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Audio Production Essentials: A Guide to Re-Amping

Re-amping is a common recording technique that provides audio engineers with the ability to apply amplifier tones in post production. Guitar and bass might be the first kinds of signals that come to mind for applying amp tones, but you can re-amp any signal – vocals, keys, drum loops, even live drums or any other audio signal imaginable. Here’s our guide containing everything you need to know to re-amp like a pro.

The first step to reamping a signal is to capture it directly from the source, directly into your recording interface and into your DAW. If you’re recording guitar, or bass, the tone won’t sound like much at this point. The most important objective at this stage is to get a good performance with plenty of volume while making sure that your signal does not clip at any point.

The recorded audio is now ready to be sent out to the amplifier, but this signal that will be coming out of your interface will not be the same type of signal that came from the original source. It needs to be converted back into an amp-friendly signal so that the amp reacts properly. 

The simplest way to accomplish this is with a re-amp box, which accomplishes the exact opposite of a DI box. While a DI box converts a high-impedance unbalanced signal to a low impedance balanced signal, a re-amp box converts a low-impedance balanced signal to a high-impedance unbalanced signal, the kind that comes out of an electric guitar or bass.

It is possible to accomplish this by running a DI box in reverse, but there is a difference in attenuation. Signals coming out of a re-amp box are about 28bd less than those coming through a reversed DI box. In order to re-amp signals coming through a reverse DI box, you’ll need to turn them down by 28db at the source (in the DAW).

The problem with turning down your signal like this is that you’re using less bits, meaning lower resolution. In addition, whatever noise floor was there in your recording will start creeping up and can create noticeable hissing. For this reason, re-amp boxes are a very popular choice for re-amping. 

If a re-amp box is unavailable, there are other ways to combat attenuation issues, such as using a padded xlr cable, which will knock the signal down about 20db, and allow you to run 20db hotter with a reversed DI.

Once your DAW is hooked up to your signal adapter and then your amp, simply play back your recorded signal, piping it out of a mono output at line level, then into your amp at instrument level. Keep your interface master volume all the way up through the entire process, and record the re-amped signal in real time.

Note, if you’re re-amping multiple tracks, whether it be multiple guitars, or different instruments entirely, it's typically not advised to send more than one track through an amp at a time, which will produce a messy sound. Re-amp one track at a time, unless you’re making a conscious, stylistic choice to re-amp multiple tracks together into one.


And that’s it! Now you can tweak tones in post-production like a pro. Re-amp with your favorite vintage cabs or the newest cab-simulations, all from one stored take.

Saturday, 11 September 2021
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Use the Homepage Builder to Create the Perfect Landing Page for Your SourceAudio Site

The SourceAudio homepage builder makes it easy for site admins to create a beautiful, high-functioning landing page for their SourceAudio library site. 

The SourceAudio homepage builder makes it easy for site admins to create a beautiful, high-functioning landing page for their SourceAudio library site. 

The tools require no programming knowledge. Simply head to the page builder in your admin panel, then drag and drop items from the Available Components section on the right-hand side into the layout section in the center of the page. As you position your components, they’ll change shape to fit into your design.

Most components’ contents can be edited from the homepage builder, while “featured” components import their content from the “featured” material you’ve selected.


Here’s a quick breakdown of each component available for your homepage.

Carousel

Show off branding material, recent placements, or any graphic you’d like to display in an image carousel. Customize the rate at which images change and add informative subtitles to your images (or let the graphics speak for themselves).

Text Block

Add a text block component that can feature text, graphics, links, or even an embedded video. Within a text block component, you’ll find all the same tools available to customize the contents of a custom page, providing a multitude of customization possibilities.

Blog List

The blog list component provides a panel that displays listings for all the stories you want to share with your clients. Add as many blog entries as you’d like, and they’ll appear as clickable listings that each lead to a unique full-page display. Add images and stylized text formatting. You can even embed with HTML, as each blog entry offers the same editing tools as a custom page or text block.

Social Links
Enter the links to your company’s Facebook and Twitter profiles, and each connected social account will display a “Follow” button for each channel.

Featured Tracks, Albums, Artists, Labels, Catalogs, and Playlists

Unlike other components, “featured” components synchronize in real time with selected “featured” content. To review this functionality, head to the Featured Content tab in the admin panel, where listings can be added, removed, or re-ordered to affect which items are displayed in a featured tracks, albums, artists, labels, catalogs, or playlists component.

When you’re happy with your landing page, link it to a tab in your navigation bar so that your site visitors can easily find it at any time, and fill in the “Home” bubble to designate this as the landing page for your site URL!

Looking for deeper customization?

Create a fully customizable page on your SourceAudio site with our
custom page builder.

Friday, 3 September 2021
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Upcoming Online Music Industry Events and Resources – Fall 2021

Check out our hand-picked list of the best online resources for composers and music businesses in the coming months.

Music Pro Pummit - Sept 8-11

The 2021 Music Pro Summit is a venue for the art and business sides of the industry to intersect, and showcase the next wave of music technology in the process. The 4-day online event will feature speakers from Songtrust, Livenation, Downtown Music Holdings, Musiio, Audioshake, Splice, CD Baby, and many more!

