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  • Thursday, September 22, 2011
    Barry Rudolph 09/22 08:00 AM,
    How do you review an icon? Often seen in photographs along with iconic people from dictators to heads of state to rock n’ roll stars, the Shure 55 is the most recognized microphone in the world. First produced in 1939, the original Model 55 Unidyne microphone was the first single-element unidirectional dynamic microphone. From its beginnings at that time being a cardioid pattern microphone, its smaller size made it a true classic that was affordable and accessible to all. Then… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureProductDigital Audio WorkstationsMicrophoneSound ReinforcementStudio

  • Wednesday, September 21, 2011
    Matthew Weiss 09/21 12:16 PM,
    This article is provided by the ProAudioFiles.   Before getting into the meaning of arrangement, I want to take a moment to stress the importance of arrangement. Arrangement ultimately bridges the gap between the composition and the mix. Give that a moment to resonate, and I will clarify. Arrangement refers to the organization of any aspect of a song. A song can be organized in many different ways and still be essentially the same song. The arrangement is simply the… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeaturePollMixerSignalSoftwareStudioAudio

  • Friday, September 16, 2011
    Pete Senoff 09/16 12:19 PM,
    I think the question could best be answered by the analogy: “What’s wrong with wetting your finger to measure wind velocity?” In truth, the VU meter does a great job of indicating the average level of a constant state signal. However the VU meter becomes unpredictable when attempting to measure the actual levels involved in a transient passage or in a complex waveform. Since music is composed of complex waveforms and transient passages a problem in accurate monitoring does exist.… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureSlideshowStudy HallEducationEngineerStudio

  • Thursday, September 15, 2011
    Bobby Owsinski 09/15 02:23 PM, 0 Comments
    This article is provided by Bobby Owsinski.   There are a few people on the planet that know a lot about microphones and how they’re made, but not many know as much and have the dedication of David Bock, the founder and owner of Bock Audio (formerly Soundelux Microphones). After all, how many people would go to the extent of teaching themselves German just so they could read the old Neumann service manuals? David makes some truly excellent mics, and… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeaturePollBusinessEducationMicrophoneStudio

  • Wednesday, September 14, 2011
    Matthew Weiss 09/14 07:42 AM,
    This article is provided by the ProAudioFiles.   Andrew Dawson is a Grammy-Award winning engineer and producer. A fast rising-star on the scene, his credits include Kanye West, Common, T.I., Jay-Z, Destiny’s Child, Lil Wayne, Drake, Rick Ross, Erykah Badu & more. He’s been the primary tracking & mix engineer for the last 4 Kanye West albums, including the latest, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.” Andrew kindly took time out of his busy schedule to speak with me - Engineer… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeaturePollDigital Audio WorkstationsEngineerProcessorStudio

  • Tuesday, September 13, 2011
    Jon Tidey 09/13 04:01 PM,
    This article is provided by Audio Geek Zine.   Last month I did a guest post for Travis Whitmore’s SilverLake Studio blog as part of his 31 Days to Better Drums series. My article is below, you can read the rest of the 31 Days to Better Sounding Drums series on Travis’ blog. The article is not meant to be a tutorial on drum editing, but an overview of the concepts and methods, reasons why you’d want to edit your… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeaturePollDigital Audio WorkstationsProcessorSoftwareStudio

  • Thursday, September 08, 2011
    Bobby Owsinski 09/08 09:59 AM,
    This article is provided by Bobby Owsinski.   Here are some interesting facts about the recording methods of the Beatles and the innovations that they (mostly engineer Geoff Emerick) introduced that are commonplace today. —Multi-miking drums. Until Emerick began to experiment, the drum kit was picked up by a maximum of two mics - one on kick drum and the other as an overhead above the snare. In order to get a bigger drum sound, Emerick introduced a mic on… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeaturePollMicrophoneProcessorStudio

  • Tuesday, September 06, 2011
    Kyle P. Snyder 09/06 01:57 PM, 20 Comments
    You’ve just finished a killer tracking session, one that you really want the ability to recreate, so now what? I’m generally confident in my memory for microphone placements and studio setup, except that plans change and what may have been easy to remember tomorrow suddenly needs to be compartmentalized until everyone is available again next month. Plus, there’s no remembering compressor or EQ settings, let alone values for gear that has less than descriptive front panels. So, what’s an engineer… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogTechnologistPollEngineerSound ReinforcementStudioSystemTechnician

  • Monday, September 05, 2011
    Joe Gilder 09/05 09:41 AM,
    This article is provided by Home Studio Corner.   In honor of Labor Day, let’s talk about work a little bit. (What, you thought I’d take the day off?) :>) I’m not talking about crap-I-have-to-go-to-the-office work. I’m talking about work in your studio, work that you (hopefully) love. Do you ever get paid for your recording skills? Do you ever charge your clients? Perhaps you don’t, but you’d like to. Or maybe you’ve started charging for a few projects here… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeaturePollBusinessStudioAudio

  • Wednesday, August 31, 2011
    Bobby Owsinski 08/31 04:46 PM, 4 Comments
    This article is provided by Bobby Owsinski.   This video (below) has made the rounds with my Facebook friends (I’m not sure exactly where it started, but thank you to whomever is responsible) and when you give it a watch you’ll know why. It’s a 1965 Frank Sinatra live record date, complete with a full orchestra, of his hit “It Was A Very Good Year.” There’s a lot to like in this video. Check out: —the small size of the… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeaturePollEngineerStudio