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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The "Golden Ratio" in Sound

The "Golden Ratio" in Sound

October 19, 2020

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

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

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

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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