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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Adjusting To Different Venues

Adjusting To Different Venues

February 26, 2021

It would be awesome if every show was exactly the same, with the exact same crowd, the exact same backline, the exact same setlist, the exact same…

Actually, no it wouldn’t. Live music would be pretty boring if it were always exactly the same. Luckily it turns out it’s not, and unless you’ve got a weekly gig at the same venue every week, you’ll find yourself in a variety of different venues with a wildly different set up, room, and audience from night to night.

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Mid-Side Miking Technique

Mid-Side Miking Technique

February 23, 2021

For some, mid-side miking may be a new-fangled technique shrouded in mystery, but it’s nearly as old as recording itself, and as it turns out, not a difficult technique at all. Invented in 1933 by Alan Blumlein, mid-side technique is a stereo miking technique that can be used on just about anything from guitars to pianos to strings to vocal groups.

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Re-Amping: What Why How

Re-Amping: What, Why, How

January 29, 2021

If you don’t already know what re-amping is, it’s simply the act of taking a signal out of your DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) and running it through a guitar amp and a cabinet, miking the cabinet up and recording the result. Carvin Audio’s V112E Guitar Extension Cab is a good choice for this. This technique is versatile, and you could include any number of processing units in the chain.

That covers the basic what of re-amping. Now let’s talk just a little bit about how and why you would do such a thing.

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Choosing A Vocal Mic

Choosing A Vocal Mic

January 14, 2021

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

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

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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