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Electrical Audio How-To: Microphone Techniques for Speaker Cabinets
Steve demonstrates some of the techniques he uses to record amplifiers of all kinds and describes some common problems and solutions.

His whiteboard diagramming skills reach new heights.

www.electricalaudio.com

Shot, edited, masterminded by Jeff Perlman. Jeffperlmancreative.com.
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Electrical Audio How-To: Drum Striking Basics
Views 14K5 months ago
Engineer and resident basher Jon San Paolo shows us the nuts and bolts of what to look for if you're new to basic drum maintenance after a session. www.electricalaudio.com Shot, edited, masterminded by Jeff Perlman. Jeffperlmancreative.com.
Electrical Audio How-To: Mid-Side (M-S) Recording
Views 49K11 months ago
A demonstration and explanation of mid-side stereo recording from Greg Norman. www.electricalaudio.com Video by Jeff Perlman, da best.
Electrical Audio How-To: Overdubbing and Punching In On Tape
Views 38KYear ago
Wizened Studio Sage (TM) Steve Albini shows how to punch-in on a tape recording, and some of the principles behind the operation and useful practices, during a session with Wizened Music Sage (TM) Tim Midyett's project Mint Mile. You can find the new board game The Wizened Sages of Chicago Music (TM) in our online gift shop. 1.8% off during pandemic. Look for the digital version by Zynga in 202...
Electrical Audio 2019 Studio Practices Seminar Preview
Views 9K2 years ago
Here's a preview of our first Recording Practices Seminar, which will be held November 1-4, 2019. Go to seminar.electricalaudio.com for more info, and for instructions on how to sign up!
Electrical Audio How-To: Time Alignment of Multiple Sound Sources
Views 201K2 years ago
Engineer and Hobbyist Diagrammer Steve Albini discusses how to ensure proper phase coherence when recording multiple signals from a single sound source. www.electricalaudio.com Shot and Edited by Jeff Perlman.
Electrical Audio How-To: Sound Levels and Hearing Loss Prevention
Views 16K2 years ago
EA Staff Engineer and hearing guru Gregoire Yeche dives into sound levels and how to protect your most valuable asset in the studio (your hearing!). www.electricalaudio.com Shot and edited by Jeff Perlman.
Electrical Audio How-To: Fun With Passive DI's
Views 45K2 years ago
Jon San Paolo explains some of the day-to-day uses of a transformer-based DI box. When listening to the Bass-Drum-Bass-Cabinet, results will vary based on how low your sound system's bass response reaches. Drum samples recorded by Greg Norman, courtesy of The Poison Arrows. If you're interested in purchasing one of our passive direct boxes, you can now buy directly from our site. electricalaudi...
Electrical Audio How-To: Steve Albini's Drum Tuning Regimes for Toms
Views 57K2 years ago
Veteran sound engineer and Electrical Audio owner Steve Albini demonstrates three approaches to tuning toms, and discusses their effects on the sound of a drum. www.electricalaudio.com Shot by Ed Bornstein and Adam Luksetich Edited by Taylor Hales Music by Ed Bornstein
Electrical Audio How-To: Removing Dimples From a Used Drum Head
Views 19K2 years ago
Steve Albini shows you how to put the heat on a battered drum head in order to help extend its playing life. Shot by Ed Bornstein Edited by Jon San Paolo
Electrical Audio How-To: Baking and Transferring Audio Tapes, Pt. 2
Views 8K3 years ago
Electrical Audio Studio Manager and House Engineer Taylor Hales demonstrates how to glean the necessary technical information from an audio tape in order to get the best digital transfer possible. For further information on topics discussed in this video, visit: Richard Hess' Tape Restoration Resources: www.richardhess.com/tape/ "The Digitization of Audio Tapes" Government of Canada Technical B...
Electrical Audio How-To: Baking and Transferring Audio Tapes, Pt. 1
Views 20K3 years ago
