Studio Basics

Studio Monitor Placement — Finding the “Sweet Spot”

Posted by Mason Hicks on September 23, 2009 11:14:11 AM PDT

Of all the components that make up your studio environment, the two most important for producing high-quality mixes have to be, 1) your ears and 2) your near-field monitors. More specifically, the proper placement of these key components within your room will make all the difference in achieving accurate mixes that will sound good on the widest range of systems.

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Stereo Miking Techniques for Recording Acoustic Guitar

Posted by Mason Hicks on August 26, 2009 11:15:11 AM PDT

If you ask a handful of engineers how they approach recording acoustic guitars, you’re likely to get at least a handful of different answers (provided they’re willing to divulge). This is because so many factors play a part in capturing an acoustic guitar: the room, playing style, body size, recording environment, the player’s skill level, etc. All things considered however, most engineers will tell you the real secret to recording acoustic guitar is simple: stereo miking.

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Microphone Selection and Placement

Posted by Mason Hicks on July 22, 2009 11:14:11 AM PDT

Capturing the best source material will always help make the mixing and editing process easier, more enjoyable, and most importantly, sound the way you want. With this in mind, let’s start with something near and dear to every engineer: microphones. Because the microphone is the piece of gear closest to the source, it stands to reason that selecting the right tool for the job can make all the difference.

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