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AES and SynAudCon member Bruce Bartlett is a recording engineer, audio journalist, and microphone engineer. His latest books are “Practical Recording Techniques 7th Edition” and “Recording Music On Location 2nd Edition.”
Latest Posts by Bruce
Recording Techniques: The Effects Of Microphone Placement On Banjo Tone
Some time ago I decided I wanted to find out how the location of a microphone near a banjo affects the tone quality you hear.
Not Typical: Unusual Microphone Techniques
This article is provided by Bartlett Audio. Getting a little bored with the same old “tried-and-true”…
Capturing The Moment: Microphone Approaches For Live Recording
This article is provided by Bartlett Microphones. Remote recording is exhilarating. Musicians, excited by the audience,…
How A Cardioid Microphone Really Works
This article is provided by Bartlett Audio. As if by magic, cardioid microphones can pick up…
Helping Clients Make The Most Of Studio Time Whether Mixing Or Recording
"We can't afford to record in a studio, so we'll record everything on our sanctuary and you can mix it". Sound familiar?
A Hollow Quality: Exploring Comb Filtering & Flanging
Imagine that you’re miking a singing guitarist. There’s a mic on the singer and another on the guitar. When you mix those two signals together,…
Not As Simple As They Look?
Besides sound quality, there really isn’t much to think about when it comes to microphones, right? Well, guess again! Like all elements of a sound…
Church Sound: EQ Basics & Essentials
This article is provided by Bartlett Audio. Suppose you’re listening to the house sound system reproducing…
In The Studio: Microphone Leakage—How It Sounds & How To Control It
Suppose you’re recording a jazz session, close-miking a drum kit and a piano at the same time (Figure 1, below). When soloing the drum mics,…
A Beautiful Sonic Treat: Microphone Approaches For Acoustic Performances
Take a breath of fresh air on a country morning. That’s the sensation you get from a well-amplified acoustic ensemble. Guitar, upright bass, mandolin, dulcimer,…
Capturing The Moment: Microphone Techniques For Live Recording
Perhaps the most exciting type of recording comes in the live realm, whether it be in a club or concert hall or stadium. Many musicians…
Lessons Learned: Adventures In Mixing A Jazz Festival
Festivals always serve to teach new tricks to even the most experienced of sound professionals among us, as I learn every year when setting up…
Mic Techniques For Taming The Live Stage
Approaches for controlling feedback and leakage as well as fostering delivery of clean, natural sound
Capturing The Stage: Microphone Approaches For The Performing Arts
The live sound world goes well beyond the concert realm into areas such as the performing arts, including theatrical plays, musicals, and opera. It also…
“We Need More Power, Captain!” But Just How Much Amplifier Power Is Needed?
There are two goals: Power the loudspeakers so they play as loudly as possible without burning out; achieve a certain loudness in a certain venue. Here's an exhaustive overview covering both topics and much more.