Electrical Audio Studio Manager and House Engineer Taylor Hales demonstrates how to test an analog audio tape to determine if it needs to be baked prior to digital transfer, and how to properly bake a magnetic tape. For further information on topics discussed in this video, visit: Richard Hess' Tape Restoration Resources: www.richardhess.com/tape/ "The Digitization of Audio Tapes" Government of...
Electrical Audio Turns 20! at the 21st Annual Hideout Block Party
Views 4.2K3 years ago
Electrical Audio organized a 20th Anniversary bash hosted by the Hideout Block Party in 2017. Ten of our dearest band-friends played throughout the course of a balmy Sunday in September whilst our fair captain Steve manned the grill with "Hot" Doug Sohn, and a few surprise guests turned up. Video by Chuck Przybyl and Ed Bornstein, Powered by Most Visual
Electrical Audio How-To: Studer A820 Multitrack Alignment and Calibration
Views 19K3 years ago
Maintenance Tech and Audio Engineer Greg Norman demonstrates how to align a multitrack tape machine, one of Electrical Audio's Studer A820-MCHs. www.electricalaudio.com Shot by Ed Bornstein and Adam Luksetich Edited by Ariana DeSimone Audio mixed by Ed Bornstein Music by Ed Bornstein
Electrical Audio How-To: Editing a Stereo Master Tape
Views 9K3 years ago
Electrical Audio staff engineer and building manager Jon San Paolo shows you how tape edits can help tidy up a song intro. www.electricalaudio.com Shot by Ed Bornstein and Adam Luksetich Edited by Ariana DeSimone Music and Audio by Ed Bornstein
Electrical Audio How-To: Editing a Multitrack Tape
Views 22K3 years ago
Electrical Audio How-To: Editing a Multitrack Tape
Electrical Audio How-To: Ampex ATR-102 Alignment and Calibration
Views 12K3 years ago
Electrical Audio How-To: Ampex ATR-102 Alignment and Calibration
Electrical Audio How-To: Making a Fluffy Coffee
Views 10K3 years ago
Electrical Audio How-To: Making a Fluffy Coffee
Electrical Audio How-To: Cleaning A Console and Outboard Gear
Views 11K3 years ago
Electrical Audio How-To: Cleaning A Console and Outboard Gear
Electrical Audio How-To: Time Alignment of Multiple Sound Sources
Views 201K2 years ago
Engineer and Hobbyist Diagrammer Steve Albini discusses how to ensure proper phase coherence when recording multiple signals from a single sound source. www.electricalaudio.com Shot and Edited by Jeff Perlman.
Electrical Audio How-To: Microphone Techniques for Speaker Cabinets
Views 161K5 months ago
Steve demonstrates some of the techniques he uses to record amplifiers of all kinds and describes some common problems and solutions. His whiteboard diagramming skills reach new heights. www.electricalaudio.com Shot, edited, masterminded by Jeff Perlman. Jeffperlmancreative.com.
Electrical Audio How-To: Steve Albini's Drum Tuning Regimes for Toms
Views 57K2 years ago
Veteran sound engineer and Electrical Audio owner Steve Albini demonstrates three approaches to tuning toms, and discusses their effects on the sound of a drum. www.electricalaudio.com Shot by Ed Bornstein and Adam Luksetich Edited by Taylor Hales Music by Ed Bornstein
Electrical Audio How-To: Mid-Side (M-S) Recording
Views 49K11 months ago
A demonstration and explanation of mid-side stereo recording from Greg Norman. www.electricalaudio.com Video by Jeff Perlman, da best.
Electrical Audio How-To: Fun With Passive DI's
Views 45K2 years ago
Jon San Paolo explains some of the day-to-day uses of a transformer-based DI box. When listening to the Bass-Drum-Bass-Cabinet, results will vary based on how low your sound system's bass response reaches. Drum samples recorded by Greg Norman, courtesy of The Poison Arrows. If you're interested in purchasing one of our passive direct boxes, you can now buy directly from our site. electricalaudi...
Electrical Audio How-To: Overdubbing and Punching In On Tape
Views 38KYear ago
