articles by Bill Gibson

Within the same second, singers may jump from a subtle phrase to a needle-pegging, engineer-torturing high note -says Bill Gibson

To capture the true essence of the original sound at the source, find the perfect mic and the perfect preamp, and keep it simple –says Bill Gibson

Sometimes even using a good windscreen won’t eliminate all pops –or you might have opted to keep a take for musical reasons, in spite of a plosive problem. Try the following three techniques along with, or instead of, a wind screen: 1) Moving the Microphone. Move the microphone slightly above or below your mouth. This […]

Do you know the three main types of audio connectors? You’ll encounter several types of connectors when hooking together audio equipment – let’s look at two of these today: RCA Connectors RCA phono connectors are the type found on most home stereo equipment and are physically smaller than the plug that goes into a guitar […]

Use the proper wire to connect your speakers to your power amp. Speaker wire is not the same as a guitar cable—use designated speaker wire. Also, choosing a wire that’s too thick or too think for your situation can cause a problem with the efficiency of your amp and speakers. All the major cable manufacturers […]

Your audio mix at a performance usually doesn’t need to be loud to sound full. Keep in mind that the human ear does not have a flat frequency response across the frequency or volume spectrum. Your ear hears best at a frequency level between 1 and 4 kHz, especially at volumes below 80 dB SPL. […]

Maybe it’s not the volume that’s too loud… -says Bill Gibson Very often, someone will complain about the mix being too loud, but what they’re really hearing is a particular frequency that is out of balance. Vocals that are piercing typically contain an abundance of frequencies between two and three kilohertz. To many people, especially […]

Did You Know That Cables Need Care? There is nothing quite as frustrating as a “rat’s next” of cables when the beginning of an event is impending and set up is going slowly. One of the most valuable sills you can develop is the ability to wind cables so that they are easily separated from […]

Plugging in means making sure to avoid the lighting circuits -says Bill Gibson When you’re setting up for your gig, keep all lighting devices and fixtures connected to circuits that are isolated from the Audio AC supply. Why? First, lights require a lot of

Did You Know That…Your Soundboard and Effects Should Be on the Same Circuit? After you’ve surveyed the venue, the staging is in place, and the stage lay-out is solidified, find a good power source and set up the AC distribution system. This is a very important part of the setup—it is often overlooked, poorly planned, […]

Did You Know That…Condenser Mics Are the First Choice For Recording in the Studio? -asks Bill Gibson Condenser microphones are usually the first choice for studio vocal applications. Commercial sounds may vary, but most professionally recorded hit vocals are recorded with a good condenser mic set on cardioid pick-up pattern, from a distance of 6 […]

Did You Know That…Vocal Phrasing and Interpretation are King? The more you understand about vocal phrasing and interpretation, the better you’ll be at recording (and performance) – period. We can spend a fortune on gear to get great vocal sound and we can figure out what to tweak and where, to capture the finest resolution […]

Did You Know That…Your Headphone Mix is Crucial? Often a singer is out of tune in the studio simply because the headphone mix is providing an inaccurate pitch reference or a pitch reference that’s hard to pinpoint. Always listen to the headphone mix when you’re getting set up. For pitch reference, the best instruments to […]

Did You Know That: Your Mic is a Unique Creature? -asks Bill Gibson

Don’t put up with a mix that leaves you up in the air with rhythm and pitch.

Vocalists do their best work when they feel comfortable and inspired on stage or in studio.

Your vocal recordings can be digitized from cassette tapes – Bill Gibson explains how.

Bill Gibson runs through the variables in getting the sound so many singers want.

Gear Guts with Bill Gibson…
I just heard a Luther Vandross song and really like that very airy sound.
Do I need to re-mortgage my house to afford the equipment to do this?

Here’s your chance to find out the answers to some of the music and sound questions you’ve been pondering. Gear, operational procedures, recording, live sound, vocals, or instruments—it’s all up for grabs.