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  • Tuesday, January 31, 2012
    Bobby Owsinski 01/31 09:44 AM,
    This article is provided by Bobby Owsinski.   During a long discussion about vintage instruments in the studio this week, it prompted me to think about this excerpt from The Ultimate Guitar Tone Handbook (written with writer, composer and good buddy Rich Tozzoli) that describes some of the intangible factors that went into manufacturing Gibson humbucking pickups in the 50’s and 60’s. As you’ll see, there are a lot of external factors that went into making a pickup back then,… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeaturePollProductSignalStudio

  • Thursday, January 26, 2012
    Bruce Swedien 01/26 05:32 AM,
    This excerpt is the first in a series from Bruce Swedien’s book Make Mine Music by Hal Leonard Microphone Design Technology And Microphone Technique Along with this development of a more live sound and hi-fi in the popular recorded music of the early 1950’s, a great deal of experimentation and improvement in microphone placement and technique was going on at the same time. Much energy and effort were put into the development of innovative microphone design. American microphone design technology… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureAnalogEducationMicrophoneStudioAudio

  • Wednesday, January 25, 2012
    Samuel O'Sullivan 01/25 08:00 AM,
    This article is provided by the Pro Audio Files.   This article is about a shift in perspective mostly. It’s about really embracing the tools you already have and using them to their fullest potential. For example, I have a 12-channel Mackie mixer that I double as an analog external summing amp. It contains FX sends and returns, allowing me to utilize any number of effects units (not to mention plug ins), which can be brought back in to the… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeaturePollDigital Audio WorkstationsSoftwareStudio

  • Monday, January 23, 2012
    Bobby Owsinski 01/23 02:01 PM,
    This article is provided by Bobby Owsinski. recently posted an article on a full-blown 48 track DAW for the iPad that looks pretty awesome. The app comes from a new company called Auria, and isn’t available quite yet, but it’s features are very complete, as you can see from the following: —48 mono/stereo, 24-bit/44.1kHz tracks, with recording for up to 24 tracks (you’ll obviously need a USB audio interface that can do that.) —64-bit, double precision mix architecture… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeaturePollProductDigital Audio WorkstationsSoftware

  • Friday, January 13, 2012
    PSW Staff 01/13 09:43 AM,
    You’ve finally invested in a high-quality vocal microphone and your voice has never sounded better. Unfortunately, the keyboard player in your band decides he wants to use your mic during his featured rap. You cringe as he practically eats the microphone. You can barely watch as he encourages audience members to scream into the mic. Afterwards he returns your mic, still operational but considerably wetter and unhygienic. Microphones are subject to an inordinate amount of abuse, especially in live music.… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundRecordingFeaturePollStudy HallAnalogEducationEngineerMicrophoneSound ReinforcementStudioSystemTechnicianAudio

  • Thursday, January 12, 2012
    Joe Gilder 01/12 09:25 AM,
    This article is provided by Home Studio Corner.   Lately I’ve been listening to mixes from members over at A number of times I’ve suggested to people that they check their mixes in mono. To clarify, everybody mixes in stereo. Stereo simply means the mix has two channels (left and right). A mono mix is simply one channel. You combine (or sum) the left and right channels into a single channel. Listening to mixes in mono can be very… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeaturePollConsolesDigital Audio WorkstationsMixerStudio

  • Wednesday, January 11, 2012
    Bobby Owsinski 01/11 05:38 PM,
    This article is provided by Bobby Owsinski.   Now with solid state memory becoming more and more the norm, it’s important to realize that it can occasionally also be at the root of some problems as well. Although it doesn’t happen that often, some nasty crashes can be avoided with a minimum of maintenance. Here are some tips for memory card care from Scott Bourne (he has a photography great site called that I’ve adapted for audio instead of… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeaturePollDigitalSoftwareStudio

  • Monday, January 09, 2012
    Matthew Weiss 01/09 10:07 AM,
    This article is provided by the Pro Audio Files.   What is dynamic processing? A dynamic processor is something that outputs a signal, where the level of the outgoing signal is based on the level of the incoming signal. In other words, a loud signal coming in will come out differently than a quiet signal coming in. Basic Types of Dynamic Processors Compressors: The most common – the louder the signal is coming in, the less level it provides going… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeaturePollAnalogDigitalProcessorStudio

  • Friday, January 06, 2012
    Joe Gilder 01/06 04:18 PM,
    This article is provided by Home Studio Corner.   As you may already know, I’m in the process of doing a few upgrades in my studio. Whenever I’m looking to buy a new piece of equipment or upgrade an existing piece of equipment, I try to ask one simple question: What will help me make better recordings? My goal isn’t to marginally improve the recordings. I’m looking for holes in my system. I’m looking for weak links. For example, I… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeaturePollAnalogMicrophoneProcessorStudio

  • compare microphones
    Ty Ford 01/06 01:04 PM,
    If you’re just starting the trek from dynamic to condenser microphones, beware of the four steps of disillusionment. Step 1. Wow, this new cheap condenser mic sounds great! Listen to all of the high frequencies! I’m going to use it on everything! Step 2. Hey, is it me, or is this new cheap condenser mic a little edgy on some things? Step 3. Hey this new cheap condenser mic is noisier than some of my dynamic mics, especially on really… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureProductMicrophone