Written by Andrew Anderson on August 22, 2017 under Studio
Though her career started by chance, Mandy Parnell is entirely intentional at the board, with a careful combination of emotion and reason leading the way.
Written by Davida Rochman on May 23, 2017 under MicrophonesStudio
With a growing legion of accordion players appearing with mainstream acts like Arcade Fire, The E Street Band, and Mumford & Sons, we offer instruction and sound samples for eight accordion miking techniques.
Written by Marc Henshall on April 7, 2017 under Studio
Having recently won a prestigious MPG Award, Andrew Hunt is riding a wave of success built from the ground up. We caught up with Andrew to learn more about his story progressing from a multi-instrumentalist to a talented producer and engineer. Through sharing his journey, it’s plain to see how a real passion for music […]
Written by Andrew Anderson on February 23, 2017 under Studio
Andrew Anderson talks to producer Shel Talmy about recording The Kinks, The Who, The Damned and Bowie and how he really got the crunchy guitar sound on You Really Got Me… Everyone in pro audio has a favourite-sounding record. This is not to be confused with their favourite song – that’s something totally different. No, […]
Written by Marc Henshall on February 23, 2017 under Studio
As an audio engineer, frequently turning your head to a wide variety of musical genres and productions comes with the territory. In the following Engineer Spotlight feature, we speak to recent MPG Engineer of the Year winner, Olga Fitzroy who we learn is no stranger to applying her skills across a broad spectrum. From assisting […]
Written by Justin Boller on December 13, 2016 under MicrophonesStudio
This educational post provides a simple definition of line-level and mic-level signals, explains the differences between them, and describes how to avoid audio problems by matching the right device to the appropriate input.
Written by Paul Crognale on November 23, 2015 under Studio
It’s not everyday you get to interview someone at the absolute top of his game. If you don’t already know his name, Cenzo Townshend is a legendary British Mix Engineer and winner of Mix Engineer of the Year at the Music Producers Guild in both 2009 and 2010. Like many of his peers he started […]
Written by Marc Henshall on August 5, 2015 under LiveStudio
Guitarists have a reputation for major contribution to volume wars on-stage and in the studio. This reputation is perhaps personified in that famous – and often over-quoted – line from the movie Spinal Tap. We all know the line — “this one goes up to 11.” Brilliant… Seriously, though, how many times do you see […]
Written by Marc Henshall on July 23, 2015 under LiveStudio
Here’s a tip you can put into action today that will immediately improve your audio endeavours across the board: Inputs are more important than outputs. That’s right, it’s simple science really: what goes in must come out. Or put bluntly: garbage in, garbage out. So, no matter whether you’re recording music, running a live sound gig, […]
Written by Davida Rochman on June 15, 2015 under Studio
Musician Alexander Duvel stops by the Shure Performance Listening Center to share techniques for miking six of his favorite world instruments: the tabla, bansuri, dilruba, sitar, djembe, and cajon.
Written by Marc Henshall on June 8, 2015 under LiveMicrophonesStudio
Microphones are used to capture or reinforce a particular sound. The challenge for an engineer is to select the right microphone for their application and apply the appropriate mic technique to capture the desired sound source and reject unwanted background noise or feedback. As part of the selection process, understanding the fundamentals of how a […]
Written by Marc Henshall on May 20, 2015 under LiveMicrophonesStudio
As briefly described in our post on microphone basics, mic directionality can be classified as three distinct types: omnidirectional, unidirectional, and bi-directional. Within these categories, there are a number of different directional patterns plotted in graphs known as polar-patterns; the most commonly known types are cardioid and supercardioid. For a large number of common applications, these 2 guys […]
Written by Marc Henshall on May 14, 2015 under Studio
Welcome to the final part in our series. To finish our drum recording tuition, Jay walks trough the process of bringing an entire kit together. The first step toward a more harmonious final result is reverb. Reverb is important because we expect to hear music in some kind of space; if the final result is too dry, […]
Written by Marc Henshall on May 12, 2015 under Studio
Welcome back. Today we’re going to look at one of the most important factors in bringing a drum kit recording together. In any recording where multiple microphones are used to capture a single sound source, the phase relationship between each microphone is critical. In particular we need to pay close attention to the relationship between […]
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