Are you just getting into playing electric guitar? If so, thank you—it feels like there’s a dearth of us these days! But also, let’s address an issue you might be facing in purchasing your Instrument, best summed up by the following question:
“What kind of electric guitar is right for me?”
I know the answer my parents had for that question: “the cheapest,” but if you’re shelling out your own hard-earned dosh, deciding what kind of axe to purchase is a choice fraught with implications, both obvious and subliminal.
You see, different electric
Hi there! Do you have a rich, velvety voice that people compliment all the time? Do you have secret desires to cut out of your nine-to-five grind and get into the illustrious world of voice-overs? Of course you do! (You clicked the headline, didn’t you?)
Let me start off by telling you two things: To get sustainable voice-over work is harder than you’d think—lots of people want to do it, and networking, no matter the industry, is a deleterious task worthy of all your contempt. However, it’s never been easier to produce professional-grade
Skype could be considered the best—and worst—thing to ever happen to podcasting. The ability to interview guests remotely is, of course, invaluable. Horrendous audio due to digital artifacts and bad microphones? Not so much. While the pros and cons of Skype recording are stark in contrast, it is certainly possible to maximize the benefits, while minimizing the drawbacks.
While probably the most common, Skype is just one of many voice over IP (VoIP) systems that you can use to interview podcast guests remotely. So, most of the tips here will
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In the following video, Rob Rives compares several hardware synthesizers for anyone looking to acquire their first synth. This video explores analog versus digital and module versus keyboard. We showcase the Roland SE-02, the Waldorf Bloefeld, and the
Recently, we’ve been hearing a lot of noise about high-resolution audio. Casual listeners might be wondering, what is high-resolution audio, anyway? Why does it sound better? Can we even determine that it sounds better? Answering these questions requires discussing digital formats such as PCM, MP3, and DSD—but don’t worry; this won’t be a dive into the technical weeds. To the extent that we’ll address science, it’ll only be in terms of practicalities.
But first, an anecdote: Before I was a professional recording/mixing engineer, I was a guy
Growing up in Miami, FL, in the 1980s and ’90s, I was exposed to a great deal of the Roland TR-808 sound. Found in roller skating rinks, and cars with “tricked out” systems across the city, the window-shaking, bone-shattering Miami Bass sound was literally inescapable. The other-worldly 808, with its long and resonant kick drums and toms, crispy snares and claps, and lighting fast hi hats was so pervasive, even my parents knew what an 808 was.
I fell in love with the futuristic bounce of the 808, and it was a big part of what
So, you want a new audio interface, eh? It’s not like the old days when there were only a few options. Now, there are a bunch of brands such as Apogee Electronics, Antelope, Audient, Focusrite, MOTU, PreSonus, Universal Audio, and Waves, and each manufacturer normally has several interfaces in its product line. You don’t want to buy something that will be insufficient for the work you do, nor do you want to spend too much money on something that is far more than you need. So, how do you pick one? It all starts with asking yourself the right
In this video, Sonic Scoop’s Justin Colletti takes to Braund studios to show you how to mic an acoustic guitar with two microphones. Watch as he tests out spaced pair, X/Y, vertical X/Y, ORTF, and mid/side configurations; more importantly, hear the difference from example to example. You’ll not only learn how to mic an acoustic in a stereo fashion—you’ll learn when to do so, and when to go mono instead.
There have been dramatic shifts in music production over the last 10-15 years. If the phrase “big guitars” could be used to sum up the production style of the late 20th Century in general, the 21st Century could be described as “big drums.” The continued explosion of Hip Hop and EDM, combined with the proliferation of affordable, computer-based production setups, have both been contributing factors to the trend of drum-beat-driven production across the entire spectrum of musical genres. Hence, here are five secrets to programming banging,
When it comes to audio for video, no one ever seems to notice it unless it’s bad. And if it is bad, it can completely ruin your project. While we always try to record the best production audio we can from the get-go, problems are bound to pop up. In the end, we must assess the audio we’ve got and use our mixing, restoration, and dialogue replacement skills to make it all work. So, here are five post-production tips for better audio in your videos.
Tip 1: Pick the Best Sounding Mic for Each Shot
Once you’ve got your OMF or AAF file imported
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One mic, one guitar, one engineer: Join Sonic Scoop’s Justin Colletti as he talks to Braund Studios to show you how to mic an acoustic guitar with a single microphone. In this video, you’ll get to hear the results of the most popular mic positions for acoustic guitar in action, as well as an overview of what a microphone sounds like pointed at different parts of the guitar’s body and neck.
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Cranking it up to eleven, Sonic Scoop’s Justin Colletti shows you how to mic electric guitars using one, two, and even three microphones at a time. He’ll go through different microphone possibilities, different mic-positions, different options for blending—and as always, you’ll get to hear every result.
Tis the season to be spooky! Or at least, there’s a one in twelve chance that ’tis the season to be spooky. If you’re reading this in any month besides October, you have two choices: You can use these tidbits in sound-designing a spooky, scary voice for appropriate media (scary movies, web series, theatrical productions, spooky podcasts, etc.), or you can grab yourself a stale bag o’ candy corn and pretend it’s nigh on Halloween.
Either way, let’s get started.
Step 1: Record Thyself!
Let’s record the relatively common spooky phrase of “Bwah ha
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In the following video, Rob Rives discusses how you can improve your studio mixing with Mackie’s latest line of monitors and controllers. This video explores the Mackie MR524, with its rear-panel controls for adapting the speakers to different room configurations, as well as adding the MRS10 subwoofer to extend bass
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In the final part of this three-part series, Justin Colletti, of Sonic Scoop, and producer Bob Mallory, discuss how to handle the daunting task of choosing microphones, covering several examples from a single inexpensive dynamic to multiple pairs of condensers.
Listen to A/B comparisons of spoken word and acoustic guitar sources recorded with different microphones, in the same acoustically treated room discussed in the first video of this series. They also give us some real-world suggestions on how to most effectively use your acoustic space