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Articles Tagged Bobby Owsinski

  • Monday, July 18, 2016
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    Bobby Owsinski 07/18/16 06:25 AM,
    This article is provided by Bobby Owsinski.   Editor’s Note: Although this article first appeared on the site in 2011, the foundational information for studio engineers is worth repeating. Technical preparation is the most mundane of all the tasks. So mundane, in fact, that many A-listers either hire someone or have their assistant do all of this work. That being said, the technical prep may be the most important time you spend on some projects, because it’s where you tighten… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallDigitalDigital Audio WorkstationsEngineerStudio

  • Tuesday, July 05, 2016
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    Bobby Owsinski 07/05/16 11:40 AM,
    This article is provided by Bobby Owsinski.   What makes a live recording sound live? The audience, of course. A live recording is all about the energy of the event, and that energy comes from the crowd, so some real thought has to be given as to how it’s captured. Just setting up some microphones haphazardly usually produces less-than-desired results. To avoid that scenario, let’s have a look at some proven mic techniques for live recording. First, it can be… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallConcertEducationEngineerMicrophoneSound ReinforcementStage

  • Monday, June 13, 2016
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    Bobby Owsinski 06/13/16 11:40 AM,
    This article is provided by Bobby Owsinski.   Mix engineers are called on to do so much more than ever before. Tweaking the track timing used to be done way before the mixing stage, but mixers find themselves doing it more and more. Here are some tips for tweaking track timing in you DAW from the new Advanced chapter in the 3rd edition of The Mixing Engineer’s Handbook.———————————— No matter how great the players on the session are, there’s always… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallDigitalDigital Audio WorkstationsEngineerSoftwareStudio

  • Wednesday, June 01, 2016
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    Bobby Owsinski 06/01/16 05:55 AM,
    This article is provided by Bobby Owsinski.   When signal processing is timed to the pulse of the track, everything in the mix sounds a lot smoother. This applies to compressors, delays, modulators, and especially reverbs. One of the questions I get a lot is, “How do you time your reverb to the track?” There’s a step by step tutorial in my Audio Mixing Bootcamp book that I’ve excepted from the Adding Reverb chapter of the book below. By the… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallDigitalDigital Audio WorkstationsEngineerProcessorSoftwareStudio

  • Tuesday, May 17, 2016
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    Bobby Owsinski 05/17/16 05:59 AM,
    This article is provided by Bobby Owsinski.   The overdubbing stage can be something as simple as fixing or replacing some of the basic tracks (like the bass, rhythm guitar, solos, and lead vocal) or as complex as adding sophisticated layering of horns and strings, multiple guitars, keyboards, and background vocals. It’s also the phase of the project during which the most experimenting is done, since even the most meticulously designed parts sometimes don’t work and require some alteration. The… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallDigitalDigital Audio WorkstationsEngineerStudio

  • Monday, May 02, 2016
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    Bobby Owsinski 05/02/16 05:50 AM,
    This article is provided by Bobby Owsinski.   Whenever an engineer has trouble dialing in the EQ on a track, chances are its because of one or more of the 6 trouble frequency areas. These are areas where too much or too little can cause your track to either stick out like a sore thumb, or disappear into the mix completely. Let’s take a look. 200Hz (Mud) - Too much can cause the track or the mix to sound muddy… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallDigitalDigital Audio WorkstationsEducationEngineerMonitoringSoftwareStudio

  • Monday, April 18, 2016
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    Bobby Owsinski 04/18/16 03:50 PM,
    This article is provided by Bobby Owsinski.   I’ve received a lot of questions lately about my opinion on some very inexpensive vintage mic clones. I love finding a great cheap mic as much as the next guy, but there are some things to watch out for before buying. I thought it might be helpful to repost the following from a few years ago. In many ways we’re in the golden age of audio gear. On the whole, inexpensive audio… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallEngineerMicrophoneStudio

  • Monday, April 04, 2016
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    Bobby Owsinski 04/04/16 05:46 AM,
    This article is provided by Bobby Owsinski.   Engineers that don’t work with horn players much often don’t understand the difficulties or the technique for getting a great sound. Here’s an interview with Jerry Hey, who may be the most widely recorded horn player ever, from my Studio Musician’s Handbook that explains things from the player’s point of view. I understand that you have strong feelings about how people mike your horn. I guess I have strong feelings because over… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallEngineerMicrophoneMonitoringStudio

  • Monday, March 14, 2016
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    Bobby Owsinski 03/14/16 10:12 AM,
    This article is provided by Bobby Owsinski.   Punchy drums are what every engineer aims for in a mix and there’s definitely a way to get there. Sometimes just using the right compressors can do the trick, but most of the time it requires some adjustment of the parameters to really get the sound you’re looking for. Here’s a few excerpts from my Mixing Engineer’s Handbook, Audio Mixing Bootcamp and Drum Recording Handbook books all culled together for an overview… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureForumStudy HallEngineerProcessorStudio

  • Wednesday, March 02, 2016
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    Bobby Owsinski 03/02/16 07:03 AM,
    This article is provided by Bobby Owsinski.   Like many other aspects to mixing, the use of reverb is frequently either overlooked or misunderstood. Reverb is sometimes added to a track to create width and depth, but also to dress up an otherwise boring sound. The real secret is how much to use and how to adjust its various parameters. Let’s look at some of the reasons to add reverb in this excerpt from my book, The Audio Mixing Bootcamp.… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogSlideshowEngineerProcessorStudio



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