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New Music Gear Monday: TC Electronic Aeon Guitar String Sustainer

TC Electronic AEON on Bobby Owsinski's Production Blog

Since the mid-1970’s, if you wanted an electric guitar string to sustain forever you turned to an Ebow, the ingenious handheld device that virtually every major artist has used on a recording at some point (case in point, the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia bought the very first one). If you wanted that sound, the Ebow […]

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May 18, 2018

Mixer Gary Lux, What’s Fueling Music Growth, And Audio Interfaces On My Latest Inner Circle Podcast

Gary Lux on Bobby Owsinski's Production Blog

Gary Lux is one of Hollywood’s premier music mixers with literally thousands of projects to his credit with major artists like Usher, Keith Urban, Sting, Ben Harper, Janet Jackson and Rob Thomas. Before going independent in 1988, Gary was the head music mixer for Universal Studios, where he garnered two Emmy Award nominations for his […]

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There’s Never Been Anything Like It – The Grateful Dead’s Wall Of Sound PA

Grateful Dead Wall of Sound on Bobby Owsinski's Production blog

Concert sound systems have grown in scope over the years and are truly marvels in analog and digital electronics and acoustics. They’ve never been more powerful and more controllable, and our understanding of their use has never been better. That said, even the most sophisticated sound system of today still has a ways to go […]

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8 Tips For Getting A Singer’s Best Vocal Performance

Vocal Performance on Bobby Owsinski's Production Blog

One of the hardest things to record can be a vocalist who is not comfortable with the studio conditions. Even a seasoned pro sometimes can’t do his or her best unless the conditions are just right. Consider some of these suggestions culled from the 4th edition of my Recording Engineer’s Handbook before and during a […]

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When American Guitars Were Outlawed In England

Futurama guitars on Bobby Owsinski's Production Blog

Considering the giant influence that British music had on America in the 1960s and 70s, it’s hard to believe that there was a time when American instruments were banned by the British government. This forced English musicians to use a wide range of other Euro-based guitars and somewhat explains why many of our guitar heros […]

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New Music Gear Monday: Radial Engineering Backtrack Audio Switcher

Radial Backtrack on Bobby Owsinski's Production Blog

When you need a box to do something that no one has thought of yet, you can be sure it will be soon available from the clever boffins at Radial Engineering. In this case, with backing tracks becoming such a big part of many artist’s live performances, adding a separate mixer onstage just for that […]

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May 11, 2018

Disney Audio Director Nick Peck On My Latest Inner Circle Podcast

Nick Peck on Bobby Owsinski's Production Blog

My guest this week is composer, sound designer, musician and technologist Nick Peck. For the last 20 years Nick has been a sound designer and audio director for interactive projects and games at Skywalker Sound, Activision, Lucasarts, and now at Disney Publishing Worldwide. Nick runs the audio department at Disney that handles sound design, music […]

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Engineer Wyn Davis Talks Hard Rock Basic Tracking Techniques

Wyn Davis on Bobby Owsinski's Production Blog

Best known for his work the hard rock bands Dio, Dokken, Foreigner, Bad Company and Great White, engineer Wyn Davis style in that genre is as unmistakable as it is masterful. From his Total Access Recording studio in Redondo Beach, California, Wyn’s work typifies old-school engineering coupled with the best of modern techniques. Here’s an excerpt […]

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May 4, 2018

Film Composer Chris Boardman, Virtual Radio, And Instrument Insurance On My Latest Inner Circle Podcast

Chris Boardman on Bobby Owsinski's Production Blog

My guest this week is television and film composer Chris Boardman, who was one of my first guests when I started this podcast 4 years ago. He was originally on episode #11. Acknowledged for his work in film, TV, records and academia, Chris is a six time Emmy Award winner with 13 Emmy Nominations, and […]

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Bobby Owsinski And 101 Mixing Tricks Named In Sonarworks 2018 Mixing Guru Guide

101 Mixing Tricks on Bobby Owsinski's Production Blog

I’m really pleased to announce that Sonarworks has selected my 101 Mixing Tricks course in its 2018 A-Z Mixing Tutorial Guru Guide. Thanks to Lee Chapman and everyone at the company for the recognition! If you don’t know about the 101 Mixing Tricks course, it’s techniques that I’ve garnered from some of the greatest mixers on […]

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Guitar Center And Gibson Back In The News, And It’s Not Pretty

Guitar Center

All of us connected with the music industry have been watching the financial news of both Guitar Center and Gibson for quite a while now, and they deserve our close attention. That’s what comes with being a major player in the business and a giant piece of the American music scene. I don’t think it […]

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