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Recording, Honing Your Craft

Apr 28, 2016 10:00 AM

Bobby Owsinski

A Step-by-Step Guide to Recording the Bass Drum

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This is an excerpt from Audio Recording Basic Training by Bobby Owsinski. It has been reprinted here with permission.


The bass drum anchors the band and, along with the snare, provides the pulse of the song. Because it can come in different sizes and be used with the front head on or off, its sound will vary a lot more than the other drums.

Most of the time you’ll get the best sound for recording out of a bass drum if the front head is removed, since this gets rid of any overtones that the combination of the front and rear head might produce. Even with a hole in the front head, some overtones may still exist. Either way, it’s best to place a packing blanket or some heavy towels so they just touch both heads so the sound will be tight and punchy. Pack the blanket closer to the rear head for more muffling.

mastering, Honing Your Craft

Apr 26, 2016 07:00 AM

Bobby Owsinski

The Basic 6-Step Mastering Technique That the Pros Use

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This is an excerpt from The Mastering Engineer's Handbook by Bobby Owsinski. It has been reprinted here with permission.


The actual mechanics of mastering can be broken down into a number of functions, namely maximizing the level of a song or songs, adjusting the frequency balance if necessary, performing any editing, adding fades and spreads, and inserting PQ codes, ISRC codes, and metadata.

What really separates the upper echelon mastering engineers from the rest is the ability to make the music (any kind of music) as big and loud and tonally balanced as possible, but with the taste to know how far to take those operations. The DAW functions, on the other hand, are somewhat mechanical, and although there are tricks involved, they usually don’t get the same amount of attention as the former. We’ll look at all of those techniques in this chapter, but first, let’s look at the basic approach used by most pro mastering engineers.

The 2 Schools of Thought on Guitar Effects Order

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This article originally appeared on The Music 3.0 Blog.


As part of finding the best tone, guitar players are constantly juggling the order of their effects pedals to find the best combination of low noise and great sound. It's a never-ending search, but there are some guidelines that come from come from pedalboard experts like Bob Bradshaw.

Here's an excerpt from my Ultimate Guitar Tone Handbook (written with the great Rich Tozzoli) that looks at the two basic schools of thought on pedal order.

Musicians: 5 Tips for a Better Photo Shoot

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This article originally appeared on The Music 3.0 Blog.


A good picture is such an important element, yet it's frequently given such little thought by the artist that it's almost a waste of time and money. It's for that reason that I thought these five tips to photo shoots might help.

Bands: Here's Everything You Need to Know About Pre-Production

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This is an excerpt from The Music Producer's Handbook by Bobby Owsinski. It has been reprinted here with permission.


Maybe the most crucial time in the entire recording process is the time before you actually record, which is known as pre-production. Almost always, the more time you spend in pre-production, the smoother the recording will go. It's in pre-production where the songs are chosen, arrangements worked out, and parts are learned so well that the only thing to concentrate on during recording is the performance.