Wizened Studio Sage (TM) Steve Albini shows how to punch-in on a tape recording, and some of the principles behind the operation and useful practices, during a session with Wizened Music Sage (TM) Tim Midyett's project Mint Mile. You can find the new board game The Wizened Sages of Chicago Music (TM) in our online gift shop. 1.8% off during pandemic. Look for the digital version by Zynga in 202...
Electrical Audio How-To: Editing a Multitrack Tape
Views 22K3 years ago
Electrical Audio How-To: Editing a Multitrack Tape
Electrical Audio How-To: Baking and Transferring Audio Tapes, Pt. 1
Views 20K3 years ago
Electrical Audio Studio Manager and House Engineer Taylor Hales demonstrates how to test an analog audio tape to determine if it needs to be baked prior to digital transfer, and how to properly bake a magnetic tape. For further information on topics discussed in this video, visit: Richard Hess' Tape Restoration Resources: www.richardhess.com/tape/ "The Digitization of Audio Tapes" Government of...
Electrical Audio How-To: Studer A820 Multitrack Alignment and Calibration
Views 19K3 years ago
Maintenance Tech and Audio Engineer Greg Norman demonstrates how to align a multitrack tape machine, one of Electrical Audio's Studer A820-MCHs. www.electricalaudio.com Shot by Ed Bornstein and Adam Luksetich Edited by Ariana DeSimone Audio mixed by Ed Bornstein Music by Ed Bornstein
Electrical Audio How-To: Removing Dimples From a Used Drum Head
Views 19K2 years ago
Steve Albini shows you how to put the heat on a battered drum head in order to help extend its playing life. Shot by Ed Bornstein Edited by Jon San Paolo
Electrical Audio How-To: Sound Levels and Hearing Loss Prevention
Views 16K2 years ago
EA Staff Engineer and hearing guru Gregoire Yeche dives into sound levels and how to protect your most valuable asset in the studio (your hearing!). www.electricalaudio.com Shot and edited by Jeff Perlman.
Electrical Audio How-To: Drum Striking Basics
Views 14K5 months ago
Engineer and resident basher Jon San Paolo shows us the nuts and bolts of what to look for if you're new to basic drum maintenance after a session. www.electricalaudio.com Shot, edited, masterminded by Jeff Perlman. Jeffperlmancreative.com.
Electrical Audio How-To: Ampex ATR-102 Alignment and Calibration
Views 12K3 years ago
Electrical Audio How-To: Ampex ATR-102 Alignment and Calibration
Electrical Audio How-To: Cleaning A Console and Outboard Gear
Views 11K3 years ago
Electrical Audio How-To: Cleaning A Console and Outboard Gear
Electrical Audio How-To: Making a Fluffy Coffee
Views 10K3 years ago
Electrical Audio How-To: Making a Fluffy Coffee
Electrical Audio How-To: Editing a Stereo Master Tape
Views 9K3 years ago
Electrical Audio staff engineer and building manager Jon San Paolo shows you how tape edits can help tidy up a song intro. www.electricalaudio.com Shot by Ed Bornstein and Adam Luksetich Edited by Ariana DeSimone Music and Audio by Ed Bornstein
Electrical Audio 2019 Studio Practices Seminar Preview
Views 9K2 years ago
Here's a preview of our first Recording Practices Seminar, which will be held November 1-4, 2019. Go to seminar.electricalaudio.com for more info, and for instructions on how to sign up!
Electrical Audio How-To: Baking and Transferring Audio Tapes, Pt. 2
Views 8K3 years ago
Electrical Audio Studio Manager and House Engineer Taylor Hales demonstrates how to glean the necessary technical information from an audio tape in order to get the best digital transfer possible. For further information on topics discussed in this video, visit: Richard Hess' Tape Restoration Resources: www.richardhess.com/tape/ "The Digitization of Audio Tapes" Government of Canada Technical B...
Electrical Audio Turns 20! at the 21st Annual Hideout Block Party
Views 4.2K3 years ago
Electrical Audio organized a 20th Anniversary bash hosted by the Hideout Block Party in 2017. Ten of our dearest band-friends played throughout the course of a balmy Sunday in September whilst our fair captain Steve manned the grill with "Hot" Doug Sohn, and a few surprise guests turned up. Video by Chuck Przybyl and Ed Bornstein, Powered by Most Visual

