Tag : audio engineers

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Miking Acoustic Guitars

As I’ve watched some young engineers record acoustic guitars (or any acoustic instrument such as a mandolin, ukulele, etc), I’ve discovered that very little thought seems to go into this process. So I’ll briefly share some techniques that I personally use which will undoubtedly yield you some great results! These aren’t new or groundbreaking techniques by any means, but I’ve noticed that a shockingly large number of engineers do not get good captures when it comes to these instruments. So here we go; let’s start with two quality small diaphragm condenser microphones. And no, they do NOT need to be Read more
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UNSIGNED GRIND – Hosted by 97.9 The Beat and ArtistsofHipHop.com

  We are proud to announce us partnering with ArtistsofHipHop.com and Radio One to host “The Unsigned Grind” showcase.  97.9 The Beat has teamed up with ArtistsofHipHop.com to bring awareness to HIV.  Winners of The Unsigned Grind online contest will compete for a chance to perform at the 6th Annual Hip Hop for HIV concert at the Fort Worth Convention Center on August 25, 2013. HIV testing will be free and available to anyone who attends the event. After you are finished with the test, you will find out the results within 1 minute! Anyone who takes an HIV test Read more
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The Importance of a Recording Timeline

We’ve all been there. The drummer overslept, the guitarist is late, and the bass player has to leave early to hang out with his girlfriend. None of us enjoy being in this kind of a situation, and that is why having a planned out recording schedule can help improve session flow and save you time (and money). Assuming your band is well rehearsed and prepared for their recording session, there are several steps you will want to take to prevent the session from coming to a screeching halt. The key factor to preparing for a productive recording session is a Session Read more
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FREE WEBINAR TODAY @ 1pm- “Personal Monitoring in Houses of Worship”

As worship media becomes more complex and professional, personal monitoring becomes a key step in the learning curve and perhaps the single most important way to upgrade the quality of the worship experience both for listeners and presenters . This webcast from Sound & Video Contractor looks at how to set up a variety of monitoring solutions for musicians, choir, and pastor, including floor-wedges, in-ear monitors and wireless belt packs, as well as how to integrate both wired and wireless support equipment including transmitters, antenna, limiters, digital snakes in ways that are effective but simple to use for non-professionals. We’ll Read more
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Congratulations To One Of Our Own!

Our receptionist, Rae Nyx, will be featured in a CD Sampler for MB Agency in California! Her band, Diminished 5th have decided to place the acoustic version of “Come With Me” on the CD have been working hard to finish their album in hopes of having it out in the next year! Rae has been keeping herself busy with her band and Chae Balistreri, an artist from Longview, Texas. She is the producer and engineer for his album. She has put alot of her time into getting his album just right, as well as her own. To hear the song Read more
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California CD Sampler will feature one of our own!!

Rae Nyx, Dallas Receptionist, will be featured on a California CD Sampler that is being put out by MB Agency! Rae’s band Diminished 5th are picking out the song at this very moment. Rae is a recent graduate of MediaTech and has become a vocal coach of some of our students! We can’t wait until it all goes through! We will post an update as to when the CD will be released! Check out Diminished 5th’s facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Diminished-5th/194614857237397 and their myspace page at www.myspace.com/dim5thmusic! Or follow Rae on Twitter at www.twitter.com @Rae_Nykie_Nyx! Read more
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SURF’S UP! Mediatech Institute’s New Oceanside, CA Campus Officially Open!

The newest campus for MediaTech Institute is located in scenic Oceanside, California. Just a stone’s throw from the water, this all new facility features equipment from Digidesign, Solid State Logic, JBL, and other major manufacturers. Course offerings will include the Recording Arts Program and the Digital Film and Video Arts Program. Consisting of two control rooms, a theater, and four recording areas, all connected to a central patch room, the Oceanside campus provides the ultimate in flexible connectivity. This beautiful facility was built from the ground up to provide the best possible conditions for both professional work and a fantastic Read more
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Cruise Ship Musicians: The Audition Process

Most cruise lines have an orchestra (aka Show Band) on board. This 5-10 piece band plays the production shows, headliner shows and big band or top 40 sets on board. Electric bass, drums, guitar, keys, sax, trombone & trumpet are the most common instrumentation. The most important requirement in securing one of these jobs is your sight reading ability. No matter what instrument you play, you’ll need to schedule and pass an audition prior to working on board a cruise ship. Each company has their own audition process, however; here is the industry standard: Scheduling an Audition Regardless of the cruise Read more
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Reason 5 worth the upgrade?

Article from FutureMusic. Propellerhead Software, a boutique music software developer from Sweden, has updated Reason and Record, their two flagship products. For those of you that have been living under a rock for the past 10 years or so, Reason has firmly established itself within the industry as a robust and creative music production solution that both established and brand new users have found very attractive. Reason was released at the end of 2000 as a virtual replacement for your hardware studio gear. In fact, it utilized the “rack” concept as a visual metaphor, even going so far as to Read more
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Top 5 Recording Tips To Live By

By Joe Shambro, About.com Guide No matter what type of music you record, or how simple or complex your studio is, there are a few tips to keep in mind when you’re starting your recording project. Remember, these aren’t just beginner’s tips; I know many recording engineers – myself included – who’ve been doing this for years who live by these same rules. It’s easy to get caught unprepared — here’s five tips to help you avoid it. 1. The Better The Source, The Better The Recording The first rule to live by is quite simple:  the better the source, the better Read more