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The Wexford Carol – Recording and Mixing

The Wexford Carol medley with The Holly and the Ivy is complete. I described the writing and arranging in my previous post. See that post for a description of how and why I put the music together the way I did. This post is about…

Stereo Widening VST Shootout

In my last post, I wrote about the use of a stereo widener and my panning decisions concerning the string section in My Father’s World. At the end of that post I mentioned some other options for stereo wideners. I thought it would be interesting and possibly educational…

Down ‘n Dirty Tutorial on Using Softsynths

Not that many years ago if you wanted to play a synthesizer, you either bought a keyboard synthesizer or a sound module, which is the synth without the keyboard. Today that’s all changed, however. Computer processors have become powerful enough, and memory cheap enough, that a…

Free Reverb Roundup

Lately I’ve been experimenting with a variety of the free reverb VSTi’s available on the internet. There are a countless number of them, but some of them, I think, deserve mention. They may find a valuable place in your own virtual studio.

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