Resources for the Recording Musician


July 29, 2008
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 technique only requires two figure of eight pattern microphones, placed as close together as possible […]

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July 21, 2008
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. When I hit the mono activator just the middle mic is remaining.  Should the overall […]

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July 9, 2008
-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 by 10dB.  You would use that when recording a very loud source where the microphone […]

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June 3, 2008
DC Offset question

In a previous post to me you wrote: If I use a high-pass filter it will be set to very low frequencies (10 or 20Hz at most) just to remove any possible DC offset and really low sub rumble that I don't want.  I use Izotope's OZONE and it has the option of using the […]

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April 13, 2008
Input recording level

I'm curious as to what level you record at?  Do you try to get the signal as hot as possible without peaking either on your software, in my case  Cubase SX3 input level or your interface, or do you leave some headroom on both?  If so, how much do you leave.  Let's assume that we're […]

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March 30, 2008
EQ Low Cut

When you are mixing, do you use a low cut filter on the final mix and if so where? For example, on a mix will you set the low cut at 50Hz, or even higher?  If so, then how do you make the bass low end audible? Also, how do bands like The Roots get […]

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March 18, 2008
Track Bounce Output Buss Question

When I am bouncing a track down in order to, for example, free up CPU power, should one turn off the EQ and compression on the stereo output buss so I'm not getting double compression and EQ when I then have the bounced stereo track? So, for example, I'm bouncing a drum track down to […]

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March 9, 2008
Mastering Levels Question

I was recently watching the Steinberg Internal Mixing DVD and, as a result, I have a question. One of they points they make on the DVD is that, when one is sending pop and rock music off for mastering, the output of the mix at the loudest part should be no more than -14dB. So […]

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February 4, 2008
Re-Amping and Splitters

Wise One: Can you explain to me how one would send a pre-recorded guitar track (for example) to an amp?  Does one need a re-amping device to do that?  Also what does line level mean? One records one guitar through two amps at the same time with a splitter of some sort.  Are there any splitters you […]

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December 31, 2007
Sample Rates

Greetings Doctor! My Presonus Firepod is a 24-bit/96k recording device.  The question I have is should I record at 96k or should I record at 44.1 k?  If one can dither from 24 to 16 can and should you do the same with the sampling rate? Also are there devices which record at higher than […]

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