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What is a Preamplifier? Why Do We Need Them?

Tuesday - May 17, 2016 Studio Recording

It goes like this:  If you're recording with a microphone then you need to use a preamplifier, no questions asked. It is 100% possible to record without one and you have the same percentage of a chance to get horrible results.  The reason I'm so adamant about this is that I recorded my first 30 songs […]

Headroom in Audio Recording: What, Why, & How

Sunday - Feb 21, 2016 Studio Recording

What in the world is headroom?  Why should we care?  Even if we did care, how the heck do we use it? These are the three most common questions surrounding this mysterious topic.  Most people who are trying to record a song aren't interested in perfection, so they just hit the 'record' button and go. […]

Microphone Pickup Patterns: Understanding & Using Directionality

Thursday - Oct 22, 2015 Studio Recording

Imagine this scenario: you have a bluegrass band that has four members and they want to record live with all four members.  So you make them stand at the four points of a square facing each other so they can jive off each other's energy.  You go for close miking on each band member to isolate […]

Taming Sibilance and Plosives

Monday - Oct 19, 2015 Studio Recording

"How come every time I say word that features a 'B' or 'P' syllable, it sounds like I'm hitting a kick drum with my voice?  And then every time I use a word with an 'S' or a 'T' it sounds like a snake is hissing through a football coach's whistle?" Knowing why this happens […]

The Microphone Proximity Effect

Sunday - Oct 4, 2015 Studio Recording

For studio engineers involved in tracking and mixing, the eternal war wages on.  We want our final results nice and warm in the low and mid-range of the frequency spectrum, but it's always easy to venture off too far and end up with muddy results that lack clarity and punch.  A phrase you'll often hear […]

How to Setup a Recording Studio

Tuesday - Sep 8, 2015 Studio Recording

Go ahead and freak out if you want to, but it's totally unnecessary.  This easy guide will have you becoming a studio tech wizard in ten minutes flat.  No longer will you look at a piece of gear and experience your brain slowly shutting down under the sheer anxiety of wondering what you're going to […]