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  • More about Bill Gibson

    Bill Gibson:President of Northwest Music & Recording, Inc., a Seattle-based artist development, recording, and production company that produces a wide range of music, print, and media content. He is a National Trustee and serves on the Board of Governors for The Recording Academy. Gibson has spent the last 30+ years writing, performing, recording, producing, and […]

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  • To Compress or Not to Compress…

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

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  • Mics – Go Beyond the Manufacturer Name

    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

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  • Quincy Jones on Producing

    “Q”s insights can help singers achieve their goals – says Bill Gibson

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  • Your Mic is a Unique Creature

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

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  • Attack of the Killer Monitors

    Whether it’s wedges or in-ears, vocalists must avoid extreme monitor levels. Bill Gibson explains how.

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  • Technology 101 for Vocalists: Part II

    You won't want to miss Bill Gibson's discussion of the basics of technology for singers.

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  • My Voice is Trapped on Cassette Tapes!

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

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  • That Airy Pop Sound: EQ and Compression

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

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  • I Want The Luther Vandross Sound!

    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?

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  • Mics for Recording at Home

    Here’s the rule: every singer who wants to record their vocals should have a large diaphragm condenser mic. Should this rule never be broken? Bill Gibson shares essential know-how with VoiceCouncil readers.

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  • Invest in Your Recording Mic – Bruce Swedien

    I own 105 mics that I keep in 25 anvil cases, and they all travel with me to every project that I do. – says Bruce Swedien, the man who recorded Michael Jackson.

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  • Top Troubleshooting Tips for Live Sound

    Ever faced sound problems at a live show? Take a look through these 5 popular Voicecouncil articles – you may just find the exact solution you need.

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  • Recording The Human Voice: Bruce Swedien

    When Bruce Swedien talks about the way he records and mixes sound, people listen

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  • Studio Mic Technique from the Man who Recorded Michael Jackson

    The legendary recordist Bruce Swedien imparts vital insights to today’s singers.

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  • The Man who Recorded “Thriller” Speaks to Singers

    Bruce Swedien is a living audio legend. Now he reveals his tips on mics, effects and unleashing a memorable performance.

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  • Repair Your Problem Plosive

    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 […]

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  • Know Your Connectors

    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 […]

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  • Cable Considerations

    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 […]

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  • Full Does Not Equal Loud

    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. […]

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  • EQ Versus Volume

    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 […]

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  • Cable Care

    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 […]

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  • Lighting Can Affect Your Voice

    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

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  • Plug In Properly

    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, […]

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  • Condenser Mics: First Choice For The Studio

    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 […]

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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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  • Vocal Phrasing and Interpretation are King

    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 […]

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  • Your Headphone Mix is Crucial

    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 […]

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  • A New Boost for Singers

    VoiceCouncil Magazine cranks up the volume on its content.

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