On Neurotic Perfectionism

What is a perfectionist? Someone competent who likes rigor? Or someone who neurotically stresses over little details? These questions actually show that many concepts can have two sides: something akin to a Light Side and a Dark Side, much like the way the Seven Vices have their counterpart Seven Virtues. They are not quite the …

Continue reading

Ear Training for Sound Engineers and Music Producers

There’s a term used to describe those people with extraordinary hearing skills – they are known as having golden ears. This is true for acclaimed audio engineers like Chris Lord-Alge or Dave Pensado. Additionally, it is also a term used by some medical professionals to describe people who show no signs of age-related hearing loss …

Continue reading

Hearing Loss Prevention for Sound Engineers, Sound Designers and Music Producers

I know… what a goddamn unpleasant, sensitive, horrifying topic to talk about. One which begs for any kind of contemplation to be hidden away in a repressed corner of the mind. This is true for anyone who relies on hearing for their art. Especially if they already suffer from some hearing loss. But we have …

Continue reading

Car Horn Drive-By (Free Sound Effect)

Below you can watch the recording of a car horn drive-by sound effect. This sound effect was created by recording an Opel Adam driving-by while honking the horn, creating the Doppler effect. Recorded in stereo in ORTF, the car goes from left to right. This is a free sound effect donate by Sinewave Lab to …

Continue reading

Getting a Good Audio on a Cheap Podcast Setup

Alright, you’re starting your own podcast and that’s awesome! Welcome to the Information revolution of the XXI century! 🙂 I believe that good content should be delivered with the best audio quality possible. The problem is that you’re just like the rest of us and don’t have a big budget to start out… so the …

Continue reading

The Next Room Impulse Responses Demonstration

Here at the Sinewave Lab, we have recorded a set of Impulse Responses something called the Next Room Impulse Responses. This set of 23 mono and stereo WAV files allows you to emulate the acoustic properties of the house I live in, but with the twist. Because it’s called the “next room”, what did it …

Continue reading

Modal Modulation Examples in Rock and Metal

Modal Modulation is not a concept restricted to Rock and Metal but since the electric guitar was my first love, I’m biased. As a developer of a software that helps you explore Modal Modulation, I want to show you this cool approach to music with four examples within the genres of Progressive Metal and Instrumental …

Continue reading

Plugins and Kontakt Libraries for Metal Producers

Dear metalheads and djentlemen: if you’re forever searching for tonal nirvana in your metal mixes, we have some awesome VST/AU plugins and Kontakt libraries we’d like you to know about. They’ve been designed by our friends at TIGHT SOUND and are available to purchase here on Sinewave Lab. They are: Electric Guitar Electric Bass Drums …

Continue reading

Mixing Tips for a Modern Snare Drum Sound

The sound of a modern Rock and Metal snare drum is something some of us really desire to achieve in our mixes. This article presents the tools and techniques you should master and apply to get that loud and massive snare sound in your music productions. Let’s begin! Equalization The equalization of the snare drum …

Continue reading

Managing my Forearm RSI from Mouse Use

A repetitive strain injury is something that anyone who works extensively on the computer is at risk of developing. In my industry (Sound Engineering), I think audio editors are the ones at greater risk. It happened to me, almost 10 years ago, after a particularly intense day of mouse use. A small sting in my …

Continue reading