Category Archives: Techniques

Music in 5.1 Dimensions: How the Best Surround Mixers Approach the Soundstage


Surround sound made its first public appearance in 1941, when Disney released its groundbreaking animated musical, Fantasia. Ever since then, surround systems have increasingly been used to enhance the emotional impact of films (which George Lucas has famously, and accurately, declared are “50% sound.”) In the mid 1990s, a small but meaningful mass market for […]

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Drum Mic Techniques, Part III: Placing Room Mics


Get off those laptop speakers and switch your video stream to HD. We’re back for the 3rd installment in our new series on drum mic techniques. This video takes place at Strange Weather Brooklyn, and is filmed by Elias Gwinn of Velidoxi and the recording studio documentary series, “Masters From Their Day.” (If you haven’t […]

Also posted in All Stories, December 2013, Featured Stories, Technology | Comments closed

Recording Drums, Part II: Close Mic Techniques

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Welcome back for Part 2 of our new drum mic video series. Fire up a good pair of speakers or headphones and switch your video stream to HD: This time, we’re taking a look at some of the most popular approaches for close mic’ing drums. This video was filmed at Strange Weather Brooklyn by Elias […]

Also posted in All Stories, Featured Stories, November 2013, SonicScoop | Comments closed

Drum Recording VIDEO: Overhead Mics Compared


This month, we’re happy to announce the launch of a new series on drum mic techniques with our partners over at SonicScoop. We filmed this one at Strange Weather Brooklyn, using microphones provided by Sennheiser. In this episode, you’ll learn about (and hear) some of the most popular and flexible overhead mic placements in history, […]

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How to Become the Best at What You Do (In Music, Sound, Writing, or Anything Else)


We now live in a global economy. This means that no matter what path you take in life, if you want anything that resembles a sustainable and fulfilling career, chances are that you’re going to have to become among the best in the world at what you do. This wasn’t always the case. There was […]

Also posted in All Stories, Featured Stories, Industry Trends, Rants and Raves, September 2013 | Comments closed

What to Practice (For Musicians, Writers, Audio Engineers, Entrepreneurs)

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This month, we’ve looked at the “why” and “how” of deliberate practice. It’s the only kind of activity that’s been shown, over decades of research, to make you dramatically better at the things you care most about doing. Deliberate practice is different than on-the-job experience, and in many ways, it can be even more effective. […]

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Beyond The Basics: Sidechain Compression

If you read SonicScoop, chances are you already know a thing or two about compressors. You’re probably already familiar with basic controls like your threshold, which allows you to set the point at which a compressor “kicks in”, and your ratio, which allows you to adjust the amount of compression you’ll get. Early on into […]

Also posted in Beyond The Basics, July 2013, SonicScoop, Sub-Feature 2 | Comments closed

Beyond the Basics: Harmonic Motion and the Root of All Music

Music is a rare kind of art form that is made entirely out of vibration. It’s at once both ephemeral and yet inherently physical. We will never be able to reach out and grab it in our hands, but it certainly touches us in the most literal sense of that word. If you’re feeling poetic, […]

Also posted in Beyond The Basics, May 2013, Most Popular, SonicScoop, Sub-Feature 4 | Comments closed

Analog Analogs: Approximating Vintage Sounds In the Box

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For many, the age of digital audio is also an age of analog nostalgia. Despite the ever-increasing quality of digital audio systems, all those decades of listening to the non-linearities of tubes, transformers, and tape have biased our ears in favor of older, more colored, and more costly recording methods. Unfortunately, fewer and fewer of […]

Also posted in All Stories, April 2013, Beyond The Basics, Featured Stories, Guest Posts, Technology | Comments closed

The Science of Sample Rates (When Higher Is Better — And When It Isn’t)

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One of the most hotly—and perhaps unnecessarily—debated topics in the world of audio is the one that surrounds digital sample rates. It seems an unlikely topic for polarization, but for more than 10 years, the same tired arguments have been batted about by each side with almost unrelenting intensity. At the fringes, advocates of either […]

Also posted in Beyond The Basics, Featured Stories, February 2013, Industry Trends, Most Popular, Technology | Comments closed
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