“I pay you really well to take care of this stuff, and when you make excuses for what happens, it makes you seem small.” These were the words Andrew Stone heard that made him want to get off the plane, even though he was 30,000 feet in the air. The sad part of the story is Stone wasn't making excuses; he was only explaining why some things had happened at the last event. The best part of the story is what he learned from it and what I think we can all learn from it. Andrew Stone was [keep reading]
A random list of 101-level articles doesn't seem helpful if this is your first time here. Therefore, I've put together a SPECIAL page just for you. Consider it your road map. The page includes links to articles I think would be the best place to start, especially if you are new to audio production.
Performing the vocal EQ'ing process time-and-time again, have you ever wondered if there was a better way? I'm a process freak. However, I've found the best way for improving a process is starting a new one from scratch. That's how I arrived at the following process I use for mixing my vocals. Clean your room! EQ'ing a vocal is a lot like cleaning out a messy room. Take for instance, the messiest spot at your place. It could be your garage, your bedroom, or a closet. If you were to [keep reading]
You are responsible for creating a safe environment on the stage. Don’t think of the sound booth as your only domain. Your domain includes the stage. It contains elements that can cause bodily harm just because of their existence. For example, a microphone cable could be in the wrong place and cause the pastor to trip. You can keep environmental safety problems to a minimum by taking the proper steps to ensure a safe environment. There are four components to environmental [keep reading]
William Spooner, in 1879, placed himself in the history books when he refered to a hymn as "Kinkering Congs their Titles Take." He was referring to a hymn titled "Conquering Kings their Titles Take." His students, however, didn't let this slide and in short time, started falsely attributing all sorts of these phrases to him. "The Lord is a shoving leopard. (loving shepard)" being an example. In short time, the switching of letters across words became known as spoonerisms. Most people [keep reading]
"I've always set the monitor levels first, with the mains off, that's how ____ taught me to do it," they said to me. As those words escaped the sound tech's lips, I could tell they had been trained by a musician. A musician wants to hear the right sounds in the monitor. They want to hear themselves in the monitor. However, if you go with a musician-centric stage monitor setup you are going to have problems with stage volume and clarity in your mix. Let's look at the problem of a [keep reading]