The Basics of Using a Microphone July 17th 2019 - 10:00 AM

In this era of personal video and sound recording, it might sound ridiculous to say that many people don’t know how to properly use a microphone. But it’s true. Whether spoken word or a vocalist singing, learning some basic microphone techniques can significantly improve results.

Rule #1 For A Small Audio Studio: Simplify July 12th 2019 - 09:00 AM

Large recording facilities are a complex assembly of components, networks, cables and patch bays. It can take months to learn all the ropes in a major studio. However — with the trend toward smaller, more compact recording spaces — complexity can slow the user down. Let’s look at how to simplify the s…

How to Get Analog Flavor in a Digital Recording July 11th 2019 - 09:00 AM

In today’s digital world, audio recordings can sound too sterile. It is often necessary to manipulate that super clean sound and give it a more colorful, analog flavor. How to accomplish this is wide open to experimentation, but it can be surprisingly affordable for engineers with the right skills.

The Art of Microphone Placement July 9th 2019 - 09:00 AM

With all the high-tech wizardry available today to manipulate sounds in the studio, microphone placement reigns as the most important way to get quality audio recordings. With the right placement of mics, most other electronic sound tools are not needed. Yet, not enough engineers, producers and artists understand the value…

Loudness for Audio Producers July 8th 2019 - 08:00 AM

Wild variations in the levels of program audio has long been a problem for broadcast outlets. Due to controversy over varying audio levels, governments have forced broadcasters to specify specific loudness levels for all programming. In this article, we’ll look at how audio has moved beyond traditional types of l…

How Audio Normalization Works June 26th 2019 - 10:00 AM

Audio normalization is the application of a constant amount of gain to a recording with the goal of bringing the amplitude to a target level. The signal-to-noise ratio and relative dynamics of the audio remain unchanged in the process because the same amount of gain is applied across the entire…