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  • Friday, February 15, 2013
    Pat Brown 02/15/13 06:22 PM,
    A small omnidirectional microphone element can be a versatile tool. Mics of this type are available from most of the major manufacturers. Their small size allows them to be placed very close to sound sources, even inside of instruments. The pickup pattern of a small mic element can be modified by the use of boundaries. When a sound wave encounters a boundary, there is a small region near the boundary where the incoming and reflected wave are effectively synchronous in… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallMicrophoneSound ReinforcementStage

  • Thursday, February 14, 2013
    Matthew Weiss 02/14/13 05:22 PM,
    This article is provided by the Pro Audio Files.   It’s no secret, the creation and distribution of music today can be done 100 percent from home – and the means to do so are fairly accessible.  However, this isn’t to say that DIY is necessarily the best way to go. It can be difficult navigating a musical production, so hopefully this article will offer some insights. Going Pro – The Pros Specialists: Pros are pros for a reason –… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogDigital Audio WorkstationsEngineerStudioTechnician

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    Chris Huff 02/14/13 04:09 PM,
    This article is provided by Behind The Mixer.   Don’t let your backing vocal mixing be an afterthought. Backing vocals can define the quality of your mix.  Looking back at my last 20 years of mixing, I’ve seen worship teams with anywhere from one to five backing vocalists. Backing vocalists can sing in different ways for supporting the song and/or the lead vocalist. Let’s get down to mixing… Before jumping into the top seven, let’s first look at where backing… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallProductionAudioConsolesEngineerMixerSignalSound ReinforcementStageTechnician

  • Wednesday, February 13, 2013
    Bobby Owsinski 02/13/13 05:23 PM,
    Here’s an excerpt from The Mixing Engineer’s Handbook, Second Edition, available here. Most great mixers think in three dimensions. They think “Tall, Deep and Wide,” which means to make sure that all the frequencies are represented, make sure the mix has depth, then make sure it has some stereo dimension as well. The “Tall” dimension (which is called “Frequency Range”) is the result of knowing what sounds right as a result of having a reference point. This reference point can… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallConsolesEngineerMixerStudioTechnician

  • Wednesday, February 06, 2013
    Matthew Weiss 02/06/13 04:49 PM,
    This article is provided by the Pro Audio Files.   My primary gig is mixing – so I’m down stream of most of the production and pre-production. I spent a long time facing issues that I just couldn’t seem to solve: It doesn’t feel right, my mid-range is weak, I can’t get a sense of dimension, the kick and bass are clashing. No matter how much I EQ’d, compressed, worked out the reverb, it just wouldn’t quite seem to gel.… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallDigital Audio WorkstationsProcessorSignalStudio

  • Tuesday, February 05, 2013
    Bobby Owsinski 02/05/13 05:42 AM,
    This article is provided by Bobby Owsinski.   Here’s an excerpt from The Music Producer’s Handbook regarding a checklist for overdubs. If you want your overdubs to go fast and easy, follow this list. It works every time. Do you have a list of overdub priorities? Do you know which overdubs absolutely must get done and which ones are less important? A list will keep you on track budget-wise and time-wise. Can you record in the control room? Most players… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallEducationEngineerStudioTechnician

  • Friday, February 01, 2013
    Bruce Bartlett 02/01/13 03:53 PM,
    Remote recording is exhilarating. Musicians, excited by the audience, often put on a stellar performance. Usually you only get one chance to get it recorded, and it must be done right. It’s on the edge, but by the end of the night, especially if everything has gone as planned – what a great feeling! Challenges abound. Monitors can feed back and/or leak into the vocal microphones, coloring the sound. Bass sound can leak into the drum mics, and the drums… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallMicrophoneSignalStageWireless

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    Joe Gilder 02/01/13 03:24 PM,
    This article is provided by Home Studio Corner.   G.I.R.A.T.S. — what is that all about? What does it stand for? It stands for something that you should print out and plaster all over your studio. It should be on your computer desktop and screensaver. It should be the motto behind EVERYTHING you do in your studio. What is it? GET IT RIGHT AT THE SOURCE. I’ve said it plenty of times before, but I can think of no better… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogConsolesDigital Audio WorkstationsMicrophoneStudio

  • Thursday, January 31, 2013
    Matthew Weiss 01/31/13 03:05 PM,
    This article is provided by the Pro Audio Files.   The original idea for this article was to write something on getting great vocal production. But as I started formulating the ideas, I realize they kind of apply to music globally. I feel that the basis of great music is fairly simple. Recorded music is a transcription of feelings. Much like how a microphone converts sound waves into electricity, and speakers convert electricity into sound — emotion is converted into… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallProductionAudioEngineerStudioTechnician

  • Wednesday, January 30, 2013
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    Dave Rat 01/30/13 05:14 PM,
    I enjoy seeking parallels and connections between various aspects of the world that surrounds us in search of clarifying analogies. One of those connections occurred to me not long ago while doing one of my sound seminars. I was looking for a way to clearly explain the theories I implement when equalizing live sound systems. Though mixing a live event can be a complex process with many factors that need to be simultaneously juggled, it’s possible to look at mixing… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductionAudioConsolesEngineerMeasurementMixerSignalSound Reinforcement