Getting the Best Vocal Recording
My Take on Music Recording with Doug Fearn
by Doug Fearn
3w ago
Send us a Text Message. Almost all pop music features someone singing. Getting the best vocal performance is crucial, since most listeners respond to the words of a song and need to be able to hear them. In this episode, I first discuss the human factors involved in getting a great performance from singers, mostly from a producer’s viewpoint. And then I focus on the technical requirements of capturing that performance using microphones, mic preamps, processing, effects, and mixing. Often there are problems to be fixed in a vocal track, and I review some of the techniques from salvaging a perfo ..read more
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Studio Accessores
My Take on Music Recording with Doug Fearn
by Doug Fearn
1M ago
There are many things that are important to create the proper studio environment for creative success. Most of these things are pretty mundane, but they do make a difference. Examples I cover in this episode include microphone stands and accessories, music stands and instrument stands, chairs, headphones, studio lighting and climate control, and mic and other cables. It’s not the most exciting equipment we deal with, but it is still important to get it right. After 50+ years of doing sessions, I have some solid ideas about what works for me. I hope you will find these ideas and suggestions hel ..read more
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Shawn Dealey on Dolby Atmos
My Take on Music Recording with Doug Fearn
by Doug Fearn
3M ago
Ever since its announcement, I have been interested in learning more about Dolby Atmos. I was skeptical at first, primarily because of my experience with “Quad” back in the 1970s. That 4-channel concept never gain any popularity with either the listening public nor in the recording community. I presumed that Atmos would be similar, just more speakers. The early demo sessions I attended left me convinced that this was going to be another dead end, like Quad. The early mixes I heard were gimmicky and did not serve the musical intent of the artist well. But as I was exposed to mixers who really u ..read more
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Compression
My Take on Music Recording with Doug Fearn
by Doug Fearn
4M ago
Compression and limiting are tools we use to modify the dynamic range of the music we record. In this episode, I present a brief history of where this technique came from, how it evolved over the years since the 1930s. I discuss the various ways that compression circuits work, from the variable-mu vacuum tube, to the optical compressor, the FET, the VCA, the PWM, and the digital limiters. I explain how these different approaches affect the sound in different ways. There are often a lot of adjustments on a compressor, and I go through the most common controls you are likely to encounter and wha ..read more
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Audiophiles Guide to Music Recording - Part 2
My Take on Music Recording with Doug Fearn
by Doug Fearn
5M ago
This is part 2 of the Audiophiles Guide to Music Recording. You can listen to part 1 at https://www.buzzsprout.com/942952/14335456 Or you can access part 1 wherever you listen to podcasts. My Take on Music Recording is primarily aimed at people in the professional recording world, but there are a significant number of listeners who are music lovers and audiophiles. This episode provides an overview of the recording process for them. However, I think even people in our profession might enjoy how I attempt to explain the recording studio process in layman’s terms. This reflects my experience an ..read more
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Audiophiles Guide to Music Recording - Part 1
My Take on Music Recording with Doug Fearn
by Doug Fearn
5M ago
My Take on Music Recording is primarily aimed at people in the professional recording world, but there are a significant number of listeners who are music lovers and audiophiles. This episode provides an overview of the recording process for them. However, I think even people in our profession might enjoy how I attempt to explain the recording studio process in layman’s terms. This reflects my experience and how I work as a producer and engineer. I tend to carry over the tools and techniques that I have learned over the last five decades. They work best for me and my style of recording. I know ..read more
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Reverb
My Take on Music Recording with Doug Fearn
by Doug Fearn
6M ago
Music is meant to be heard in an appropriate acoustical environment. But many times, we have to record in a space that does not have the right sound to it. Artificial reverb is often the solution. In this episode, I talk about good room sound in a studio, and the earliest methods of creating a reverberation sound. That started with spring reverb, then acoustic echo chambers, tape delay, plate reverbs, and finally the digital reverbs that are used today on most recordings. I discuss the origins of those techniques for creating reverb, and the strengths and weaknesses of each, along with my impr ..read more
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Improving Acoustic Spaces
My Take on Music Recording with Doug Fearn
by Doug Fearn
8M ago
Every recording is made is some sort of space. It might be a room, and studio, a church, a concert hall, or even outside. The space where the music is performed, and where the microphones pick up the music always influences the sound of the recording. You might think that close-mic’ing in a dead room eliminates the contribution of the room, but it is still there, for better or worse. The room influences our perception of the performance. Our brain draws conclusions about the space. A listener may form a mental image of the musicians and the room, based on what they hear. Usually, most listener ..read more
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Record Better
My Take on Music Recording with Doug Fearn
by Doug Fearn
9M ago
How do we make our recordings better? I have thought about this for over 50 years and in this episode, I have tried to distill what I learned into a dozen general rules. The best way to make great recordings is to start with great performers. But even if you aren’t recording the best talent in the world, there are still ways to improve what you get. email: dwfearn@dwfearn.com www.youtube.com/c/DWFearn https://dwfearn.com ..read more
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Recording Unfamiliar Instruments
My Take on Music Recording with Doug Fearn
by Doug Fearn
9M ago
What if you were suddenly confronted with recording an instrument you had never had in the studio before? Or one you never heard before? Or one you never knew existed? How do you figure out how to capture its sound? Where do you place a microphone? What microphone will you use? In this episode I suggest various ways to evaluate an unfamiliar instrument or sound, using some examples from my own experience, and a few rules of thumb to get started. This topic was suggested by a listener. If you have ideas for a episode, let me know. dwfearn@dwfearn.com email: dwfearn@dwfearn.com www.youtube.com/c ..read more
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