Category Archives for "Production"

This Mashup Between RATT And Marvin Gaye Shouldn’t Be This Good

Marvin Gaye RATT mashup

Things like this aren’t supposed to happen. With all due respect, Marvin Gaye and RATT aren’t exactly in the same league, but sometimes there’s an unexpected synergy that happens that just defies every expectation. That’s what happens in this mashup between RATT’s hit “Round and Round” background track and Marvin Gaye’s “Heard It Through The […]

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10 Questions To Ask During Band Preproduction That Will Make You Sound Better

Band preproduction on Bobby Owsinski's production blog

Preproduction is the best time to work out any kinks in songs and arrangements way before you begin to record. Chances are that there will come a time when your band is playing either in rehearsal or in the studio and suddenly there’s a train wreck where something sounds way off, and you may have […]

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Drum Tuning Techniques Every Engineer Should Know

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There’s no doubt that getting a drum sound is the number one priority for any recording that has a drummer. Sometimes you luck out and the drums sound great by just putting the mics in front of them, but other times they require more care in order to make them sound the way you want. […]

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The 7 Basic Decisions That Every Producer Faces

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Before a music project can even begin there are a number of basic decisions that every producer faces in order to get the ball rolling. This excerpt from the latest edition of my Music Producer’s Handbook illustrates the many production considerations confronting a producer in a typical project before it even hits the studio. Most of the […]

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3 Techniques For Miking An Audience

Audience miking

If you’re recording a live performance, then you want to pick up some of the audience to make it sound realistic. Here are some techniques and considerations culled from the latest edition of my Recording Engineer’s Handbook. “Audience recording is both the key and the problem with live recording. It’s sometimes difficult to record the audience […]

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Is The Large Format Console In Danger Now That SSL Has A New Owner?

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Console maker Solid State Logic has a new owner and it’s Audiotronix. The audio conglomerate purchased the iconic console company from majority shareholder Peter Gabriel, who’s owned the company for 12 years. SSL now joins a corporate umbrella that includes DiGiCo, DiGiGrid, Calrec and Allen & Heath. This fills out the product mix for Audiotronix, since SSL […]

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Mixing In The Box With Richard Chycki

Richard Chycki

Here’s a great video from my good buddy Richard Chycki about mixing in the box. You’ve heard his work before on albums by Rush, Dream Theater, Aerosmith, Skillet and many others. In this video Rich talks about working with amp simulators, subgroups, filters, running out of headroom, and his favorite plugins. It’s always fun to […]

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The Legendary Ken Scott Talks Mixing

Ken Scott and Bobby Owsinski

Legendary producer Ken Scott began his career at the Abbey Road Studios working with The Beatles on The White Album and Magical Mystery Tour; on six David Bowie albums, including the seminal Ziggy Stardust album; and with Pink Floyd, Elton John, Duran Duran, Jeff Beck, Supertramp, Procol Harum, Devo, Kansas, Mahavishnu Orchestra, and many more. […]

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