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Articles Tagged Mixing

  • Friday, March 11, 2016
    Bruce A. Miller 03/11/16 06:55 AM,
    This article is provided by   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, March 10, 2016
    Joe Shambro 03/10/16 06:45 AM,
    Have you thought about just how much processing power we, as mix engineers of the digital age, carry around in our live rigs, even in the most simple setups – and what that processing power would look like represented in outboard gear? A few years ago, adding any level of expanded capability, let alone having the luxury of adding “flavor” to a console, involved a great deal of effort. You’d need to carefully select the amount of outboard gear to… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallConsolesDigitalNetworkingProcessorSoftwareSound Reinforcement

  • Tuesday, March 08, 2016
    Chris Huff 03/08/16 11:37 AM,
    This article is provided by Behind The Mixer.   No place is an engineer’s talent more tested than with vocals. A singer’s range, frequency characteristics, and vocal style all contribute to the specific sound and how it’s treated in a mix. Song arrangement is another influence. Anything’s possible, whether it’s a lead with backing vocals, multiple leads taking turns, guest vocalists, duets, and many other combinations, and this interplay is another factor in mix decisions. With so many variables and… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundChurch SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallConsolesEngineerMixerProcessorSignalSound Reinforcement

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    Barry Rudolph 03/08/16 06:42 AM,
    With mic choice and signal chain dialed in, listen to your singer over the monitor speakers to determine the correct distance from the microphone. You should have a fixed the initial distance back when you set the microphone height for the singer out in the studio. Some engineers will open a hand and use the distance from the end of the thumb to the end of the baby finger as the starting distance. The volume or level of the human… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallConsolesEngineerMicrophoneMixerProcessorStudio

  • Monday, March 07, 2016
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    Craig Leerman 03/07/16 03:29 PM,
    Today’s digital consoles have an enormous amount of features already built in, but that’s not the end of the story. Many can be expanded even further with additional I/O (input and outputs) via stage boxes as well as networking with various other devices like monitor consoles, personal monitoring systems, and recording/broadcast trucks. In addition, there’s often basic (at least) recording to USB onboard, various ways to interface with digital audio workstations (DAW) and recording units, and more. All of this… View this story
    Filed in: AVLive SoundFeatureProductAVConsolesDigitalProcessorSound ReinforcementStage

  • Friday, March 04, 2016
    PSW Staff 03/04/16 05:37 PM,
    SoundGirls.Org has announced a series of educational events slated for this coming June in Modesto and Nevada City, CA.  First up is the Live Sound Camp for Girls in Modesto on June 20-24, a one-week camp for girls age 12 to 18 who want to learn about live music production. The camp curriculum was designed by industry veterans and teaches the skills and technology to run live sound.  Working in small, collaborative and hands-on groups, the girls learn: —Live Event… View this story
    Filed in: AVLive SoundChurch SoundNewsTrainingAVEducationEngineerMonitoringSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Thursday, March 03, 2016
    Maureen Droney 03/03/16 01:29 PM,
    Excerpted from Mix Masters: Platinum Engineers Reveal Their Secrets for Success.   The most revered and respected pop music of all time is, indisputably, that made by the Beatles. Almost forty years after they were recorded, their words and melodies are still heard all over the world. Even today, producers and musicians speak of Beatles’ records with awe as they strive for some modicum of the artistic and commercial success achieved by those records. And while many much more recent… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureStudy HallEducationEngineerMicrophoneStudio

  • Wednesday, March 02, 2016
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    Jonah Altrove 03/02/16 11:24 AM,
    As sound engineers, we’re tasked with shaping the sound of the artist’s performance. When we’re running our consoles, we’re literally “putting together the pieces” of a song into the product that the audience hears. I’ve found that gaining an understanding of how a song “works” – how different sounds play different roles in the arrangement – help my chances of relating the song to the audience in a way that’s enjoyable and engaging. An awareness of how different instrumental parts… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallConsolesEngineerMixerProcessorSound Reinforcement

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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

  • Friday, February 26, 2016
    Chris Huff 02/26/16 07:17 AM,
    This article is provided by Behind The Mixer.   One Friday night, I used three pairs of ears. I’m not talking about earbuds or anything electronic in nature. I’m talking about real human-tissue ears.  And therein was the key to my success. A friend of mine was a singer in a 30-plus-person barbershop singing group. He told me they could use an experienced sound guy and asked if I was interested.  A few phone calls and emails later, I found… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureStudy HallEngineerMixerSound Reinforcement

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