[Guest Post from Derek Sexsmith] The title on this post is a little misleading. The “perfect mix” could mean different things to different people. But, I think most would agree the foundation for the perfect mix, when mixing a typical “rock” band (drums, bass, guitars, keys, vocals) would be the kick drum and the bass guitar. Robert Scovill, a very experienced and very talented engineer said, at the Gurus of Tech conference in Chicago in February, that [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.
Bobby Owsinski, author of the The Mixing Engineer's Handbook, Second Edition, identified the seven characteristics of an Amateur mix in this article. Now that those seven have been identified, let's look at what we can do to avoid them. 1. Inconsistent Levels "Instrument levels that vary from balanced to too soft or too loud or lyrics that can’t be distinguished. Once again, a newbie mixer usually sets the faders and forgets them, but mixing is just as dynamic as the [keep reading]
What's the difference between a concert and a church service? Other than the lawn seats, the over-priced food, and the souvenir t-shirts, I'd say it's that a church service is a time for meditation, worship, and connection with God. My point is that when any distraction occurs during a church service, you, I, the congregation, is distracted from worshipping, from prayer, from that connection. Here are the top five distractions and how you can avoid them. 1. [keep reading]
"The info I read or hear is too geeked out for me to understand," wrote a commenter on another audio web site. The longer any of us work in this field, the more we sling around the technical words as easily as rubber bands. With that in mind, I pulled together a short list of the more commonplace terms that many of us use. In no particular order, though with a slightly major bias towards an alphabetical listing... Auxiliary (Commonly used phrases: "aux [keep reading]
"We need you to run slides" are words that haunt most sound guys. All audio, all the time! But not this time. Sooner or later we have to work outside of our comfort zone. Therefore, here's a crash course for the next time you hear those fateful words. There are three areas where you have to take actions; before the service, during the service and after the service. Before the Service Learn the software before you ever get a call to run [keep reading]