5 Tips To Bring Energy While Recording Your Music

5 Tips To Bring Energy While Recording Your MusicWhen it comes to making your band’s new album or tracking in the recording studio, you don’t want it to feel like it’s a job that will stress you out. You want your time in front of the mics to feel normal, energetic, stress-free, and a collaboration with the rest of the band.

Here are a 5 tips to keep the energy while you put your new music to track at the recording studio:

  1. Preparation – Practice, practice, practice. Prepare yourself for the recordings by making sure you are confident with your new tunes. If you play the guitar, make sure mechanically you are sound. That way everything is second nature once you are sitting down to record the tracks.
  2. Focus on the good moments – When recording don’t worry about the how it will be perceived in the future. Focus instead on how it feels at the “then and now”. Listen to the music and play it how you imagine it should be played. Use the emotions you feel and bring it to your instrument.
  3. Allow for mistakes – Don’t sweat the small stuff and remember nothing will be “perfect”. If you are too worried about playing perfectly then your performance might take a hit when you feel it isn’t. Keep the overthinking to a minimum and keep yourself in the moment.
  4. As a band, stay a team – Compliment each others performance. Critique but do it in a constructive way. That way trust is built, and no one person in the band feels left out from the recording process.
  5. Trust in your engineer – When you choose a professional recording studio like Wavemaker Studio, your music is in the great hands of veteran engineer John “Bobcat” Pollock at the recording console. This means you can focus on the energy of the music and not have to worry about how it will sound.

Take these tips and keep you or your band educated on how to make strong, energetic music in the studio. When looking for a expert recording services, look no further than Wavemaker Studio. For more information on any of the services we offer, contact us today!

Normalizing Audio For Your Recordings

Normalizing Audio For Your RecordingsGreat sounding music does not have to solely come from live performances. Recording studios have the capability to make music sound from a player just the same as if you were sitting right in front of the band. You want your sound to be absolutely perfect so that listeners get a unique and personal experience with the music. One of the most important aspects that makes recorded music flawless is the volume.

The process is referred to as normalizing audio. The term references being able to adjust the sound’s overall volume to reach a particular target, which makes the music sound its best.

Adjusting sound quality is done in either of two ways: getting the maximum volume or by matching volumes. Maximizing volume is done when an audio file is too soft and matching volumes is when a group of files with differing volumes are matched for the best sound.

To properly adjust an audio file’s volume, you have to have an accurate measurement of the volume. (Information provided by learndigitalaudio.com).

PEAK volume detection:

If you want to make the audio file as loud as you can, measuring by this form is most suitable. PEAK volume detection measures how loud the peaks of the waveforms are.

RMS volume detection:

RMS takes an average of large peaks and soft sections and produces an overall loudness of a file.

EBU R-128 Volume Detection:Normalizing Audio For Your Recordings

Similar to RMS, this measurement method most closely resembles the human hearing.

When adjusting sound quality, you do have to be mindful that change in the sound is inevitable. Normalizing audio is a process, but it is a process that produces the best sound of an audio file. To consult a professional on what entails normalizing audio, contact Wavemaker Studio.

 

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What Are The Differences Between A Condenser and Dynamic Mic?

What Are The Differences Between A Condenser and Dynamic Mic?In more ways than one, a microphone is the most important tool a musician has at his or her disposal, both inside and outside of the studio. It can make or break a recording session or a show. Because if the microphone is garbage, what does it matter if the music you’re recording or playing is beautiful? That’s why every musician needs to know what they’re getting into. And with microphones, the key question you need to answer is this: condenser or dynamic?

You’ve seen a condenser microphone before. Invented in 1916, these slim, tube-like devices have been commonplace in the studio (and laboratories, too!) since then for a reason: because, when it comes to recording, the condenser is your best friend. Able to be moved by a particularly small mass of sound waves, the condenser microphone is sure to pick up the highest-quality notes you and your band have to offer. For this type, the Rode microphone, in particular, is the most well-known.

Now onto dynamics. Before going forward, how many times have you seen clips of Hendrix, Vedder, or Bono grabbing and screaming into that famous single-standing microphone? Raise your hand if you know what we’re talking about. The classic podium of sound is an instrument in its own right; a symbol of everything that is loud, raw, rock n’ roll. And that instrument — the one we associate with any sort of live performance — is usually a dynamic microphone.

Condenser Vs Dynamic

Of course, dynamics are the opposite of condenser microphones, because their goal is simple: be loud, if not blaring. That is why they’re found on stage and not in the studio: they’re more attuned to feedback, cheap, and can get soaked, if need be. In other words: these microphones are meant to be rocked, not rolled.What Are The Differences Between A Condenser and Dynamic Mic?

Knowing the differences between these two microphones is the first step in understanding their usage. And, before you enter the studio, you’ve got to know your equipment.

Wavemaker is a Recording Studio located in San Antonio Texas. We specialize in affordable recording services for Voice Over, singers, songwriters and bands. For more information, contact Wavemaker Studio today!

