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Audio Tech

  • How to Use Reverb the Right Way – Part 3

    Bobby Owsinski | January 19, 2022Last month I looked at the most important reverb parameters: decay and pre-delay, and how to set them up. Now I’m going to give you the secret to setting up your reverb so it always works in a track. If you’re like most musicians, reverb can be a mysterious thing. It works great on a […] Read More...
  • How to Use Reverb the Right Way – Part 2

    Bobby Owsinski | December 18, 2021Last month I looked at the 6 different types of reverbs available to us and a little history on them as well. This month we’ll get into the nitty gritty of actually making these things work. Since it’s rare when anyone actually uses real chambers, rooms or dedicated hardware reverb units anymore, we’ll just refer […] Read More...
  • How to Use Reverb the Right Way – Part 1

    Bobby Owsinski | November 12, 2021One of the places that puts a mix immediately into the “amateur” category is the use of effects, especially reverb. What tends to happen more times than not is that an inexperienced musician/neophyte mixing engineer will try to get a more polished sound by dumping a ton of reverb on a track only to end […] Read More...
  • 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

    SBO Staff | April 26, 2021Sooner or later, everyone using audio gear is confronted with an equalizer, or EQ as we’ve come to know it. 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 By Bobby Owsinski

    SBO Staff | March 19, 2021While 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.  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...
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