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Recording Healey Willan’s “The Reproaches” Part 1

April 4th, 2014

By Frank Lockwood

The recordings described here were done at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Toronto from January to May, 2009. This article is based on a presentation given by Frank Lockwood to the AES Toronto chapter in January, 2014.

1-01 mic placement

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The Last 10 Per Cent

February 11th, 2014

PS Feb14 SoundAdvice McCambridgeBy Ryan McCambridge


“The devil is in the details” is likely the most valuable idiom relevant to audio production. There seem to be multiple definitions for the phrase, but the overarching theme is always the same: The details will make or break a project. I didn’t set out to open this article with a clichéd definition, but I think that it’s the best way to illustrate what I’ve come to call “the last 10 per cent.”
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Get The PA Right First

February 11th, 2014

PS Feb14 SoundAdvice ClarkeBy Graham Clarke


When mixing any live act, it’s imperative that you first get the PA right. You may have had the production supplier bring an XL4 and racks full of tube comps or an Avid desk loaded with plug-ins, but if the PA and crossover aren’t properly configured, you’re not doing your client justice.

In this world of line arrays and digital crossovers, we have lots of new tablet apps and tools that allow us to remotely make adjustments and walk the 300 level of the arenas or the balconies of the theatres while making zone level adjustments and matching complimentary EQ to the various components of the system. We need to give the people in the balconies and side seats the same quality experience and imaging as the person sitting in the twelfth row.
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The Lack Of Meaningful Loudspeaker & Headphone Specs

December 11th, 2013

SeanOliveBy Dr. Sean Olive

AES International President Dr. Sean Olive, also the Director Acoustic Research for Harman International, tells PS that one of his biggest pet peeves is a lack of perceptually meaningful loudspeaker and headphone specifications for consumers. Here he is explaining what he means and what should change…

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Quick Tips On Miking Pianos

December 11th, 2013

KevinDietzBy Kevin Dietz

There are as many ways to mic a piano as there are types of pianos. For that reason, it’s important to think about what type of sound you want to achieve when recording. Even a grand piano can yield a variety of sounds depending on mic selection and placement.
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Killer Kick & Snare Sounds Part 2

October 25th, 2013

By Greg DawsonPS Aug13 SoundAdvice GregD
By For Part 1 of the column, see the August 2013 issue of PS.
For this column, I’m going to focus on the kick drum and snare drum and how you can obtain crushing drum tones for various rock styles through a balance of live miking and triggering techniques. My goal is always to get as much sound from the original source as possible. This keeps my drums sounding organic and roomy. Here are some key ingredients for killer kick and snare sounds:
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