 

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Audio Recording – Pop Filter vs Windscreens

Audio Recording - Pop Filter vs WindscreensMicrophones are to a musician or recording artist, as a pen is to an author. The microphone is the tool and resource in which the voice over artist, singer, band or podcaster can use to record and showcase their talents to the audience. There are various types of microphones; condenser, dynamic, ribbon, shotgun, and lavalier mics – each microphone having a different role in every recording project.

In the recording studio, microphones need protection. Not armed security, but close. The mics need protection from the pops and thumps that occur. You know how bad an announcer might sound when the popping or banging noises go over the speakers. That’s because of what are known as ‘plosive’ sounds.

Plosive sounds are commonly caused from words that start with the letters “B” or “P” in our speech into the microphones. That’s why there is a need for protection.

Microphone Audio Preservation

When in the studio you might see one of two types of plosive prevention, a pop filter or a windscreen. Both have their pros and cons, so let us take a look at which is better for you and your situation.

Pop Filter

  • In a studio a pop filter is a nearly transparent, lightweight mesh that is placed in front of the microphone. The pop filter will help guard against plosive sounds while recording vocal audio.
  • Great for indoor studio recording.
  • Windscreens are made from foam, and go over the head of the microphone. In most situations, a windscreen is for higher-wind events and outdoor recording.
  • If you are at a concert, this type of microphone protection works best.

WindscreensAudio Recording - Pop Filter vs Windscreens

In the end it is all situational and of preference, also the choice between the two can be dependent on the microphone itself. A reputable, professional recording studio will have either option and that’s why you need to find one you can trust.

By 2009 Wavemaker became the “Go To” studio for high quality voice over services and recording. For more information, contact Wavemaker Studio today!

 

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Creating Successful Sports Broadcasts On The Radio

Creating Successful Sports Broadcasts On The RadioA lot goes into making a successful sports broadcast; it takes a lot of time, patience, and work but when it all comes together it’s like an audio work of art.

It’s a three-way street to making a successful sports broadcast. It comes from the technical and production side as well as the on-air talent portion.

Technical Engineer

Technically all of the right wired connections for the broadcast are made, with the right recording switches needing to be turned on. The equipment needs to be working for both production and on-air (headsets, wireless mics, field and ice level mics, and the broadcast board itself), all the while making sure the levels are in the correct position so the audio doesn’t sound stifled or over modulate coming over the air.

Audio Production

From the production stand point, the producers must be ready to switch the broadcast on and off for when the talent is ready for the play-by-play portion of the broadcast or to switch it to commercial when it is time for halftime and intermissions.  A good production team has to be ready to get the talent back on the air live, when they ask. Then go back to the production room people at the right time, when the highlights and stats are ready during breaks from the action.

On-Air Talent

From the on-air prospective the talent must know the players of the game, stats, and when it comes to sports, an expertise of the sport being played. You have to be prepared, as you cannot fake sports knowledge when the game is coming at you fast. Talent must be ready for when production gives out the queue to go live and be able to fill in down time during the game with stories, stats, and analysis.

All the best broadcasts come when the on-air personalities are truly passionate about sports and their work; it comes across to the audience in the broadcast.Creating Successful Sports Broadcasts On The Radio

A lot of work goes into making a sports broadcast go well and at any point even the smallest blemish can throw the whole thing off. There is a lot of moving pieces that go into making any broadcast.

If you need to have you broadcasted recording to be mastered or are in need of any production services by a professional, look to Wavemaker Studio. For more information, contact Wavemaker today!

 

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Google Unveils YouTube Music Key

Google Unveils YouTube Music KeyEveryone knows about Apple’s iTunes, Pandora and Spotify are avenues for music lovers to listen to their favorite musicians on their mobile devices or while they are at home, without being tied down to purchasing a CD and the hassle that comes along with that. Mp3s have been the future and most music consumers have the accessibility of their music on their iPod or smartphone.

Google wants to get into the piece of the pie that MTV has left open since it went to reality television and averted from playing music, a market that has up until recently dominated by Apple. Now there are many contenders, and with the revamping and unveiling of the YouTube Music Key it’s another slice of the pie to divide, and with the collaboration of Vice Media and Live Nation Entertainment also jumping in the ring.

YouTube will also offer a paid subscription to Google Play Music.

The controversy with all these “freemium” music services is that the musicians and all that are involved in the music creation process feel like they aren’t being compensated with enough royalties from the free play options. This has been an issue ever since the piracy of music was the main way consumers received their music. The industry has been struggling to control piracy since then and these music services have been trying to help in that effort.Google Unveils YouTube Music Key

Recording music can be quite the process. Don’t just allow anyone to manage on your life’s work and music. Turn to the recording experts at Wavemaker Studio. Consult with Wavemaker today and get your audio recorded properly, so you can be proud of what you make.

(Source: Bloomberg)

 

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