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  • Skiddzie
    Skiddzie 5 hours ago

    i think this is the first time someone hasn't said to put an sm57 right up to the grill

  • _ mondegreen _

    18:11 does anyone know why we almost always mic across a snare then? does the sound eminate much differently from a snare to a speaker? because we always side address snares and surely you're comb filtering that under this physics logic. (im not a super techy kid so) thanks

    • _ mondegreen _
      _ mondegreen _ 17 hours ago

      @Electrical Audio thanks so much for this education :)

    • Electrical Audio
      Electrical Audio 20 hours ago

      To get stick attack. Usually you point at the center of the snare, where the drummer is (hopefully) hitting most of the time. You can mic completely perpendicular to the head, but it will likely sound very thumpy. The off-axis response favors low-frequencies and attenuates higher ones, so the resonance of the head is compromised not so significant. If you mic perpendicular to the head, the stick / center of the head is off-axis, and you lose stick attack.

  • Javier Carrillo Milla

    Love you guys. The amount of detail here is insane. Also finally understood why the onesie. You guys are like some version of a mechanic with all the bolts and cables and metal and nuts around xD ❤️🤟

  • Travis Roy
    Travis Roy 4 days ago

    10 stars. Thank you!

  • J N
    J N 4 days ago

    If only the studio engineers knew what the maintenance guy was up to at night….

  • MrMotherfuck123
    MrMotherfuck123 7 days ago

    This guy is the über-force-explain-on-you-guy. He's prbly not very much fun to work w.

  • broxy55
    broxy55 11 days ago

    Steve Albini serving hotdogs! You only need mustard!!!

  • SCOUGE
    SCOUGE 13 days ago

    He's giving us absolute gold here people. It's shocking how much more 'real' an amp sounds just by backing the mic off a few inches. You can instantly hear it. I've always been suspicious of the 'mic at an angle technique' now we have a diagram to annoy the producers even more. Thank you Uncle Steve.

  • Ashley Pegram
    Ashley Pegram 14 days ago

    That champ sounds righteous, are you running the stock speaker in there? Looks like a smooth cone when you put the light on it?

  • Jeremy Jenks
    Jeremy Jenks 15 days ago

    thanks bud

  • Oliver Michalowski
    Oliver Michalowski 16 days ago

    when adding mics for those who want to experiment, i heard Brian May (Queen) say they would spend a lot of time miking the cabinets, adding a microphone to the back of the cabinet. the source is the Rick Beato 2 channel, interview with Brian May. link starts at the miking question thexvid.com/video/mgkvU5eCaYo/video.html

  • Oliver Michalowski
    Oliver Michalowski 17 days ago

    i assume two cardioid mics for mid side stereo recording is not recommended.... is it ? however is really that bad ? i will try it, but i don't expect it to work...

    • Oliver Michalowski
      Oliver Michalowski 17 days ago

      that's exactly that@Electrical Audio thank you ! so ouch. not today for me it seems... it does not matter anyway ! XY is fine for the moment.

    • Electrical Audio
      Electrical Audio 17 days ago

      Do you mean a cardioid for mid and a second for side? It won't work- the side mic needs to be at a 90 degree angle to the mid in (nearly) the same position. Cardioid mics reject sound from the rear, so your side image once you duplicate and flip phase and pan them against each other would be entirely one side (and no sound from the other side).

  • Jeremiah Bayani
    Jeremiah Bayani 20 days ago

    I wanna thank you (fallettinme be mice elf, again)

  • Simon Philips
    Simon Philips 20 days ago

    This knowledge is literally gold dust, I have always wanted to know how this is done, thank you so much for sharing :)

  • LuckyLook
    LuckyLook 22 days ago

    Wow..how easy it is to work with a DAW.

