Choosing A Vocal Mic

Choosing A Vocal Mic

January 14, 2021 1 Comment

When it comes to picking your ideal vocal mic, you can read for days about various recommendations, polar patterns, frequency response, mic styles, SPL, response curves, proximity effect, and so on. But since the human voice is so variable, specific recommendations can easily lead you astray.

Instead, we’ll go over the major considerations which will narrow your choices down significantly – and then it’s just a matter of listening.

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Using Compression On Stage

Using Compression On Stage

December 28, 2020 1 Comment

In the studio, compression is probably the most important tool in an engineer’s arsenal – both in the mix and during tracking sessions. Properly used, compression can bring elements forward, fit them in the mix, shape tone and timbre, and glue mixes together.

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In Studio: Track Band Together, or Separately

In Studio: Track Band Together, or Separately?

November 13, 2020

By now it’s an age-old question: should we track the band together as if we were playing live or should we try to get the cleanest signals and performances possible by tracking separately?

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Vocal Gain Staging

Vocal Gain Staging

November 11, 2020 2 Comments

On stage and in the studio, a clean vocal signal is often the determining factor in deciding if things sound great, just ok, or downright bad.

Achieving a clean vocal signal seems straight forward enough, but it turns out it’s easier than you might think to get tripped up. We’ll go over some basic guidelines for getting a reliable, clean vocal signal every time – whether you’re in a noisy bar or a home studio.

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The "Golden Ratio" in Sound

The "Golden Ratio" in Sound

October 19, 2020 4 Comments

In mathematics, if two numbers have the same ratio as the ratio of their sum to the larger of the two numbers, they’re said to be in the “golden ratio.” If that sounds like Greek, don’t worry. The “golden ratio” in sound – more specifically in acoustics, doesn’t require you to understand the mathematical term and all its implications.

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What’s The Big Deal About In-Ear Monitors?

What’s The Big Deal About In-Ear Monitors?

October 16, 2020 1 Comment

We’ve talked about protecting your hearing on stage. We’ve talked about various simple set ups for your solo act. We’ve talked about cleaning up your stage sound and keeping your stage organized.

One constant in all these discussions is the value of in-ear monitors. In-ears, as they are typically known, serve multiple purposes – even for a solo act, you might find them useful.

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6 Tips For Better Home Vocal Recording

6 Tips For Better Home Vocal Recording

September 18, 2020 3 Comments

More than ever, home studios are doing the work that was previously only possible in expensive facilities. Recording vocals is one of those things which is especially doable at home, even if your setup is modest. Here are six of our top tips for getting a great vocal recording at home.

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How To Calibrate A Studio Subwoofer

How To Calibrate A Studio Subwoofer

August 27, 2020

If your studio is lacking the low-end punch you need to hear what you’re doing with the bass frequencies, you might want to add a subwoofer to your setup. You may have even picked up something like Carvin Audio’s TRX3118A active subwoofer, but what you may not have thought about is how to set the level of your new sub.

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Limited To Outdoor Events? A Portable PA Will Help

Limited To Outdoor Events? A Portable PA Will Help

August 20, 2020 1 Comment

The COVID-19 pandemic has lasted a lot longer than anyone hoped, and one area hit hard has been the live event industry. Whether you’re a gigging musician, public speaker, or run a church pastor, you no doubt have had to adjust and change your way of doing things.

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3 Simple Set Ups For Your Solo or Duo Act

3 Simple Set Ups For Your Solo or Duo Act

August 17, 2020

Whether you’re paring down your full band or your whole act is designed to be solo or a duet, you’ve got a big advantage when it comes to finding places to play. You can keep things nice and simple, which means no matter what the situation, you can sound great with minimal trouble.

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Protecting Your Hearing In The Studio

Protecting Your Hearing In The Studio

July 30, 2020

We talked recently about protecting your hearing on stage, which is vitally important if you want to continue performing for any length of time. What’s not talked about as often is protecting your hearing as a studio musician, engineer, mixer, or producer.

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Quick Home Studio Acoustics Primer

Quick Home Studio Acoustics Primer

July 27, 2020 2 Comments

Many musicians and home studio enthusiasts place top priority on expensive plugins, computers, monitors, and other gear. Those are great things, but the well-initiated know that when it comes to making a home studio great, acoustics is where you can get the most bang for your buck.

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