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Audio Tech

  • So Many Speaker Choices!

    Bobby Owsinski | October 9, 2021A few months ago, we looked at the basics of how to choose a set of monitor speakers, and now we’ll go a bit more in-depth. If you recall, there are two basic principles when it comes to monitors. The first is that no matter how good or bad your speakers are, you can get used […] Read More...
  • Basic Stereo Recording Techniques

    Bobby Owsinski | September 7, 2021One of the simplest ways of recording a band of any size is to record in stereo using just use a couple of same model microphones. That sounds easy enough, but for anyone who’s tried it, you know that there are so many ways that you can set up just these two mics that it […] Read More...
  • A Look at Monitor Speakers – Take 2

    Bobby Owsinski | July 10, 2021Last issue we looked at the importance of high-quality reference material when you’re evaluating monitor speakers, how each monitor has a sweet spot playback level where it performs best, and how to evaluate a monitor speaker. This month we’ll look a little closer at monitor speakers themselves. Size Matters One of the biggest decisions (besides […] Read More...
  • A Look at Monitor Speakers

    Bobby Owsinski | June 12, 2021There are so many monitor speakers to choose from. Which are right for your needs? In the June issue of SBO, audio expert Bobby Owsinski offers advice on making the optimum choice. Read More...
  • How to Add Reverb

    Bobby Owsinski | May 4, 2021What exactly is reverb, and when should you be adding it to your live sound systems, or recordings of your student projects? What will you teach your students about reverb? In SBO’s May 2021 issue, audio expert Bobby Owsinski has the simple answers you can easily implement. Read More...
  • How to Use EQ

    Bobby Owsinski | April 6, 2021Sooner or later, everyone using audio gear is confronted with an equalizer, or EQ as we’ve come to know it. This can be a real simple bass and treble control on a car radio (although most are now more sophisticated than that) to a multi-band parametric EQ to a 31 band graphic. Don’t panic, here’s […] Read More...
  • Compression – What It Is and How to Use It

    Bobby Owsinski | March 6, 2021One of the audio operations that many find initially confusing is compression. While you might be aware of what it is in a general sense, you might not be aware of just how widely it’s used and why. In SBO's March 2021 issue, producer/engineer Bobby Owsinski discusses what compression is and how it's used. Read More...
  • Let’s Throw a Little Light on the Subject

    Bobby Owsinski | February 6, 2021We’ve gone over how to make your audio shine on your Zoom presentations, now let’s talk about the visual side for a bit. Although most people on a Zoom/Skype/Teams/etc. call don’t have to worry so much about how they look, it’s different for a teacher. You need your students to see you clearly so you […] Read More...
  • A Guide To Computer Audio Interfaces

    Mike Lawson | January 8, 2021

    Getting audio into and out of a computer can be confusing – not necessarily because of the actual process or software used, but because there are so many choices when it comes to actually picking an interface before you get started.

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  • The Right Signal Level for Every Situation

    Mike Lawson | December 3, 2020

    A fundamental of clean audio is setting the right level so there are no overloads. It seems like such an easy concept to those of us who’ve been recording for a while, yet until you get the hang of it, there’s most always some confusion about what works and what doesn’t. Hopefully you’ll never have to think about it again after reading this column today.

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  • The Magic High-Pass Filter

    Mike Lawson | October 28, 2020

    If you recently purchased a USB microphone, or almost any mic for that matter, you might notice the little “broken leg” symbol somewhere on the body. This is the switch for the powerful high-pass filter, one of the most understated and overlooked controls in all of audio.

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  • Prepare Your Students For Your Online Class

    Mike Lawson | October 1, 2020

    It’s all well and good that you’re expertly prepared for your online session, but what about your students? There’s nothing worse than having someone (student or otherwise) disrupt a session because they can’t connect, can’t get their audio or video going, or has intermittent bandwidth.

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