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Articles Tagged Bruce A Miller

  • 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
    image
    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

  • Monday, November 04, 2013
    in the studio
    Bruce A. Miller 11/04/13 03:52 PM,
    This article is provided by BAMaudioschool.com.   If you’re a doctor, you can’t operate if you do not know what you should and should not cut. If you’re a mechanic, you can’t repair a car unless you know how the engine parts work together to move the car. As an engineer, you are a technician, but one that works with creative material. Yes, you can approach it purely like a technician, but you won’t be able to perform as well… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallBusinessEducationEngineerMonitoringSignalStudioTechnician

  • Tuesday, October 15, 2013
    recording
    Bruce A. Miller 10/15/13 04:39 PM,
    This article is provided by BAMaudioschool.com.   The recording engineer’s job is to create an environment conducive to musical creativity and then capture that creativity. I often say that. Headphones are usually the only way that a musician will be able to hear themselves and (more importantly) how what they’re playing works with the rest of the band. Every musician will ask to hear themselves much louder than everyone else. This makes sense as it will allow them to play… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallBusinessEngineerLoudspeakerMonitoringProcessorSignalStudio

  • Tuesday, October 08, 2013
    recording
    Bruce A. Miller 10/08/13 09:14 AM,
    This article is provided by BAMaudioschool.com.   I’ve come to realize that many of my mixes follow a specific approach. The decisions made, directions pursued, imagery, sounds achieved, and overall production approach in each mix will vary greatly based on the musical genre and even my mood. The vocal on a lush ballad will most likely sound and feel very different from the “hype” vocal in a rap song.  Regardless, I will have probably used some or all of the… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallConsolesEngineerMixerMonitoringSignalStudioTechnician