Articles by Wes Maebe

  • Recording Vocals & Proximity Effect – Tips

    Wes Maebe shares some tips for all vocalists from the studio.

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  • Compression on Your Vocals?

    “When does compression become too much of a good thing on your recorded vocals?” -Wes Maebe offers some answers.

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  • Compression on Your Vocals Pt. 1

    Wes Maebe explains what compression is, how it works - and how to keep it from getting out of control.

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  • The Demo Days Are Over

    In today’s climate you need to deliver the final product –says Wes Maebe

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  • The Singer’s Gotta Be Snug As A Bug

    Getting the recording environment right for vocals always pays off – says Wes Maebe I’ve come across several recording situations where all the energy

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  • Why Does Anyone Need a Studio?

    Hey Wes, I’ve got a basement full of great gear. What does a pro studio have that I don’t? -Simon Hi Simon: I can sum up the answer in four words: Expertise, Acoustics, Vibe and Focus. Recording studios cost millions to

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  • Your Career on an iBudget

    The Demo days are over –says Wes Maebe It’s long been a dream of many vocalists to “get signed” by a big label. Yet, the reality is that this far less likely to come true for fewer singers “as time goes by”. Falling revenues and a drastic change in the business models have led to […]

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  • Should You Auto-Tune Your Vocals?

    Tweaking your tuning may not transform your performance -says Wes Maebe Back To The Future 1997 saw the release of an audio processor called Antares Auto-Tune; the following year it hit the market big time with Cher’s hit “Believe”. “And the rest,” as they say, “is history.” T-Pain regurgitated the effect with great success in […]

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  • The Engineer Meets The Vocal Coach

    Wes Maebe makes the case for and against a vocal coach in the studio.

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  • Wasting Money in the Studio

    Too much precious money gets flushed down the studio drain –says Wes Maebe When you’ve made the decision to pay for a professional studio you don’t want to waste your money. And I’ve seen some money being wasted. There was a time when record labels threw

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  • Pop Shields and Women’s Tights

    Discover time honored ways to de-pop your vocals –says Wes Maebe Hey all you vocalizers – Happy New Year. We’re steadily rolling into February already and I hope you’ve had a fabulous time over the festivities, managed to rest your vocal chords, experiment with that new microphone you managed to get as a Christmas present […]

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  • There’s No ME In My Monitors!

    To put it bluntly, if your monitor mix sucks, very likely, your performance is going to suck. I’m sure you’ve all read Bill Gibson’s 19th November post on crucial headphone mixes. It’s not a big leap to cross this over into the live monitoring field. Obviously, there are no hard and fast rules on what […]

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  • Monitor Feedback

    Let’s talk about one of the most important ingredients of your live performance: monitors -says Wes Maebe Hey all. Great to have you back for my next rant. Some of you may have spent the entire budget on a killer studio mic (I would, but then again, I’m a GearSlut).   Some of you may […]

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  • Mics and Money

    “How much do you need to spend on your mic?” -asks Wes Maebe

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  • Sonic Cuisine Opens

    Dine more often in the rich world of the audio-phile -says Wes Maebe

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  • Buying A Recording Mic

    There’s lots of ways to be sure about your choice before you commit –says Wes Maebe

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  • Introducing Recording Mics

    Step into the studio better prepared with some basic knowledge about recording mics -says Wes Maebe

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