Condenser mic?

I’m currently in audio production school, but I’m a musician at heart and that’s what led me to recording school. I’d really love to purchase my first condenser mic this summer, but I need something specific. I’m looking for a

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Questions on the making of Yes We Can

Hi Steve, Thanks for the email about the “Yes We Can” videos on YouTube.  They were very educational.  Everyone involved in the production did a great job. I wanted to ask you a few questions about some of my observations:

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How to know if something sounds good

Hi Steve, I am constantly reading reviews on the internet about different pieces of musical equipment.  Given my limited budget, I am always looking for the best values. I recently bought two MCA SP-1 microphones for $39 each after reading

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Glyn Johns Drum Method

Greetings Wise One: Have you ever used the Glyn John’s method of recording drums?  I’ve been trying to use it.  It seems simple but there seems to be real problems with phase coherence, in particular if you are recording in

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Blumlein Question

So if I’m recording with the Blumlein set up, do I need to set the pans to the hard right and left and switch the polarities like you do with the mid-side technique or is it something different? The Blumlein

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mid-side (MS) recording method

I’ve been experimenting with the  mid-side (MS) recording method. So I understand how to do it.  When I look at the phase relationship of the three signals on a spectral form (in Ozone 3), the signal is out of phase.

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-10 dB switch

Stupid question: What does the 10dB switch on a mic do? The only stupid question is one that’s not asked! The -10 dB switch you see on some microphones is a “pad” switch, which attenuates the output of the microphone

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“Studio Standard” Microphones & Tips for Recording Electric Guitars

This next part in the series will focus on several “studio standard” microphone choices and recording tips for electric guitars. Although there are a wide variety of digital amp simulators available today that allow you to plug your electric guitar

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Microphone choices for Acoustic Guitars

Carrying on with the theme of popular microphone choices that many pros use for various instruments, this article will focus on various microphones commonly used to record acoustic guitars. The choice of microphones and placement for recording acoustic guitars can

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Common microphone choices for drums

One of the most popular questions that beginning recording enthusiasts ask is “What microphone should I use to record _blank_?”, where blank is an instrument or voice or whatever it is they want to record.  In this series of articles, I’ll cover some

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