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A Mastering Engineer’s View On A Quality Mix

Who is really responsible for a fantastic sounding master? Mixing is justifiably a bigger subject than mastering and would easily fill a book or two by itself. For that reason, rather than give a tutorial on mixing, I am simply… Read More

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A Mastering Engineer’s View On A Quality Mix

Who is really responsible for a fantastic sounding master? Mixing is justifiably a bigger subject than mastering and would easily fill a book or two by itself. For that reason, rather than give a tutorial on mixing, I am simply… Read More

Church Sound: Why Hire A Systems Integrator?

I was recently asked by a reader for some suggestions on helping his church’s leadership understand the need to hire an integrator for new building project. This is something we talk about a lot. Sadly, most churches don’t do it… Read More

In The Studio: Mic With Your Ears, Not Your Eyes

Often, a young engineer will start to position microphones based on what they see done by others or read in a magazine. Sometimes they experiment and move the mics to see if the sound improves, but usually once someone ends… Read More

Top Five Reasons Mic Preamps Matter

Few topics stir up more debate than microphone preamplifiers. With dozens, if not hundreds of different brands, models, shapes, sizes, variations, and configurations to choose from, it’s no wonder mic preamps are among the most misunderstood pieces of the audio… Read More

Transfer Function Measurements With Smaart v8

This article is intended for those who have not yet gathered the courage to start using measurement software as a support tool for sound system tuning, be it for lack of knowledge or insufficient encouragement. Here we’ll cover the basics… Read More

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Many live mixes are not only too loud, but also sonically unbalanced. I got to thinking about this (again) when recently re-reading “How Loud Does It Need To Be?” by… Read More

What It Really Means To Equalize The Room

“I’m going to equalize the room.” We’ve all heard that statement so many times that we scarcely think about what it literally means. We know that in practical terms it means adjusting an equalizer to suit your taste. It may… Read More

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