could work in a wide variety of musical compositions.”
Please note: this loop library is available only as a digital download. No physical formats are available.