  • ingo jetten
    ingo jetten 22 days ago

    Pure gold. Liked how you slipped the Wilhelm Scream in there.

  • the music cellar.
    the music cellar. 24 days ago

    Don’t hear huge differences on these but will definitely check my overhead mics for alignment !

  • alan duncan
    alan duncan 25 days ago

    If you don't have a pliers and some ham-fisted gorilla has tighted your wing-nuts to the point were you can no longer loosen them by hand, you can clamp onto the wing-nut between two drumsticks to give you the leverage you need to undo them.

  • Blake Wrinn
    Blake Wrinn 25 days ago

    Where shalt I find the link to the un-sped up-sped section of 2:35.5 - 2:59.75? Would adore to digest the aforementioned with some fluff-ā roasted coffea? Word up...

    • Blake Wrinn
      Blake Wrinn 22 days ago

      @Electrical Audio Fantastic! Thanks so much!

    • Electrical Audio
      Electrical Audio 24 days ago

      It's transcribed in the comments below. But don't take it as gospel. Capacitors only have time constants in RC circuits, most amps are designed to have affected frequencies below the audible range, or at least below the lowest fundamental of a guitar signal, etc etc etc.

  • Live Like Us
    Live Like Us 25 days ago

    Store start! This channel lol 🎸

  • John B
    John B 26 days ago

    I liked the cartoon sounds.

  • snarfusmaximus
    snarfusmaximus 26 days ago

    Had to try this. Made one for me and my partner, hers being soy, but used a Moka Pot on the stove instead. Damn nice. I would never have thought to put cinnamon in my coffee but it works nicely.

  • snarfusmaximus
    snarfusmaximus 27 days ago

    The beads of sweat as you adjust the record head azimuth will be quadrupled on my forehead when I calibrate my tape machines. I have calibration tapes on the way and figured this will be a worthwhile skill to learn to do myself to maintain the upkeep of my hobby studio in my bungalow. I love tape,

  • LaterHolmes
    LaterHolmes Month ago

    Cutting T-Bone off at 10:10 was a masterpiece of comedic timing.

  • Ollie Petch
    Ollie Petch Month ago

    Hi Steve and Co; great video! Could you possibly explain how each mic is being sent into the osciliscope please? Is it via the direct channel outs from your console?

    • Ollie Petch
      Ollie Petch 29 days ago

      @Electrical Audio thanks that's so helpful! Going to implement this in my next recording

    • Electrical Audio
      Electrical Audio Month ago

      Hi, it was explained in another question below, but... The 'scope is connected to the patchbay. So you could connect two direct outs to the 'scope inputs by patching, or multing the preamp outputs, or in any number of ways. In our case, the 'scope is half-normalled to the "studio" outputs of the console, which are usually connected to an amp that feeds the in-studio loudspeakers. So we assign 2-mix to the studio outputs and pan each channel left and right and they are routed to the two inputs of the 'scope.

  • Simon Irvine
    Simon Irvine Month ago

    thexvid.com/video/YxXlLwTFjgc/video.html

  • Noah Benson
    Noah Benson Month ago

    Snare sounds kinda good tho

  • Jacob Allen
    Jacob Allen Month ago

    Is reversing phase even possible if you're using a Tascam Model 24, for example?

    • Electrical Audio
      Electrical Audio Month ago

      Since that is specific to your mixer/ recorder you'll have to look in your manual.

  • Clay LaHatte
    Clay LaHatte Month ago

    What if I have a bunch of tapes. Would it be a problem to just bake them all without the preliminary check? Doing check on all those would be time consuming. Thanks for the great info!

    • Clay LaHatte
      Clay LaHatte Month ago

      @Electrical Audio Thanks!

    • Electrical Audio
      Electrical Audio Month ago

      You could, though in professional archivists, whose domain this really is, recommend against unnecessary baking. You're right that checking tapes is time-consuming, we just don't *really* know long-term impacts

  • J Anthony
    J Anthony Month ago

    Fucking rad.

  • The Pedal Press
    The Pedal Press Month ago

    14:06 LOL!

