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ON THE BENCH – WHAT’S THAT NOISE?

April 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

28 Is that sound you’re hearing ‘buzz’, ‘hiss’ or ‘crackle’? Let’s find out. Text: Rob Squire As I sit on a flight, returning to The Bench after a week’s solder-free holiday, this issue’s topic –...

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ON THE BENCH – DEALING WITH THE iTHING.

April 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

We all have some sort of iThing in our studios, venues and touring rigs these days. So how do we hook them up to equipment that predates them? Text: Rob Squire In the last issue...

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ON THE BENCH – DIY MONITOR CONTROLLER

April 24, 2014 | 6 Comments

If your studio monitoring is currently managed by something you inherited from your brother’s ’80s Dick Smith hi-fi, isn’t it high time you faced the music and found a more accurate means of listening to...

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ON THE BENCH – TROUBLESHOOTING

April 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

When things go wrong in your studio – and they always will – how prepared are you to diagnose the cause? Text: Rob Squire Nothing lasts forever! Indeed, scientists have suggested that the universe will...

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ON THE BENCH – #4

April 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Hello? Can anyone hear me? Text: Rob Squire Sitting down to write this article I’ve taken myself away from the work bench and instead planted myself front and centre in my listening room. Slipping on...

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Last issue we looked at ways to prepare yourself for the studio recording sessions. This issue we tackle the prickly subjects of budgets, producer fees and written ‘contracts’. Text: Michael Carpenter So the plans for...

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ON THE BENCH – #3

April 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Repairing a Neve 51 Series console – not for the feint hearted. Text: Rob Squire Way back in Issue 65, AT editor Andy Stewart wrote of his joy in discovering the ‘Neve’ tile wedge. These little...

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When it comes to mixing, one of the most commonly misunderstood yet critical devices is the compressor. To some it’s a formidable and baffling tool, but once mastered, the world of mixing opens up like...

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EQ is one of the broadest brush strokes a mix engineer can apply to the sonic canvas; it’s also one of the narrowest. Let’s set up the easel and push some paint around. Text: Andy...

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Mixing is becoming more and more complicated as the years progress. With track counts inevitably on the rise what do you do when faced with a complex mix, and how do you learn to do...

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