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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.

My Take on Music Recording with Doug Fearn Doug Fearn

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    • 4.9 • 31 Ratings

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.

    Studio Accessores

    Studio Accessores

    Send us a Text Message.There are many things that are important to create the proper studio environment for creative success. Most of these things are pretty mundane, but they do make a difference.Examples I cover in this episode include microphone stands and accessories, music stands and instrument stands, chairs, headphones, studio lighting and climate control, and mic and other cables.It’s not the most exciting equipment we deal with, but it is still important to get it right. After 50+ ye...

    • 41 min
    Shawn Dealey on Dolby Atmos

    Shawn Dealey on Dolby Atmos

    Send us a Text Message.Ever since its announcement, I have been interested in learning more about Dolby Atmos. I was skeptical at first, primarily because of my experience with “Quad” back in the 1970s. That 4-channel concept never gain any popularity with either the listening public nor in the recording community. I presumed that Atmos would be similar, just more speakers. The early demo sessions I attended left me convinced that this was going to be another dead end, like Quad. The early mi...

    • 57 min
    Compression

    Compression

    Send us a Text Message.Compression and limiting are tools we use to modify the dynamic range of the music we record. In this episode, I present a brief history of where this technique came from, how it evolved over the years since the 1930s. I discuss the various ways that compression circuits work, from the variable-mu vacuum tube, to the optical compressor, the FET, the VCA, the PWM, and the digital limiters. I explain how these different approaches affect the sound in different ways.There ...

    • 41 min
    Audiophiles Guide to Music Recording - Part 2

    Audiophiles Guide to Music Recording - Part 2

    Send us a Text Message.This is part 2 of the Audiophiles Guide to Music Recording. You can listen to part 1 athttps://www.buzzsprout.com/942952/14335456Or you can access part 1 wherever you listen to podcasts.My Take on Music Recording is primarily aimed at people in the professional recording world, but there are a significant number of listeners who are music lovers and audiophiles. This episode provides an overview of the recording process for them. However, I think even people in our prof...

    • 41 min
    Audiophiles Guide to Music Recording - Part 1

    Audiophiles Guide to Music Recording - Part 1

    Send us a Text Message.My Take on Music Recording is primarily aimed at people in the professional recording world, but there are a significant number of listeners who are music lovers and audiophiles. This episode provides an overview of the recording process for them. However, I think even people in our profession might enjoy how I attempt to explain the recording studio process in layman’s terms.This reflects my experience and how I work as a producer and engineer. I tend to carry over the...

    • 45 min
    Reverb

    Reverb

    Send us a Text Message.Music is meant to be heard in an appropriate acoustical environment. But many times, we have to record in a space that does not have the right sound to it. Artificial reverb is often the solution.In this episode, I talk about good room sound in a studio, and the earliest methods of creating a reverberation sound. That started with spring reverb, then acoustic echo chambers, tape delay, plate reverbs, and finally the digital reverbs that are used today on most recordings...

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

Cmohnacs ,

Thank you!

Thank you for this series and please dont stop.

brassfan101 ,

Best audio engineer podcast

Only engineering podcast I listen!!

theweaksown ,

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!

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