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Safe Sound Levels...How Loud is too Loud?

Posted by Jeb Lipson

Jan 29, 2015 12:30:00 PM

We work with audio and sound all day long, year in and year out. It's shocking how little knowledge many people in our profession have regarding safe sound pressure levels to avoid hearing loss. Listening habits will eventually take a toll on our ability to hear properly. By understanding some basics about hearing safety we can take some steps to make sure our hearing stays intact all through our career!


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Topics: Music Education, niosh, safe sound levels, Audio Engineering and Recording Tips

Important Things to Remember when Recording Drums

Posted by Josh Hayword

Jan 27, 2015 12:30:00 PM

One of the most popular questions we hear in the Recording Engineer courses here at Pinnacle next to how do you get a great guitar sound, is how do you get a huge drum sound. Like everything else in industry, it all starts at the source meaning how you recorded it. Taking the time to get the sound right at the source means better sounding recordings, less processing should be needed and your mixes will come together quickly and easily!

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Topics: rejection angles, Music Education, How To Guides, Audio Engineering, recording drums, Audio Engineering and Recording Tips

Build Your Own Studio Gear: DIY Audio Equipment

Posted by Robb Krysl

Jan 22, 2015 12:30:00 PM

There are tons of equipment manufacturers out there today coming up with new products all the time. How would you like to build your own audio equipment for a fraction of the cost of buying it pre-built? Well, you're in luck! In the last decade there has been a surge in new companies who design audio equipment and sell it fairly cheaply to the customer who then assembles the gear. This is the world of Do It Yourself audio equipment. 

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Topics: studio gear, DIY, audio equipment

Ergonomics and Task Chairs in Studio Environments

Posted by Robb Krysl

Jan 20, 2015 12:15:29 PM

Being an Audio Professional usually comes with long hours seated in a studio. Staying comfortable and relaxed is key to having great sessions. One very important item that will make your long hours of sitting a breeze is your Task Chair. By sitting in a Task Chair that has good ergonomics, is adjustable and keeps you cool, you will be able to stay focused and comfortable through even a twenty-two hour session!

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Topics: Seating, Ergonomics, Task Chair

5 Tips For an Audio Engineer's Successful Studio Recording Session

Posted by Josh Hayword

Jan 15, 2015 11:58:00 AM

When it comes to the recording arts, you must be "on the ball"! It’s important to remember that, to a large extent, everything really falls on your shoulders. You have to keep in mind that being one step ahead in a recording situation is essential. Let's cover some tips for having a smooth running, successful and professional recording session that will help earn you more work in the future!

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Topics: recording studio, sound studio, Audio Engineering, music studio, studio sessions, Audio Engineering and Recording Tips

Critical Listening Training Resources For Audio Professionals

Posted by Robb Krysl

Jan 13, 2015 12:30:00 PM

Critical Listening is a very important aspect when working as an Audio Professional. This post will introduce you to some great training resources to help you improve your Critical Listening skills. By focusing on and developing this skill further you will be able to EQ faster, pick out individual frequencies, identify frequency bands, hear volume changes easier and determine if there is any distortion or noise in the signal. In other words, your work will sound better and take less time to complete!

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Topics: Critical Listening

The Importance of Cable Quality in Your Signal Chain

Posted by Robb Krysl

Jan 8, 2015 2:45:00 PM

There are a lot of options out there when it comes to cables. Most novice Engineers and Producers I know tend to buy cheaper cables as they are starting to build there studio. This seems like the most practical approach, buy cheaper cable and eventually upgrade. What it comes down to is a question that doesn't get answered all too often, does the quality of a cable really make a noticeable and worthwhile difference in sound quality? Excellent question! I will be tackling that very question in this post so you can hear for yourself whether a cable upgrade is worth it to you! Now you won't have to buy and try a bunch of cables only to have to return the ones that aren't what you want! Let's get started!

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Topics: Cable Quality, Signal Chain

How To Build Your Own Professional Acoustic Diffusors

Posted by Robb Krysl

Jan 7, 2015 12:26:00 PM

An accurate space is very important when dealing with professional audio. In previous posts I introduced you to some free acoustic measurement software and How to Build Your Own Professional Acoustic Absorbersto help you dial in your space. In this post I will be showing you how to build your own professional acoustic Diffusors for a fraction of what it would cost to buy them pre-made! By using the software, absorbers and diffusors together you will be able to make your workspace a much more accurate listening or tracking space. That means you will spend less time dialing in a mix, you will be able to hear issues in any recording easier and you will save money by building your own treatment!


"Diffusion in simple terms is the scattering of sound energy. When sound bounces off hard flat surfaces, the energy remains very much intact yielding discrete echoes. These echoes will produce destructive effects like comb filtering, standing waves and flutter echoes which degrade speech intelligibility and music clarity. Installing sound diffusors can deal with this problem. Diffusors interrupt discrete echoes by scattering or diffusing sound energy over a wide area without removing it from the room.  This maintains sound clarity and improves speech intelligibility." - http://www.acousticsfirst.com/

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Topics: Acoustics, Diffusion

The Epic Audio Production New Years Resolution Resource List

Posted by Robb Krysl

Jan 1, 2015 10:36:13 AM

It's that time again. The end of one year and the start of a brand new one. Time to go through all of the lists of articles, posts and other learning resources for Audio Engineers and Music Producers to help with those New Year Resolutions. So many skills and potential knowledge to be gained! We have taken the time to compile a list of the best resources so you can find most topics in one place!

Invest in yourself this New Year!

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Topics: Music Production, Audio Engineering and Recording Tips

Is Analog Summing Better Than Digital Summing?

Posted by Robb Krysl

Dec 30, 2014 12:31:00 PM

There has been a debate going on in the professional audio world for some time now about whether or not Analog Summing sounds better than In The Box Summing. This post will look at an example track that has been mixed and summed using both processes allowing for direct comparisons. This will give you the opportunity to hear for yourself exactly what everyone is discussing and make an informed decision about your personal preference similar to our previous post Digital Recording vs. Analog Recording - Which One is Better?


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Topics: Digital Summing, In The Box Summing, Analog Summing

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