Recording Instruments Considerations on Mics and Placement

Recording Instruments - Considerations on Mics and Placement

January 12, 2022

Whether it’s a piano, guitar, or cello, it can be really satisfying to record something you haven’t recorded before. It can also be a little difficult – some instruments' best practices are well documented and some are not. 

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Recording Your Live Show

Recording Your Live Show

December 29, 2021

Sometimes the energy of a live show just can’t be matched in the studio – especially if you’re great at what you do on stage. This has long been known and the “live album” has been a staple of record label catalogs for ages.

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Cable Management 101

Cable Management 101

November 24, 2021

Let’s face it: audio requires a lot of spaghetti. It’s tempting to just throw it all together and jam, but that can lead to a lot of headaches like broken connectors, tripping on cables, inefficient workflows, stress, and noise. So, here is a rundown of some basic cable organization etiquette that should help keep your space tidy and functional.

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Tips For Short Sound Checks

Tips For Short Sound Checks

November 03, 2021

It’d be great if every gig were like the big ones –load in at 9:00 AM done by someone other than you, leisurely 11 AM sound check, lunch and a nap, and time before the gig to get in the right headspace, then walk on stage, grab instruments, and rock socks.

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Common Mistakes That Cause Feedback

Common Mistakes That Cause Feedback

October 13, 2021

Let’s face it, feedback is a nightmare. No one likes a squealing mic stealing the show in the middle of an intimate ballad or a heart-felt anthem. When you first start out on stage, feedback can seem mysterious, but once you’ve got a handle on what causes it, it’s not rocket science to prevent it.

Here we’ll go over a few basic, common-sense mistakes that cause feedback on stage.

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Proper Power Up Sequence Explained

Proper Power Up Sequence Explained

October 07, 2021

For some, which gear to power up first is common sense. Others couldn’t be bothered to pay attention to such trivial details. Some may know which gear to power up first but not why, and for some, this may be the first you’ve heard of this question.

Whatever the case, we’ll go over the proper power up sequence here and explain why it’s important.

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WM5 Wireless Microphone System Demo Video

September 29, 2021

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The WM5 Wireless Microphone System will transform your existing wired microphone into a wireless microphone, giving you the freedom and the simplicity you are looking for. The 5GHz frequency band offers excellent range up to 200 ft and is less crowded than the 2GHz band, reducing your chances of interference from other wireless audio gear. The extremely low noise design and compact size coupled with an intuitive set up makes going wireless an easy process. 

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The Importance of Vocal Warm Ups

The Importance of Vocal Warm-Ups

September 01, 2021

Every musician worth their salt knows how to take care of their instrument. Guitar players know how to change and care for strings. Trumpeters know how to clean their horn. And pianists know when to wipe the keys and call a tuner.

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Quick Tips for Better Vocal Mixing

Quick Tips for Better Vocal Mixing

August 19, 2021

Any vocalist will tell you – the vocal is the most important aspect of any song (unless there are none). Some musicians may disagree, but when it comes to songs with words, it’s an objective truth that the vocal will be the center of attention. Get that right, and plenty of other oddities will be ignored, forgiven, or even appreciated as artistic choice. Get it wrong, and an otherwise flawless song can sound amateurish.

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5 Reasons to Mix Quietly

5 Reasons to Mix Quietly

July 30, 2021

Mixing is an interesting art. If a mix is coming together, you’ll want to jam out. And since you’re hoping people will listen loud, new mixers are often tempting to mix at high volumes. It turns out, however, that mixing at high volumes is the last thing you should do. In fact, professionals across the board use the “conversation” method of setting a listening volume for mixdown: mix at a level where you can comfortably have a conversation over the music.

Here are the top five reasons why you should mix at low volumes.

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Vocal Technique Stage Vs Studio

Vocal Technique: Stage Vs. Studio

July 14, 2021

It’s a common misconception that a singing voice is some sort of set-in-stone trait, like hair color or height. “You have a great voice” is the compliment you’ll hear, rather than “you have great vocal skill”. It’s true that certain genetic traits make voices unique, but using a voice is a skill just like any other instrument.

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Should You Switch to a Wireless Mic

Should You Switch to a Wireless Mic?

July 08, 2021

If you’ve spent any significant amount of time on stage, you’ve become accustomed to tripping over cables. Most stages are strewn with various cables, and backstage can be an epic rat’s nest.

Vocalists who stand at the mic and croon may not mind – after all, they’re not moving around. Singers who like to use the whole stage, though, tend to tangle up. Some singers even love to get into the audience and venture all around the room – not really possible with a wired mic.

So, is it time for you to go wireless?

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