  • J Anthony
    J Anthony Month ago

    Is this heaven?

  • Roth Loaf
    Roth Loaf Month ago

    Hey man, could you grab my Hotpocket out of there? Just put it back on the console over a fader slot. The rising heat keeps it toasty.

  • Enoch Porch
    Enoch Porch Month ago

    OMG this is the best

  • Roth Loaf
    Roth Loaf Month ago

    Zut alors! Je parle francais tres mal. Mais, c'ette une beau video. Is "video" masculine? Nevermind. Any vids on ear fatigue from mixing would help the kids. And probably save a few engineers from having to explain that 9hrs of loud e-min without a break wear out that frequency in your ears and cause one to boost levels and EQs... Bon soir.

  • Roth Loaf
    Roth Loaf Month ago

    Because it's Albini: I dunno about analog tape. I don't think the sound is as warm as wax or foil cylinders, dude. Sure it has multitrack capabilities, but I still work by mule driven multi- wax or foil cylinder synchronization.

  • Roth Loaf
    Roth Loaf Month ago

    Watching this vid for Albini jokes. I never could find a way to easily tell a punk drummer to buy new heads for recording. "But this is punk rock!" Call me a jerko, but I have sat by a board waiting for the inevitable playback point when the sound says "I told you so," and the drum tracks are deemed crap by the band. Help the engineers. New strings, new heads...

  • Roth Loaf
    Roth Loaf Month ago

    Good stuff. How'd you mic the slide whistle? Edit: I was a mobile recording guy. The off axis cab mic is also the result of running out of headroom as the band cranks the volume past what rehearsal and soundcheck levels were. So, can't move the stand mid show, can't ask for agreed upon vol; I run out on stage and twist the mic off axis to get a few DBs of room.

  • Evil Kitten Productions

    Oh my, I did not expect that exit! This kind of How-To video is the exact style the world needs.

  • Calculat0rrr
    Calculat0rrr 2 months ago

    Just what I needed. Thanks Steve! Your production is brilliant.

  • Jack W Guitar Lessons
    Jack W Guitar Lessons 2 months ago

    All these Electrical Audio videos are so helpful

  • Roth Loaf
    Roth Loaf 2 months ago

    Subscribed. I will try to limit my urge to bust Steve's nuts. My first inclination is to dunk his degenerate gambling addiction in Kenny Rogers lyrics. As for mic technique, record source and the air. MS, XY, ABCDEFG, but know when to hold 'em, fold 'em etc.

  • Ilya Shadrin
    Ilya Shadrin 2 months ago

    best ms tutorial in the history of humanity

  • GHOST DRUMS
    GHOST DRUMS 2 months ago

    I can't imagine I'll ever in my life need the knowledge which is given here. Nevertheless watching this is exciting af.

  • AboveEmAllProduction
    AboveEmAllProduction 2 months ago

    man i love this dude, so pro :)

  • Tim Climie
    Tim Climie 2 months ago

    Do Minor Prophets read comments? God is talking.

    • Tim Climie
      Tim Climie 2 months ago

      This is "in order," but how do you rank them?

    • Tim Climie
      Tim Climie 2 months ago

      Twelve Prophets. Malachi. Haggai. Zachary. Amos. Hosea. Micha. Jonah. Obadiah. Zephaniah Nahum. Habakuk Joel.

    • Tim Climie
      Tim Climie 2 months ago

      I tried to email Bill Burr. May your media long outlast Tom Hardy's, Steve.

  • DeuceGenius
    DeuceGenius 2 months ago

    oh, i realize the phase exactly opposite with a perfect sinewave would literally cancel out the sound and there would be silence!. now i get it. its easier than understanding light for sure

  • DeuceGenius
    DeuceGenius 2 months ago

    that osciliscope does not help me understand what phase is.

  • DeuceGenius
    DeuceGenius 2 months ago

    do you need all those pens in your pocket?

  • DeuceGenius
    DeuceGenius 2 months ago

    im not sure what phase is exactly. id like to understand it the way a physicist would.