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Bruce Swedien Recording Tips

Bruce Swedien

A Bruce Swedien Article. This article was originally published online in 2006. It is an excellent piece for recording engineers and musicians. Bruce Swedien is a famous recording engineer, who worked with producer Quincy Jones on hundreds of tracks, including Michael Jackson, Sergio Mendez, Brothers Johnson etc. He also did “We Are The World”. He […]

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Motown Compression Mixing Technique


The recording and mixing engineers at Tamla Motown Hit Factory studios in the 60’s and 70’s used a special technique to get maximum punch into their mixes without squashing the dynamic life out of it. (as is so prevalent in today’s music) The trick is to make the mix “sound” louder, by using compression. Radio […]

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The difference between delay and reverb

delay and reverb

Do you know the difference between delay and reverb? Recording and mixing musical instruments and vocals offers the musician hundreds of sound colours by way of DAW plug-ins. One of the most-loved effects for guitarists is the delay. (or echo) Hank Marvin of the Shadows crafted a whole new sound in the late fifties and […]

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How to record guitar

how to record guitar

Guide to recording guitars. The ability of how to record guitar and obtain the right sound in 2016 can be daunting. How to record guitar these days can be very challenging mainly due to the ever changing advances in technology. There are different ways to achieve the goal, and of course this depends on whether […]

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Setting up Stereo Monitors

speaker monitor

Setting up Stereo Monitor There are a few basic rules that professional sound engineers adhere to in setting up near-field studio monitor speakers.They are simple rules but all of them must be obeyed if you want the best results. Any one of them should be ignored at your peril. * Avoid positioning speaker cabinets close […]

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Matching a Sound System to Application


Matching a Sound System, another article from Paul Johansen. Once a client has made the initial approach, the sound company is faced with the job of making sure the equipment they supply is correct for the purpose intended. This often requires a site visit with the client present at the meeting to discuss the presentation […]

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Drum Kit Mix

drum kit mix

The Left and Right of the Drum Kit Mix This question was put to me recently by a young student. Which is the correct way for sound engineers to create a drum kit mix for a recording or stage performance? Sound engineers are not unanimous on this one: the question of stereo perspective, as heard […]

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A live Performance


A good live performance another article by Paul Johansen of Stage Sound Having done live sound engineering for bands for over 30 years I have at least some insight into what makes a good live performance from the audiences point of view. Some very good talent is coming through at present and there is little […]

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Finding work as a sound engineer

sound engineer

Sound Engineer work prospects Sound engineers are generally divided into two groups and they are either full time employees or part time free-lancers who may work for all manner of different live acts and or event managers. Often these free-lancers are picked off by the sound companies who realise they have a very capable person […]

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Audio Engineers and Sound Technicians

audio engineer

Audio Engineers An article written by Paul Johansen of Stage Sound Ltd. Both these terms are bandied around the audio industry with so much dubious veracity that their meaning has become clouded and confused. There are numerous other derivatives as well that are equally meaningless such as sound engineer and soundman. Unless you know what […]

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