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Notes on Mixing Live Sound for Theatre

February 23, 2011 | 9 Comments

Lately, I’ve been working on mixing a small musical that will debut this Friday. It’s definitely a step outside of my comfort zone as mixing live is very different from mixing in a studio, and mixing a musical is very different from mixing a band. Here’s a compilation of some of the things I’ve learned and things that are different from studio work.

NSP BreakOut

NSP BreakOut: Handmade interface for your iPhone

December 19, 2010 | 10 Comments

With the amount of cool apps coming out for iOS, there hasn’t been a whole lot of good hardware solutions for getting great sound in and out of the iPhone/iPod Touch. Sure there are some for plugging in a guitar, but they aren’t exactly the highest quality. New Signal Process, a boutique shop out of Portland Oregon, has released the NSP BreakOut to remedy that situation.


Quick Logic tip – Automate Bypass on Effects

November 11, 2010 | 46 Comments

When I first started working with Logic, I immediately maxed out its processing power on my laptop within the first 5 minutes. In the time since then, I’ve done full 36 track mixes with effects, and mixed my own complete productions; all of this involved eking out as much processing and hard drive performance as I could from my laptop.

Avid Protools SE

Protools SE: simplifying is not always a bad thing

November 3, 2010 | 36 Comments

I’m sure you’ve all heard that Protools, along with going native, now has an SE version that ships with either a USB microphone, an interface similar to the Mbox mini, or a MIDI keyboard. You may also have heard that you don’t have to go to your local Guitar Center to buy one either; you can get them at Best Buy.

Noise Gate

What a Noise Gate Does

October 17, 2010 | No comments yet

Imagine you’re a mix engineer and you get a song to mix recorded by another engineer. Unfortunately, it has a lot of noise: hissing, pops, background noise. When there’s something playing on that track, for example the vocalist is singing, you can barely hear the noise, but if the singer isn’t singing constantly, you can hear it.