Monday June 25, 2012
Everybody's got one -- from classic Stax and Motown to modern pop and hip hop. What's your favorite recording, and why?
Studying recordings is one of the fastest ways to become a good listener, especially in the sense that recording engineers need to be excellent listeners -- able to dissect the ins and outs of great record-making.
So, what's your favorite?
Tuesday April 24, 2012
I was recently reading a fantastic article by a fellow audio engineer, and he made a great case for the fact that most live sound engineers look at the PA system as an element to be removed from the overall picture, something you don't want to hear in the way of the program. Studios, however, seem to focus on many attributes that stand in the way of sonic purity -- analog noise, limited bandwidth, and many more.
In today's world of high-resolution audio, it's hard to imagine why anyone would purposefully degrade the quality of the end product for artistic effect, but it seems quite common in the indie scene. Should engineers and the studio be transparent and reproduce the band at their best, or should studios always try to be a visible (or, rather, audible) part of the overall picture?
Thursday April 5, 2012
Jim Marshall, the man who turned his savings from teaching drum lessons into one of the biggest names in music equipment, responsible for the impeccable loud-and-gritty guitar tone of many top-performing artists through his brand Marshall Amplifiers has died, following complications from cancer treatment and "multiple strokes", according to his son, Terry.
Marshall turned his passion for heavy-sounding rock music into a successful business empire, producing many well-known versions of his Marshall amps. Production of Marshall amplifiers was always kept in England, a fact that Marshall was very proud of, despite pressure from the industry to outsource production.
Marshall was 88.
Tuesday April 3, 2012
As any audio engineer knows, there's a lot of variables and calculations that go into making a great recording or mixing a live show, and having a helping hand is never a bad thing, even in today's digital age. To aid both new and experienced engineers, Jonathan Papert and Crash Symphony Productions have introduced Audio Engineer for iPhone and iPad, a suite of tools in a single app.
Inside Audio Engineer, you'll find a variety of calculators and reference tools for both live and studio engineering. You're able to calculate dynamics, BPM, note-frequency relationships, distance and time, and more; you've also got a ready reference manual of mic techniques for a variety of situations.
Audio Engineer is available now for $7.99 from the iTunes App Store.