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F.O.H. 101 // Equalization

In its most simple terms, equalization (or EQ, for short) refers to the boosting of desired frequencies and cutting of undesirable frequencies on a given audio signal.  In broader usage,  it can be used to correct specific problems on that signal, to overcome deficiencies in the frequency response of a microphone (or the timbre of […]

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F.O.H. 101 // Gain Staging

The most important thing that we as audio engineers do is get signal from instrument to speakers.  But to do that, the signal (at its most basic level) must first pass from the instrument into a microphone or DI box, down a line, through a snake, into a console, into a preamp, through an equalizer, […]

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F.O.H. 101 // Noise Gates

Be sure to check out the previous posts in FOH 101: Microphone Selection, Microphone Placement, and Compressors and Limiters. NOISE GATES Noise gates are a Front-of-House engineer’s best friend.  Their ability to clean up an audio signal, reduce noise, and make the mix sound crisp and clear is unrivaled.  Adding a gate to an audio […]

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F.O.H. 101 // Compressors & Limiters

COMPRESSORS AND LIMITERS Military communications during the Second World War were, at best, strained.  Equipment of the time could not properly transmit the quieter sounds of the human voice over the sounds of battle because they were drowned out by the louder gunfire noises and explosions.  New technology had to be developed so that radio […]

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F.O.H. 101 // Microphone Placement

BASIC MICROPHONE PLACEMENT Now that we’re able to make informed decisions in regards to selecting the best microphone for the job, we’re ready to place them on the instrument to get the best possible sound.  As with microphone selection, placement of the microphone largely comes down to personal preference and how they sound in your […]

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F.O.H. 101 // Microphone Selection

HOW MICROPHONES WORK A microphone is a form of transducer, or a device that changes one form of energy into another corresponding form of energy.  The same way that the magnets in guitar pickups turn the vibration of the strings into electrical energy, the microphone turns changes in air pressure into an electrical signal.  That […]