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Articles Tagged Vocals

  • Monday, December 08, 2014
    dpa
    PSW Staff 12/08/14 09:14 AM,
    Coinciding with the reopening of an iconic Manhattan venue, PBS recently broadcast a 60-minute primetime special, Michael Feinstein at The Rainbow Room, as part of its Fall Arts Festival programming. A DPA microphone user, Feinstein’s long-time production manager and front of house engineer Andy Brattain ensured that the performer’s microphone of choice was used for the taping, which included a variety show and a series of big band performances. As a result, several DPA microphones were used for the production,… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundRecordingNewsEngineerMicrophoneRemoteSound ReinforcementStage

  • Tuesday, November 18, 2014
    akg
    PSW Staff 11/18/14 02:31 PM,
    Noted singer-songwriter Edwin McCain plays a concert schedule of more than 300 nights a year backed by the Edwin McCain Band, utilizing a Harman’s AKG WMS4500 wireless system for his acoustic and electric guitars and another WMS4500 system with an HT4500 wireless transmitter and C535 capsule for his vocals. “The C535 is the perfect complement to the sound of my voice,” McCain notes, citing the condenser microphone’s ability to reproduce all the nuances of his voice from rough-edged to smooth… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundRecordingNewsConcertMicrophoneSound ReinforcementWireless

  • Wednesday, October 29, 2014
    beatles
    Bobby Owsinski 10/29/14 01:20 PM,
    This article is provided by Bobby Owsinski.   The Beatles “Something” is one of the most covered songs ever, and may be George Harrison’s best song. That’s why it’s so cool to go back and have a listen to the isolated vocal track from this song from the iconic Abbey Road album. Here’s what to listen for: 1. The vocal is very in tune, which can’t always be said for vocals from this era. 2. You’ll hear the nice Abbey… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogVideoEngineerMicrophoneProcessorSignalStudio

  • Friday, August 08, 2014
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    PSW Staff 08/08/14 02:10 PM,
    Singer Barbara Straathof is enjoying unexpected success after her exposure in season 3 of the TV show “The Voice Of Holland.” After rising demand for her appearances following participation on the show, one of her first professional decisions was to choose a microphone system for her rapidly building live schedule. “For my live work, I decided to do a test with three different microphones,” says Straathof. “I promised my engineer that I would come and check out this system he… View this story
    Filed in: AVLive SoundNewsAVConcertMicrophoneSound ReinforcementSystemWireless

  • Monday, August 04, 2014
    microphones
    Bruce Bartlett 08/04/14 01:34 PM,
    Getting a little bored with the same old “tried-and-true” microphones and techniques? Let’s have some fun with fresh approaches that are off the beaten path. Vocals To create a differential (noise-canceling) mic, tape two identical omni mics together, one over the other, separated by a block of wood (Figure 1). Mix both mics at equal levels but with one mic switched in opposite polarity. Have the performer sing close to the top mic. Many years ago, the Grateful Dead used… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallEngineerMicrophoneSound ReinforcementWireless

  • Friday, August 01, 2014
    recording
    Barry Rudolph 08/01/14 05:33 AM,
    During a session, I remember when an artist was on mic, out in the studio ready to start vocal overdubs, and the producer asked: “How do we look in here from out there?” Interesting, because he knew the appearance of the control room to the artist might affect the vocal performance. The control room (from the studio) does look like an aquarium with the huge window and the silent action of the animals encased within it. Reactions to performances reflected… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallAnalogConsolesDigitalEngineerMicrophoneProcessorSoftwareStudio

  • Monday, July 14, 2014
    microphones
    PSW Staff 07/14/14 10:09 AM,
    Perhaps more than any other pro audio component, microphones are a personal choice, subject to the specific preferences and goals of both users and sound techs/engineers. Manufacturers continue to create new mics in a wide range of formats, sizes, and price points, stemming from a healthy mix of innovative development, refinement of previous technologies, specialization of mics to specific applications, and changes in manufacturing. For decades, dynamic mics were pretty much the exclusive choice for live applications due to their… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductSlideshowInterconnectMicrophoneSound ReinforcementWireless

  • Thursday, June 19, 2014
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    Jeffrey P. Fisher 06/19/14 07:33 AM,
    This article is provided by the Fisher Creative Group.   Dialog is the primary sound element around which all other post audio revolves. Unfortunately, a common problem we often encounter is how to prevent music and other sound elements from stepping all over the dialog track so you can understand all the words. Here’s the secret: You must create a space for the voice track, a kind of hole in the soundtrack, reserved for speech with the music, sound effects,… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallConsolesEngineerMixerProcessorSignalSoftwareStudio

  • Tuesday, June 03, 2014
    countryman
    PSW Staff 06/03/14 01:26 PM,
    Michael DeMartini is a busy musician. As a member of two bands—one, performing dance music of many styles, the other a Polynesian ensemble—he regularly switches among a Taylor 6-string, an Ovation Double neck 12/6 guitar, or a lap steel guitar while also handling vocal responsibilities. By selecting a Countryman E6 Earset microphone for use with a Shure wireless system, he can now change instruments without worrying about getting back to the microphone in time. “Because I’m constantly switching instruments during… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundNewsConcertMicrophoneSound ReinforcementWireless

  • Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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    PSW Staff 03/18/14 11:21 AM,
    Fran Healey, the lead singer of U.K. band Travis, and Marti Pellow, the lead singer of Wet Wet Wet, are the latest in the growing list of vocalists to switch to DPA d:facto vocal microphones. In both cases, the artists made the change on the recommendation of their live sound engineer, Tom Wiggans. “I have no problem recommending DPA’s new d:facto microphone because I’m so impressed with the results it has delivered for Fran and Marti – and for Dougie… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundNewsConcertMicrophoneSound ReinforcementStageWireless