Making acoustic panels tutorial

Apartment buildings are not the ideal place to have a home studio, the main problem with them is the acoustics are terrible. My ‘studio’ has painted concrete walls, huge windows across one side, and is a L shape. This results in a very uneven frequency response, and ridiculous flutter echo.

For not a lot of money I made a big improvement to this situation. Rigid fiberglass is the most cost effective way to acoustically treat a room. Foam only really makes a difference with mid and high frequencies, the panels I made are effective down to about 125 Hz according to the specs of the material.

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MOG New music-focused social network site

Launched Thursday MOG, a musical nudist colony (among other self-describing terms) looks to be a great way for artists and bands to network. There is an Anti-MTV section called MOG TV, and a neat recommendation system for finding new music easily.

So if you’re sick of Myspace and the rest, check out MOG.

www.MOG.com

Free Plugin Of The Week – Izotope Vinyl VST|RTAS

Every Monday I highlight free plugins new and old that are worth checking out. See all posts in the Free Plugin Of The Week Series.

iZotope Vinyl

iZotope Vinyl

This is not a new plugin, but it is one of my favorites, mostly because I love that crackle on vinyl records. I like it on drum loops, synth basses and even guitars. The only thing with this plugin is it has only one purpose, but it does it very well, just don’t over use it.

“The ultimate lo-fi weapon, iZotope Vinyl uses 64-bit processing and advanced filtering, modeling and resampling to create authentic “vinyl” simulation, as if the audio was a record being played on a record player.”

It works on both Mac and Windows systems, in RTAS/AudioSuite/HTDM, VST, MAS, Audio Unit, DirectX formats. It supports sample rates of up to 192 kHz, and is fully automatable.

More info and download

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MIDI Foundations – A Primer to the world of MIDI

MIDI – Foundations

I Figured since MIDI is my specialty as of late I would write my first article here at Audio Geek Zine about it.

MIDI is to some, a great complicated mystery that they may never wrap their minds around completely… but that would be because their minds are feeble. When understood even in the most basic sense MIDI can be harnessed and used to make the impossible possible. I have designed this article to basically get you in touch with the basic concepts of the MIDI universe.

First and foremost, MIDI is an acronym which stands for…

Musical Instrument Digital Interface.

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