Bobby Owsinski
A long-time veteran of the music industry, Bobby Owsinski has produced and composed for records, motion pictures and television shows along the way. Currently a principle in the content creator 2B Media, Bobby has also penned hundreds of articles for many popular industry trade publications and has authored several books that are now staples in recording programs in colleges around the world including “The Mixing Engineer’s Handbook”, “The Recording Engineer’s Handbook”, “The Audio Mastering Handbook”, “The Drum Recording Handbook”, “How To Make Your Band Sound Great,” and “The Studio Musician’s Handbook.”
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  • Music & Audio
    Getting The Ultimate Guitar Sound – Part 4Music and audio
    Every guitar player, engineer and producer wants a great guitar sound when recording a track, but sometimes finding it isn’t all that easy. In this series, based around my new book The Ultimate Guitar Tone Handbook (written with Rich Tozzoli), I’ll outline why acoustic and electric guitars, amplifiers, speaker cabinets and effects sound the way they do, and the best way to record and mix them after you’ve gotten the sound.Read More…
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    Getting The Ultimate Guitar Sound – Part 6Music and audio
    Many acoustic guitar’s sound great in the tracking room but don’t sound nearly the same way when they’re recorded. In this series, based around my new book The Ultimate Guitar Tone Handbook (written with Rich Tozzoli), I’ll outline why acoustic and electric guitars, amplifiers, speaker cabinets and effects sound the way they do, and the best way to record and mix them after you’ve gotten the sound. In Part 6 of this series, we’ll look the factors that give an acoustic guitar its tone.Read More…
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    The Art Of Music Production – Part 2Music and audio
    In many musician’s minds, music production is either some sort of wizardry or overhyped bunk. While it true that either is a possibility, most of the time a producer’s job comes down to hard work, experience, some good ears, and a real feel for what makes the music work. This series about music production is based around my new book, The Music Producer’s Handbook, where I’ll outline some basic production techniques and hopefully remove the vail of mystery from the process. Be aware that we’ll be looking at the relationship of a producer with a band or an artist with a backing band or studio musicians. We’ll tackle self-production later in the series.Read More…
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    The Art Of Music Production – Part 4Music and audio
    Music production is a job frequently misunderstood by everyone but the producer, or underestimated in the scope of just what the job entails. This series about music production is based around my new book, The Music Producer’s Handbook, where I’ll outline some basic production techniques and hopefully remove the vail of mystery from the process. Be aware that we’ll be looking at the relationship of a producer with a band or an artist with a backing band or studio musicians. We’ll tackle self-production later in the series.Read More…
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    The Art Of Music Production – Part 6Music and audio
    This is the last in the series on music production based around my new book, The Music Producer’s Handbook, and it deals with self-production, a process that’s become very common these days. Just because you own your own studio or have some production experience doesn’t necessarily mean you’re able to produce yourself though. As you’ll see, it takes a strategy that goes beyond the nuts and bolts of normal production.Read More…
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    The Art Of Music Production – Part 1Music and audio
    A new book of mine just came out called The Music Producer’s Handbook, so I thought this might be a good time to go over some basic production techniques while the topic is still fresh in my mind. Music production is sort of a black art because the very nature of the job is nebulous in many people’s minds, but we’ll try to clear that up in this series.Read More…
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    The Art Of Music Production – Part 3Music and audio
    his series about music production is based around my new book, The Music Producer’s Handbook, where I’ll outline some basic production techniques and hopefully provide some details about the process that takes some of the mystery away. Be aware that this part of the series looks at the relationship between a producer and a band, or a producer with an artist with a backing band or studio musicians. We’ll tackle self-production later in the series.Read More…
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    Recording The Drums – The Song’s Heartbeat – Part 5: It’s All In the MixMusic and audio
    Here's the last part of my series on drum recording, but this time it's about what might be the most important topics of all - drum balance and that elusive relationship between the bass and drums.Read More…
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    Recording The Drums – The Song’s Heartbeat – Part 4Music and audio
    In Part 4 of my drum miking series we're going to look at a couple of ways to do overhead miking, the philosophy and placement of the sometimes mysterious room mics, and some surprising and interesting alternative miking techniques. Don't forget, as I've stated in the intro of every part of this series, the real key to a great drum sound is a great drummer or a great sounding kit (preferably both in that order). These two items will make just about any engineer look like a genius to his or her clients.Read More…
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    Recording The Drums – The Song’s Heartbeat – Part 3Music and audio
    Last month we covered the different ways to mic a kick drum. This month we'll cover the snare and toms. As stated in Part 1 of this series a few months back, the real key to a great drum sound is a great drummer or a great sounding kit (preferably both). These two things can make most engineers look pretty brilliant without much trouble. But it's still possible to take those two excellent elements and still make the drums sound like trash cans, or as drummer extraordinaire Bobby Caldwell used to say, "moving furniture." That's why miking technique is so important. It gets you in the ballpark immediately and lets you assess what you're dealing with before resorting to experimenting. Let's look at miking the other pieces of the kit.Read More…
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    Recording The Drums – The Song’s Heartbeat – Part 2 Music and audio
    This month we're going to cover the nitty gritty of drum recording and that's mic placement. Now if you have a great sounding kit, an excellent drummer, and a terrific sounding room, chances are you're going to have to work pretty hard to screw up the sound, but that doesn't mean that getting a drum sound is easy even under the best of conditions. That being said, there are a number of things that you can do that will capture the best sound possible almost every time. Before we cover those, let's talk about some things that can make the drums sound bad (aside from drum tuning and the player).Read More…
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    Recording The Drums – The Song’s Heartbeat – Part 1Music and audio
    If there's one instrument that producers and engineers alike seem to obsess over, it's the drum kit. And well they should since drums are the heartbeat of virtually all modern music. Wimpy sounding drums can make the entire recording sound wimpy regardless of how well everything else is recorded, so proper attention to the drums has become the primary requirement when tracking basics.Read More…