Studio Microphone Buying Guide


Studio Microphone Buying Guide This is a very well written microphone buying guide that Sweetwater as put together. It is in-depth as well as easy to understand. Professional recording engineers know that creative microphone selection is an essential ingredient in every great recording. If you’re new to recording, however, the subject of microphones is probably shrouded in mystery. With a…

Microphone Placement


This is one of the steps people have the least amount of knowledge with, and what makes it even worse, this is one of the critical steps that must be addressed to achieve professional recordings. This step is required regardless if you are recording instruments, vocals or speech. Many low end mics, both dynamic and condenser, will come with a…

Microphone Types


Since we are talking about recording speech, we will be talking about dynamic mics verses condenser mics. At this time I have around $12,000.00 invested in these types of mics and my favorite one for speech, is the Shure SM57 dynamic mic. It cost $99.00. I also have the Shure SM7b which cost $450.00. This is the mic that Michael…

Recording Basics 101


Recording Basics 101 There are basically three things that will effect any digital or analog recording. These three items have been know since the dawn of recording and they have never really changed. They are as important in 2018 as they were back in the 50’s and 60’s. The most dramatic change has occurred in the past decade when the…

Using Audacity for Audio Books is a BAD IDEA!


There is a tremendous difference between Podcasting and narrating audio books. With Podcasting you can pretty well do as you please unless you follow the AES recommend standards which are a -20 to -16LUFS with a -1dbTP and a max of 4dbs for the LRA. (Loudness Range). If you plan on recording audio to submit to the ACX, their requirements…

Audio Books Requirements From A Sound Engineers Point of View


In 2017 many people are getting into the Audio Book Narration Profession. The requirements concerning the ACX, as well as other Audio Book distributors, are both extensive as well as easy to accomplish if you can grasp the basic concepts of Audio Law. Anytime I use the phrase “AUDIO LAW” you need to make sure you follow that advice to…

My Signal Path.


The picture below is my audio signal path that I use for when I am recording for the ACX. I can configure this signal path a hundred different ways depending on my recording needs. I will list just a few and my hopes are that you may have a similar need concerning your own signal path and you will be…