Category Archives: Guest Blogger Series

Steve Lagudi Blog Series: Guitars & Bass in a Live Setting – Acoustic Guitars, Part 1

This is the ninth installment in guest blogger Steve Lagudi’s series on Guitars & Bass in a Live Setting – if you missed his latest post – Part 2 of his series on Dynamics and Effects – you can read it here.

I know…you are probably thinking, acoustic guitars in metal and hard rock?! Yep, it does happen. There are two usual approaches when dealing with acoustics. Some have a built-in pickup, which can sound good, but oftentimes doesn’t, so using a good DI box and bypassing (setting flat) any of the tone controls can give you something better to work with. The second approach: using mics on it. Once again, it can be either a dynamic, condenser, or a combination of both mics and even a combination of the mics and the DI.

On the road again.

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Steve Lagudi Blog Series: Guitars & Bass in a Live Setting – Treatment: Dynamics and Effects, Part 2

This is the eighth installment in guest blogger Steve Lagudi’s series on Guitars & Bass in a Live Setting – if you missed Part 1 of his posts on Dynamics and Effects, you can read it here.

Now for the fun part! Effects. Some folks would ask “Why add effects, most guitar players have a billion pedals in front of ’em, so why add more?” Well, why not? No doubt the players are adding in effects to create a specific sound, with reverbs, delays, flange, chorus, phase, and so on and so on. Sometimes those effects might not translate very well when mic’d up and coming through a PA, so we might need to help support it, or even gloss it up more to help it stand out.

Steve’s home while on the road.

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Steve Lagudi Blog Series: Guitars & Bass in a Live Setting – Treatment: Dynamics and Effects, Part 1

This is the seventh installment in guest blogger Steve Lagudi’s series on Guitars & Bass in a Live Setting – if you missed his most recent four-part series on selecting and placing mics on stage, you can read it here.

So I covered what mics I like, how I place them and so on. I touched a little on how I EQ (or lack of EQ I should say). Now let’s talk a little about other treatments, such as dynamics and effects.

Steve at home, in the studio.

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Always In Record, Part 4

The Backup Plan 

This is the fourth installment in guest blogger Ryan Hewitt’s series on recording. Today he discusses the value of backup plans. If you missed his last post on staying to get the job done, you can read it here.

Have you ever meticulously planned out your recording setup only to use absolutely none of the equipment you thought you’d want to use?  Yeah, me too.

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Ryan Hewitt, Always In Record. (Photo: Ryan Hewitt/Facebook)

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Always In Record, Part 3

The All-Nighter

This is the third installment in guest blogger Ryan Hewitt’s series on recording. Today he looks at what it takes to get the job done. If you missed his last post on default recording setups, you can read it here.

Working on remote trucks through the early stages of my career taught me many lessons that I live by today in the studio, one of which is that we don’t go home till the job is done.

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Ryan mixing it up in the studio. (Photo: Ryan Hewitt/Facebook)

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Always In Record, Part 2

Default Setup

This is the second installment in guest blogger Ryan Hewitt’s series on recording. Today he discusses the pros and cons of default settings. If you missed his initial post about being “always in record,” you can read it here.

When you open a plugin these days, you get the “default setting;” all controls set to something “normal,” or unaffected, or something the maker deems a worthy place to start from.

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Ryan in the studio. (Photo: Victoria Perova)

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Ryan Hewitt: Always In Record, Part 1

Intro

This is the first installment in guest blogger Ryan Hewitt’s “Always in Record” series, which will cover various aspects of the recording experience from an engineer’s perspective. Today Ryan discusses the inspiration for the series title and why, indeed, it is important to be “always in record.”

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Ryan Hewitt at home in the studio. (Photo: Victoria Perova)

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Steve Lagudi Blog Series: Guitars & Bass in a Live Setting – Selecting and Placing Mics On Stage, Part 4

This is the sixth installment in guest blogger Steve Lagudi’s series on Guitars & Bass in a Live Setting, and the fourth part of the discussion on selecting and placing mics on stage – if you missed Part 3 of his post on selecting and placing mics, you can read it here.

My mic technique works for the heavily distorted guitars, but what about clean parts? This too gives a really nice result, so it will work. It’s hard to put into words how something sounds – and as you sit here and read this you cannot really hear an example of it – so the best way for me to describe it is like this…it sounds just as it does coming out of the amp if you were standing in front of the cabinet. It gives a solid recreation of what you’re hearing with no coloration.

Steve at home in the studio. (Photo: Steve Lagudi/Instagram)

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Steve Lagudi Blog Series: Guitars & Bass in a Live Setting – Selecting and Placing Mics On Stage, Part 3

This is the fifth installment in guest blogger Steve Lagudi’s series on Guitars & Bass in a Live Setting, and the third part of the discussion on selecting and placing mics on stage – if you missed Part 2 of his post on selecting and placing mics, you can read it here.

Steve’s ‘view from the office.’ (Photo: Steve Lagudi/Instagram)

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