Doug Fearn draws on his 50+ years as a recording engineer, record producer, studio owner, and pro audio equipment designer to explain the art and science of recording for the audiophile, music lover, and people in the music recording industry.
Your Recording Style
If everyone recorded music the same way, everything we did would sound the same. But we don’t record the same way, and those differences are part of what makes up our recording style.
In this relatively short episode, I talk about how I developed my recording style, and outline some of the things we might do to help us each come up with our own style.
I would like to hear from you how you developed your style. Has it changed over the years? Do you have a different style for different types of music? What was helpful in your quest for your style?
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Studio Technology for Musicians Part 3 (with Corrie Lynn Green)
In this third and final part of my conversation with Corrie Lynn Green, we deviate somewhat from the technology of the studio and discuss the role of the producer.
There are plenty of additional topics that Corrie and I could discuss, and if there is sufficient interest, we can do more the next time Corrie is here for recording.
Let me know if you found this episode helpful, and feel free to suggest topics for this or any other area of recording that you would like to hear about.
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Studio Technology for Musicians Part 2 (with Corrie Lynn Green)
In the previous episode, I had a conversation with singer-songwriter Corrie Lynn Green explaining some aspects of studio technology and how it applies to musicians.
In this second installment, we talk about headphones and how they can affect a performance; what happens to the microphone signal after it leaves the studio and gets to the control room; consoles, mic preamps, and digital recorders; mixing and sound manipulation; loudness and what it means; and reduced file size formats like MP3 and how best to use those files.
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Studio Technology for Musicians (with Corrie Lynn Green)
For many musicians, recording in a professional studio can be an overwhelming experience at first. There is a lot going on, it’s all very technical and mostly incomprehensible. Jargon is thrown around. Things often move fast.
For a while, I have been thinking about doing an episode that explains, in the simple terms, the recording process for musicians.
To help me, I asked singer-songwriter Corrie Lynn Green to join me in a conversation. Corrie is relatively new to recording, and I thought her questions would be a useful way to cover these topics.
Some musicians are very technically adept, probably because they have learned to do their own recording at home. But some may have misconceptions, or otherwise might benefit from a better understanding of the technology.
Others don’t really want to know. They want to focus all their energy on their music and performance in the studio, and leave all the dull, technical stuff to others.
But I suspect that most musicians would like to know more about what is going on around them. This episode is for them, although I suspect that even seasoned studio players might find some useful tidbits.
For most people, the more you understand, the better you can use the technology of the studio. That makes better recorded music.
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The Future of Vacuum Tubes & What Might Have Been
In the late 1800s, researchers were seeking a way to amplify an analog signal. The vacuum tube was invented in the early 1900s, but scientists were also investigating the properties of semiconductor materials. A very crude version of a transistor was developed even before the vacuum tube, but the technology of the day was better suited for tubes than transistors, and once the tube was widely available, research into the transistor was largely abandoned for the next 40 years. Tubes became the amplifying device that made radio broadcasting possible – and also ushered in the age of electrical recording.
A practical transistor was invented by Bell Labs in the late 1940s, but it took another 20 years before it eclipsed the tube as the preferred technology for analog amplification. Further development of the vacuum tube came to a halt in the early 1970s, and by 1980, transistors had taken over all of electronics except for a few special purpose applications. In the world of music recording, many engineers, producers, and musicians still prefer the sound of tubes for audio.
But what if the vacuum tube had continued to be refined? We might have much smaller tubes that might have amazing capabilities. We will never know, of course, because the demand is much too small to justify the investment in improved tubes.
In this episode, I look at the history of tubes and transistors, and speculate on what might have been. I also explore the viability of the industry that continues to make high-quality tubes, and the impact on all the current and vintage tube gear we use.
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Music recording is a technological process, but it also involves people. The technology exists to serve musicians, and the process of recording must consider the personalities of the people involved.
This episode looks at how those human interactions work, from the perspective of the recording engineer.
How do you deal with difficult people? Or insecure people? What does it take to provide a comfortable working environment so that musicians can be at their best? How does an engineer facilitate the recording process to keep every happy, creative, and relaxed?
This episode looks into those things and provides some practical advice, based on my 50+ years of studio recording.
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The ultimate producer’s pick-me-up
I only recently discovered Doug Fearn’s “My Take on Music Recording”, and I can honestly say it’s making a noticeable, positive impact on my relationship with music recording.
I’m one of the many millions of at-home singer-songwriter-producer-engineer-mixer-masterers out there. I was making some long awaited gear upgrades, and over the course of my research, I stumbled upon this program.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who can become easily frustrated with the process of being responsible for every aspect of my own written works. When I can’t properly capture the sound I hear in my head, or my vocal performance is shaky, or I’m beginning to hate the creative work I’m in the process of birthing, it’s very easy for me to lose motivation and desire to continue - leaving my music room barren for weeks at a time.
Doug Fearn and his guests have not only provided me with some excellent and usable knowledge from their many combined years of experience, but they help keep the whole process in perspective: it’s about the music.
It’s about having FUN making music. It’s about having FUN capturing music. And if you’re not having fun, a deep breath and a little perspective might be in order.
I’ve gotten a lot of perspective from this program, and that is likely the most important thing to someone who makes music entirely solo like myself (Addy Edward, shameless plug lol). Doug Fearn and his friends have become collaborators in my musical journey, offering knowledge, insight, tips, entertainment, and encouragement.
Thank you, Doug Fearn and company!
My take on Doug’s Podcasts
Doug's podcasts are always full of useful information for anyone interested in, or also into, studio recording.
They are very well prepared, deeply thought out and, as is obvious in the case of Doug, well recorded.
Oh wow - this is a diamond
Having used Fear. Equipment for many years, I was amazed to see Doug had a podcast. It is glorious! In 19 minutes, the knowledge he dropped in the “The Room Wgere the Music Is Recorded”, is the most condensed, well explained acoustics 101 commentary I’ve seen. Fantastic!