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Articles Tagged Bruce Bartlett

  • Tuesday, April 15, 2014
    dpa microphones
    Bruce Bartlett 04/15/14 12:44 PM,
    This article is provided by Bartlett Audio.   Some of the most popular instruments in many genres of music are keyboards, so let’s look at some techniques to capture a grand piano, upright piano, Leslie organ speaker, digital keyboard or synthesizer. Grand Piano This magnificent instrument is a challenge to record well. First have the piano tuned, and oil the pedals to reduce squeaks. You can prevent thumps by stuffing some foam or cloth under the pedal mechanism. One popular… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallConsolesMicrophoneProcessorSignalStudio

  • Saturday, March 01, 2014
    phantom power
    Bruce Bartlett 03/01/14 01:20 PM,
    Unsure about phantom power? Let’s clear up the mystery. Nearly all mixing consoles and audio interfaces provide phantom power at their microphone input connectors. Most condenser mics need phantom power to operate, so you simply plug the mic into the mixer to power it. But the ways we use and connect phantom power can make a big difference in how well those mics work. So what, exactly is phantom power, and how do we apply it effectively? Understanding It Phantom… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallConsolesInterconnectMicrophoneMixerPowerSignal

  • Monday, January 13, 2014
    condenser microphones
    Bruce Bartlett 01/13/14 01:53 PM,
    For decades, dynamic microphones were the only choice for live applications due to their ruggedness. Live engineers didn’t want to take delicate, expensive condenser mics on the road. All of that’s changed now that condensers have been made more robust and roadworthy, and they’re quite capable of handling a wide range of live applications. First let’s explore the inner design. A condenser (or capacitor) capsule has a very thin, light, conductive diaphragm and a metal backplate mounted a few thousandths… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductStudy HallMicrophoneSound ReinforcementStageWireless

  • Wednesday, January 08, 2014
    Bruce Bartlett 01/08/14 04:22 PM,
    This article is provided by Bartlett Audio.   Suppose you’re listening to the house sound system reproducing a play or musical. Some of the actors’ voices sound “puffy” or “muffled,” as if they were covered in a blanket. Other actors might sound “spitty” or overly sibilant.   Fortunately, those problems can be fixed with the equalization knobs (EQ) in your mixing console. EQ adjusts the bass, treble, and midrange of a sound by turning up or down certain frequency ranges.… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallDigitalEducationMixerProcessorSignalStudioSystem

  • Tuesday, November 19, 2013
    installation microphones
    Bruce Bartlett 11/19/13 06:35 PM,
    Many challenges in professional audio can be addressed with more than one solution. A good example is microphones – there are so many options and so many ways to deploy them. Let’s take a look at a variety of mic solutions that have come to be considered “installed” in their nature, but the truth is that many of these products and solutions can produce great results in several sound reinforcement applications. GOOSENECK These are also called lectern or podium microphones,… View this story
    Filed in: AVFeatureBlogStudy HallAVInstallationMicrophoneSound Reinforcement

  • Thursday, September 26, 2013
    Bruce Bartlett 09/26/13 01:24 PM,
    This article is provided by Bartlett Microphones.   Condenser microphones need phantom power to operate their internal circuitry. The power is supplied to the mic through its 2-conductor shielded cable, and can be provided either from a stand-alone device or from a mixing console (at each mic connector). The microphone receives power from, and sends audio to, the mixer along the same cable conductors. It’s called “phantom” because the power does not need a separate cable; it’s “hiding” in the… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallInterconnectMicrophoneMixerPowerSignal

  • Thursday, September 05, 2013
    Bruce Bartlett 09/05/13 05:38 PM,
    It seems an impossible task. You want to record several unaccompanied singers with very good isolation between them (low leakage). But you can’t use isolation booths. The singers need to see each other for visual cues and hear each other easily. The goal is to record them all at once in the same room, yet isolate the sound of each singer—without any audio problems. Recording engineer Jack Gregory and I faced that challenge when recording the talented A Cappella Christian-music… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallEngineerMicrophoneSignalStudioSystem

  • Wednesday, July 24, 2013
    church sound
    Bruce Bartlett 07/24/13 04:38 PM,
    As if by magic, cardioid microphones can pick up what they are aimed at, but reject sounds to the side and rear. For example, talk into a cardioid mic from all sides while listening to its output. Your reproduced voice will be loudest when you talk into the front of the mic and softest when you talk into the rear. Because they discriminate against sounds to the sides and rear, cardioid designs help reject unwanted sounds such as room acoustics… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureStudy HallMicrophoneSignal

  • Friday, June 07, 2013
    Bruce Bartlett 06/07/13 02:14 PM,
    Tiny microphones worn by performers are a wonderful tool for live sound. These nearly invisible mics permit hands-free operation. They allow freedom of movement, clear sound and very good gain-before-feedback. The two most common types of miniature mics are headworn and lavalier. Let’s look at their operating principles and application. Using Your Head Headworn mics work great for singers, actors and lecturers. They have a stiff-wire structure that loops around the ear, while a thin adjustable boom extends along the… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallMicrophoneSound ReinforcementWireless

  • Tuesday, June 04, 2013
    Recording Gospel Music
    Bruce Bartlett 06/04/13 12:43 PM,
    One of the most memorable events in The Blues Brothers is the scene where a church congregation dances to the gospel band. The dancers do insanely high flips and cartwheels to this exuberant, joyful music. I was honored to make a studio recording of similar music played by a top local gospel band, the Mighty Messengers. Here’s a look at my recording process, along with several audio examples in mp3 files. The Recording On the day of the session, we… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallDigital Audio WorkstationsEngineerMicrophoneSoftwareStudioTechnician

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