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Music Technology

Vocals can be very challenging to record. Taking all the aspects into account - having a good vocalist in front of a good microphone into a good pre amp, will get you about halfway there. But you could still end up with vocals either having too much bass, too much sibilance, being too nasal, not having enough body, or not…

Become a Music Producer

Written by Trevor Smith
Becoming a Music Producer Career Description Music Producers write, arrange, produce, and record songs, whether they’re shaping the sound of another artist’s album or creating beats or songs for their own projects. With the growth of home recording technology and boutique recording studios, many producers find themselves pulling double or triple duty as Studio Owners and Sound Engineers, as does…
Scales. We love to hate them! We all know that it's important for us to know and practise our scales, so that we know what notes to play, what will and won't work, and of course for general finger exercises. But somehow when we have a few spare moments it's much easier to find something else to keep us busy.…

The Shure SM7B

Written by SOMusiciz Siphosomusa Mdaka
Part of being a studio sound engineer is based on knowing the tools you can use to capture the audio signal (sound) you are targeting. It is somewhat vital to know which microphone is well suited for the mission you are trying to achieve, depending on the microphone choices you have available and the sound source you are recording. It…
Microphones Tailored for Instruments When you browse the spec sheets of some microphones you will come across a bullet point stating the following: “Frequency response tailored for drums, guitars & vocals”. If you check the frequency response of these microphones you will notice that it is far from being flat, in fact these microphones have peaks and dips at certain…

Tips on Audio Phasing

Written by Wynand Botha
 Phasing can make or break a production. As a student, I never really understood the concept of phasing or when it occurs. When I started working on projects I noticed that some my instruments sounded thin and weak compared to professional mixes - especially drums. Being a drummer myself, this was devastating because I wanted that familiar large, almost overpowering…

Musicology dissected: So you study Music Technology?

Written by Hannelore Olivier
Musicology dissected: So you study Music Technology? - Hannelore Olivier  (Extracts used from MUSICAL NETWORKS: THE CASE FOR A NEURAL NETWORK METHODOLOGY IN ADVERTISEMENT  MUSIC RESEARCH - HANNELORE OLIVIER, 2005, Stellenbosch) In its simplest form, Musicology basically means ‘the study of music’. Most standard academic music sources and reference works nowadays give a broad, all-encompassing account of musicology, including previously…
Recording brass instruments can be a daunting task for an inexperienced engineer - largely because you have probably not had the opportunity to record these more unusual instruments during your studies. A few weeks ago a client brought a trombone and a saxophone that he wanted to record for a project. To record these two instruments is not difficult per…
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