How to Use Compression

Sometimes musicians just get too loud!

Before I found compression, my life was empty and void.  Now that I have it, I feel so alive and...ok, so compression isn't THAT amazing but if you've got it, you should learn how and when to use it. What is compression? Audio compression is the process of reducing the dynamic range of a sound.  This compression occurs when the volume level signal exceeds a specified level.  In practical terms, ...

[Read More]

How to Mix a Solo Musician

I heard a surprising statistic the other day; at one point in the 1980’s, five of the acts on the Top 40 radio charts were solo acts that came from successful bands. Glen Frey (Eagles), Lionel Richie (Commodores), and Diana Ross (The Supremes) are three I remember. When it comes to live audio, a solo act means something entirely different and mixing them brings new options. The other week, I ...

[Read More]

New Radial Bluetooth DI and 4-Channel Audio Snake (via Cat-5)

Radial introduces Catapult 4 Channel Audio Snake and BT-Pro Bluetooth Direct Box Radial is like Taco Bell. The restaurant franchise cranks out new variations of meat, beans, rice, and vegetables in surprising ways and Radial is no different. How many ways can you transform audio signals? Two more, according to the latest press releases. BT-Pro The first offering is the BT-Pro Bluetooth ...

[Read More]

Reverb and Delay: Seven Tips and Tricks

Effects can take a mix to a whole new level. Using them can be as simple as a one or two-dial analog control or as complex as an expensive multi-faceted digital plugin. Today, I’m covering the tips I’ve found helpful over the years that look past the implementation and focus on the general mechanics. You might find some of these rather simple – just skip over them. Having done audio for 20+ ...

[Read More]

When Church Staff Just Doesn’t Understand

Remember Y2K? The greatest anti-climactic disaster of the last century? A few days after 2000 started, the pundits started wondering what the big deal was since everything (for the most part) worked and the world didn’t disappear into a nuclear meltdown. (If you weren’t in the IT field during that time you’d never know the tremendous amount of behind-the-scenes work needed to get to reach the ...

[Read More]