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Articles Tagged Techniques

  • Friday, July 01, 2016
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    Craig Leerman 07/01/16 06:06 AM,
    Some of us may only have access to a limited microphone inventory in our day-to-day work, while others may have a wider range of choices. Regardless, most tend to stick with “go-to” favorites in terms of both mics and techniques. There’s rarely if ever the luxury of testing different mics and positioning at sound check, so we opt for what we know works. Amidst this routine, however, there are bound to be situations where a creative, unusual mic choice and/or… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureStudy HallAVEducationEngineerMicrophoneSound ReinforcementStageWireless

  • Wednesday, June 29, 2016
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    Daniel Keller 06/29/16 11:46 AM,
    Courtesy of Universal Audio.   You’ve prepared for this recording for months. Your guitarist has spent hours, even days, agonizing over the tone for her solo. Your singer has wrestled over and over again with what now amounts to an awesome vocal. Your drummer’s locked in to the click track tighter than a proverbial gnat’s posterior. And yet, somehow, something’s still not right. The tracks just don’t pop the way they do in your imagination. While you’ve been working hard… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureStudy HallDigital Audio WorkstationsMicrophoneMixerSignalSoftwareStudio

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    Karl Winkler 06/29/16 06:27 AM,
    A book I recently read and reviewed for the AES Journal got me thinking about the blend of art and science we face regularly in professional audio. The book, “Audio Production and Critical Listening; Technical Ear Training” by Jason Corey (Focal Press/CRC Press), is a very comprehensive work and covers every conceivable approach to ear training for mix engineers. As with music, I believe that ear training is important in the audio world. Corey covers everything from EQ to dynamics… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallConcertEducationEngineerSound ReinforcementStage

  • Tuesday, June 28, 2016
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    Mike Sessler 06/28/16 12:00 PM,
    This article is provided by ChurchTechArts.   A while back, I was having a discussion about the sound quality of our monitors with our sax player. He’s a very discriminating guy who really knows sound. If he says he needs 185 cut 3 dB, he needs 185 cut at 3 dB. As we listened to his wedge, it was clear that the sound he was putting out of his horn was not being faithfully reproduced by the wedge. I knew… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureStudy HallEngineerLoudspeakerMonitoringSoftwareSound ReinforcementStage

  • Tuesday, June 21, 2016
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    Bruce Bartlett 06/21/16 06:22 AM,
    This article is provided by Bartlett Audio.   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… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallConsolesInterconnectMicrophoneMixerPowerSignal

  • 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

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    Karl Winkler 06/13/16 06:30 AM,
    Being the online forum lurker that I sometimes am, there are times when I’m struck by a pattern or trend that was never clear before (for whatever reason). It happened just a while ago, and the context is relevant to what we do in our business of live sound. This particular discussion, on a music forum, was a thread about “the great tone we’ve spent years perfecting that is destroyed when it goes through a PA.” (You guessed it –… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogOpinionEngineerMixerSound ReinforcementStageTechnician

  • Friday, June 10, 2016
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    Mike Sessler 06/10/16 06:23 AM,
    This article is provided by ChurchTechArts.   Editor’s Note: This story originally ran in December 2010, but the information is still very relevant and worthy of repeating. This week is production week for us at Coast Hills. And it’s quite a production; Gunch! is an (almost) all-original musical-style stage play with an 80+ member cast, 13 person pit band and five performances over the weekend with an expected attendance of 4500+. It’s quite an undertaking. This past Friday was opening… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureStudy HallAVEngineerSound ReinforcementStageTechnician

  • Thursday, June 09, 2016
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    Bruce A. Miller 06/09/16 06:19 AM,
    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 HallEducationEngineerStudio

  • Wednesday, June 08, 2016
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    M. Erik Matlock 06/08/16 10:28 AM,
    Church on the Move (COTM) in Tulsa is the home to Pastor Willie George, a passionate minister who was first introduced to me through a series of videos that my oldest daughter watched in children’s church. That was over 20 years ago, and COTM has since grown into one of the most respected and well-known churches in America. At the helm of the church’s seven-day-a-week schedule, assuming responsibility for all aspects of live production, is another person I’ve found to… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureEngineer



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