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  • Friday, April 10, 2015
    recording
    Bruce A. Miller 04/10/15 02:12 PM,
    This article is provided by BAMaudioschool.com.   Once upon a time I was doing the typical thing of going with what I was told worked or what I watched the engineers I had assisted do.  Specifically, I was recording piano with a pair of matching microphones in an XY pattern around the hammers. I knew about many approaches (another mic at the far end of the piano and then pan that mic over to the bass side of the stereo… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallEngineerMicrophoneMixerProcessorSignalStudio

  • Wednesday, January 14, 2015
    compression
    Bruce A. Miller 01/14/15 04:25 PM,
    This article is provided by BAMaudioschool.com.   The compressor is a wonderful tool when used properly, however, often the basics of compression are misunderstood, leaving audio that would have been better left untouched. A compressor is a threshold effect that will squeeze dynamic range. If a sound has dynamics (increases and decreases in volume), a compressor will push them together.  This type of effect is called compression and is not to be confused with computer files compression (making files smaller)… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallEducationMeasurementProcessorSignalStudio

  • Wednesday, December 10, 2014
    recording
    Bruce A. Miller 12/10/14 02:12 PM,
    This article is provided by BAMaudioschool.com.   My first day as a real engineer rather than an assistant was all about bass. The engineer (who was the studio manager as well) took a break after we recorded basic tracks on a Salsa song. Before leaving the room he told me to punch where the bassist wanted. I started, and was easily able to hear and punch individual notes rather than whole phrases. A few times I disagreed about which note… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallEngineerInterconnectMicrophoneProcessorSignalStudio

  • Thursday, October 16, 2014
    sound waves
    Bruce A. Miller 10/16/14 03:04 PM,
    This article is provided by BAMaudioschool.com.   Sound waves vibrate up and down in repeating cycles while they bounce around. Besides having positive and negative phases (when the sound is going up or going down), the cycles have physical length needed for a complete cycle back to the starting point (“wavelength”). High-frequency sounds are made from rapidly moving sound waves that can complete a cycle in a short distance, while low frequency sounds are made from slowly moving sound waves… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallEducationMeasurementMicrophoneProcessorSignalSound ReinforcementStudio

  • Wednesday, May 07, 2014
    recording
    Bruce A. Miller 05/07/14 04:59 PM,
    This article is provided by BAMaudioschool.com.   Many people say that older records “feel” better. They also complain that much of today’s music seems “sterile.” I believe a big part of this is because these days so much music is made in sequencers or by bands playing individual parts rather than together. As a result, you lose the dynamics that I feel are important in music. Live music played by a group of musicians (even if the drummer is playing… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallConsolesEngineerMixerProcessorStudio

  • Monday, March 10, 2014
    monitors
    Bruce A. Miller 03/10/14 04:21 PM,
    This article is provided by BAMaudioschool.com.   Simply, good monitors are very important. Video productions monitor using screens. Audio productions monitor using loudspeakers that are driven by amplifiers. Every decision made in a musical production (not only regarding sounds but also arrangements and even performances) is based on what everyone is hearing. For example, if you’re recording a bass sound and the monitors sound thin, you may mistakenly believe that the bass sound itself is thin and compensate by adding… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallAmplifierLoudspeakerMonitoringSignalStudio

  • Monday, March 03, 2014
    recording
    Bruce A. Miller 03/03/14 03:10 PM,
    This article is provided by BAMaudioschool.com.   The drums must provide the rhythmic foundation and centered and strong. The vocal has to be loud. The bass has to thump. The guitars have to wail. Or do they? Too often people mix on autopilot, processing each instrument into typical roles…without really considering what they are doing. If you ‘ve tried to understand the feeling of the song you’re mixing, you may realize that the instruments before you would best support that… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallConsolesDigitalEngineerMixerProcessorSignalStudio

  • Thursday, February 06, 2014
    recording
    Bruce A. Miller 02/06/14 11:19 AM,
    This article is provided by BAMaudioschool.com.   Signal path refers to the path that sound makes while being processed. Recording signal paths include: Sound Source > Capturing Device > Wire From Capturing Device To Console Channel Input > Channel Volume, EQ, Etc. > Channel Output To Recorder Track Mixing signal paths include: Recorder Track To Console Channel Input > Channel Processing, Volume, Pan, Etc. > Channel Output To Stereo Bus > Main Stereo Output Master Fader > Final Mix In… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallConsolesInterconnectMixerProcessorSignalStudio

  • Monday, December 23, 2013
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    Bruce A. Miller 12/23/13 10:46 PM,
    This article is provided by BAMaudioschool.com.   Often, a young engineer will start to position microphones based on what they see done by others or read in a magazine. Sometimes they experiment and move the mics to see if the sound improves, but usually once someone ends up with a mic setup they like they stop trying to improve it. There are certain standard approaches that have been successful, but even these approaches should never be considered “etched in stone.”… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallEducationEngineerMicrophoneSignalStudio

  • Monday, November 11, 2013
    recording
    Bruce A. Miller 11/11/13 06:01 PM,
    This article is provided by BAMaudioschool.com.   Once upon a time there was no recorded music, and you could only listen to live music. Brilliant musical performances occurred and vanished into the air except for whatever musical memories or emotions were remembered by the listeners. Early recordings were made with a single microphone cutting direct to vinyl. Then came tape, then stereo tape and so on to 8, 16 and even 24 tracks. As track numbers increased, engineers were able… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallEngineerMixerSignalStudioTechnician