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How Our Short Attention Span Is Changing Song Structure

attention span

Radio airplay has always influenced how songs were produced, chiefly the length, as for years it was felt that 3 minutes was the ideal length to keep the listener engaged. In fact, today songs are sped up routinely in order to have more plays per hour. Now a pair of new studies published in Musicae Scientiae, […]

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April 19, 2017

7 Steps To Keeping Your Voice Fresh And Healthy

healthy voice

Eventually every singer has some voice trouble, and if you’re not careful, it can really lead to long term damage. That’s why it’s important for a singer to learn to be especially aware of the need to take care of him or herself. Here’s an excerpt from the band improvement book How To Make Your Band […]

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This Music Video Was Created By Its Music

Howler Monkey music video

We’ve always liked visuals that are synergistic with music, with a history that dates back to the light organs  and wet light shows of the 1960s. Today, just about any LED-based stage light has a mode that will listen to the sound around it and respond with the appropriate colors and intensity. What’s even cooler is […]

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5 Tips For More Realistic Pitch Correction

H910 pitch correction

Depending upon how much of a purist you are, pitch correction is either the worst thing to ever happen or a godsend. Regardless of how you come down on the issue, it’s at the very least a necessary evil in today’s music. Here are 5 tips from the 4th edition of my Mixing Engineer’s Handbook that […]

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Ikutaro Kakehashi, Founder of Roland, Passes

Ikutaro Kakehashi

Another great pioneer in the music world has left the building. If you’ve ever owned a Roland or Boss piece of gear (and I’d go as far as to say that’s everyone), then you’ll be saddened to know that the founder of those fine companies, Ikutaro Kakehashi, has passed. He was 87 years old. Kakehashi […]

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New Music Gear Monday: Exponential Audio R4 Reverb Plugin

Exponential Audio R4

If you grew up in the days of recording studios built around consoles and hardware, then you were probably used to using a Lexicon reverb. Although not the first digital reverb, the Lexicon 224 and subsequent versions became a must-have for every studio to have in its arsenal in no time, and we all grew to […]

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Ozzy Osbourne “Crazy Train” Isolated Guitar

Randy Rhoads

There are few guitar players that you can truly say are influential, but Randy Rhoads is certainly one of them. His playing on Ozzy Osbourne’s initial solo album set the guitar world on fire, and for many metal players, it’s still the bar that everyone aims for. When “Crazy Train” exploded onto the radio guitar players […]

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Celebrate The 3rd Anniversary Of My Inner Circle Podcast With Guest Dennis Moody

Dennis Moody

Today is the 3rd anniversary of my Inner Circle Podcast and I’d like to thank you for being a loyal listener. I never envisioned getting to 150 episodes, but it’s all been made possible by followers like you! Episode #151 brings back engineer Dennis Moody. Dennis was my first guest, and he’s celebrated every podcast […]

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Wild Cherry “Play That Funky Music” Isolated Vocal

Wild Cherry isolated vocals

So many of you really like these Friday isolated tracks, but I’ve recently had some comments like, “Why do you keep posting old songs?” Fair enough question, and there are 3 reasons. 1. Plain and simple, the isolated tracks are much more available for older classic tracks than new ones, which are much more closely guarded […]

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The Bee Gees “Staying Alive” Isolated Vocals

Staying Alive The Bee Gees

Some might argue that “Staying Alive,” both song and the movie, heralded in the disco age. It’s certainly a song that everyone knows as it was iconic for the time as has seeped into our musical heritage. Whether you like disco or not, the Bee Gees had a sound that was entirely unique and hasn’t been […]

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Easy Edits For That Distorted Guitar

Distorted guitar editing

Here’s a great distorted guitar recording tip that I got from Richard Chycki, engineer for Rush, Dream Theater, Aerosmith and many more. I liked it so much I’ve used it on every session since, and included it in the latest version of my Recording Engineer’s Handbook as well. Distorted electric guitar is notoriously difficult to edit, […]

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February 1, 2017

The 4th Edition Of Bobby Owsinski’s Recording Engineer’s Handbook Now Available

Recording Engineer's Handbook 4th edition

I’m proud to announce the fully updated fourth edition of my Recording Engineer’s Handbook, a complete compilation of the best recording techniques currently used today. Along with the rich treasure trove of information from the previous versions of the book, the latest edition also includes new sections on immersive audio recording, electric guitar recording tricks, and DIY […]

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