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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Tips For Organizing Your Mix

Tips For Organizing Your Mix

June 16, 2021

It’s always exciting when a song is ready for final mixdown, and most of us want to rush in and get going. But it turns out a little judicious preparation and organization can make mixing faster, easier, more enjoyable, and most of all more effective. After all a cluttered, crazy, mix can be a nightmare.

So, here are a few tips for getting your mix organized right from the start, so you can get your best, most efficient results.

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Microphone Anatomy Basic Introductory

Microphone Anatomy – Basic Introductory

June 09, 2021

Other than the speaker, the microphone is arguably the most important piece in the recording and sound reinforcement chain. It’s also the piece that can affect the quality of your sound the most. With that in mind, it seems wise to know how microphones are built – at least at a basic level.

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Studio Ergonomics

Studio Ergonomics

May 04, 2021

There are as many ways to put together a recording studio as there are musicians, and many find themselves in a variety of spaces as life moves them around. It’s even common for recordists to change the layout of their studios in order to spark enthusiasm.

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Power Conditioners 101

Power Conditioners 101

April 20, 2021

A power conditioner is one of those pieces of equipment that’s not cool or sexy, but an absolute must for any studio or live audio set up. But what is a power conditioner, anyway, and why is it so important? We’ll go over the basics of power conditioners and why they’re a fundamental tool for your rig.

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Five Ways To Save Money On Recording

Five Ways To Save Money On Recording

March 26, 2021

There was a time not so long ago that a band or solo artist would have to hire a real-live studio to record anything. Those days are gone, but it doesn’t mean studios are gone and it doesn’t mean recording doesn’t cost anything now. Since many projects might require a combination of home and studio recording, there are still studio fees to think about, and home recording gear isn’t free.

So, here are five ways to save on recording costs, no matter how you go about things.

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EM900 Wireless In-Ear Monitor System Demo Video

March 04, 2021

 

EM900 Wireless In-Ear Monitor System Demo Video

 

Personal in-ear monitoring will bring your performance to the next level by giving you a new level of confidence with your monitor system. When you hear what you need to hear with new found clarity, your confidence increases as does your energy and performance level. The audience knows when you're on top. Give them the best night after night, with the help of the EM900 system.

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Speaker Anatomy Basic Introductory

Speaker Anatomy – Basic Introductory

March 01, 2021

There’s obviously no more important piece of audio equipment than the speaker – the way we actually hear recordings or the amplified signal from microphones on stage. But unless you make speakers for a living, you may not have much cause to open one up and study the insides – even though it might be nice to understand a bit about them.

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