Register to attend and learn more at musicprosummit.com

All About Music 2021 - Sept 27-29

Now in its fifth year after 4 previous sold-out editions, All About Music brings together experts & stakeholders from every vertical of the industry to create a global gateway into the Indian music market. This year’s conference aims to celebrate the evolution of the Indian music industry with a focus on discussions surrounding the rise of regional music consumption, independent & non-film music releases, music technology apps, innovation in revenue streams, and more.

Register to attend and learn more at allaboutmusic.in

Music Finance Forum - Sept 30

The 3rd annual Music Finance Forum will virtually bring together driving forces in the music sector to discuss the digital landscape, live performances, and new perspectives on upcoming trends. Presented by Winston Baker, a leader in entertainment industry conferences addressing finance, innovation, and growth design to bring together the most seasoned entertainment, finance, and technology executives to educate the industry on effective strategies to thrive in an ever-changing market

Register to attend and learn more at winstonbaker.com/events

IMSTA FESTA - Oct 6

IMSTA FESTA is a celebration of music technology that brings manufacturers face-to-face with their product users. These consumer shows have something for all musicians, songwriters, producers, audio engineers, music students, and educators in the industry. From industry panels and master classes to software exhibits and song reviews, there's even a songwriting competition that could land you in Santorini, Greece!

Register to attend and learn more at imsta.org/imsta_festa.php

Music Tectonics Conference - Oct 26-27

Explore the seismic shifts in technology that continue to rock the music business while connecting with music tech innovators. The Music Tectonics Conference is back with the perfect blend of formats for global reach and in-person serendipity, uniting music tech innovators across industry boundaries to share ideas and get business done. Their 2021 hybrid event invites a global audience to participate in parallel universes: in the metaverse and across the planet. 

Register to attend and learn more at musictectonics.com


ISMIR - Nov 8-12

The International Society for Music Information Retrieval is a non-profit organization seeking to advance research in the field of music information retrieval —a field that aims at developing computational tools for processing, searching, organizing, and accessing music-related data. Among other things, the ISMIR society fosters the exchange of ideas and activities among its members, stimulates research and education in MIR, supports and encourages diversity in membership and disciplines, and oversees the organisation of the annual ISMIR conference, which is held annually and is the world’s leading research forum on MIR. 

Register to attend and learn more at ismir.net

Midem Digital - Nov 16-19

Midem designs an insightful and thought-provoking conference and content program to help participants overcome the main challenges and harness key trends shaping the future of the international music business. Through inspiring conversations, concrete case studies, and workshops, participants benefit from their peers’ insights to grow their international business all year long via our digital platform and during the event. From highlighting exciting new music markets around the world to analysing new business and monetisation sources, our expertly curated programme provides a complete toolkit to understand the future of our industry and seize unique opportunities to grow your business internationally.


Register to attend and learn more at midem.com

Friday, 27 August 2021
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License Your Music in Alpha Libraries for Radio – The Industry’s Choice for Radio Production Music

Alpha Libraries for Radio is the largest and most widely used collection of production music for radio in the United States!

Our clients reach over 90% of America every month. We’re partnered with radio broadcasters of all sizes, from local stations to the biggest broadcast syndicated shows in the world, totaling thousands of programs actively sourcing music.

Alpha by the numbers:


Over 2 million tracks
Over 4000 users
Over 970k track downloads in the last year

… and 6 new albums every day of the week, spanning every genre or sound effect imaginable!

Powered by SourceAudio, the industry-leading audio management software for broadcasters, production libraries, publishers, labels, trailer houses, and audio professionals around the world.

Friday, 20 August 2021
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Optimizing Effects Order in Your Signal Path

The order that audio effects are applied in a signal flow has a major impact on the sound that is produced.

Traditionally, the order of effects in a chain mimics an analog synth signal path:

1. Distortion to add harmonics
2. Filters to boost and cut frequency ranges
3. Modulation to add movement
4. And finally, reverb and/or delay to create the sound of the perfect space for the audio to sound in.

There are many reasons why a producer could want to deviate from this standard practice, as every change in order will provide a distinct stylistic difference to the sound.

One of the most recognizable instances of sound manipulation through FX order, which came to be emblematic of a particular style, began as guitar players placed their effects pedals before high volume, distortion-inducing amplifiers. The blanket of distortion produced at the end of the signal flow by driven tube or solid-state amps produced a distinctly dynamic sound when used after effects like a wah or a phaser. 

The rock sound produced by placing distortion last puts the frequency variance early in the signal chain so that the distortion affects the heightened frequencies more than lower ones, creating louder peaks and softer lows. A typical synth programmer would do the exact opposite, procuring a sound that is more uniform and predictable.

The placement of reverb and delay in a signal chain is another choice that can drastically alter a sound. These effects sound most natural at the end of the signal path, which is where the effect normally takes place as a sound reverberates through a space. Placing a reverb or delay feeding them into even a mild distortion creates an extremely dense sound.

Compression and EQ are the most versatile as to where they can be placed, though they will still create different effects based on their placement. Their effect will create more or less signal flowing into another effect, which will alter the sound accordingly.

Finally, one rule recommended to always follow is keeping all pitch correction at or very near the start of the chain where the signal is cleanest. The alternative could get quite messy. EQ or compression are just about the only things that could be put before pitch shifters. 

Get familiar with the sounds that effects combinations produce in different orders, and you’ll be able to fast-track your production to get the sound you’re looking for.

Friday, 13 August 2021
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