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Learn what it takes to mic vocals just right! What type of mics to use, where to place your EQ, how to use outboard equipment and so much more! Mike Eaton shares with us the technique of micing vocals and the parts of the vocal chain in Part One. Join us in Part Two for more information on micing Guitars!

Tech Talk – The Vocal Chain – Part Two

vocal chain and microphones

Radio used condenser mics to get that bassy sound we all know and love from radio.

Capturing Sound can be tricky

Capturing Sound can be tricky

Did you know that you can actually cause more static sound in your recordings when using a Pop Filter? That’s right! Pop Filter’s are a tool used by many singers to decrease the popping of air that flows into the mic. If a singer says a “P” or maybe a “T” to loud, it can cause the sound to pop in the recording leaving a horrible little peak in the end product that is very undesirable to most engineers.




Pop Filters are the way to isolate sound

Pop Filters are the way to isolate sound

The pop filter is a fantastic tool for eliminating this problem. But what most musicians do not know is where to put the pop filter. Pop Filters usually come with a convenient clasp on the end of an adjustable neck. You will see most engineers and producers attach it to the singers microphone stand and then swivel the adjustable neck so that the screen sits in front of the microphone, between the singer and the mic head. What they don’t realize though is that if the singer causes the pop filter to vibrate or if they tap it or hit it, that will travel through the adjustable arm and into the stand that is holding the microphone, hence transferring the sound right into the mic and into the recording! To avoid all that extra noise, simply place the pop filter on a mic stand next to the stand that is holding the mic… this way if the pop filter gets moved or jolted – the sound is eliminated from the microphone all together.



Catch Mike on Mics at SoundCheck Music Center in Grass Valley, CA while he shares with us the Vocal Chain and all the parts that are important. Learn about applying pop filters, vocal pre-amps, equalizers, condensers, limiters and gates to vocals before getting them to the board or audience!

Watch the Video : Tech Talk – Vocal Chain Part One

Ray Charles on Mic

Ray Charles was notorious for using a condenser mic to capture his raw gritty sound


There is a New Workshop being held at the SoundCheck Music Center in Grass Valley! Mike Eaton, Owner & Founder of “Eaton Amplification” joins us as he shares his knowledge with musicians about microphones, micing instruments and vocals. Tech Talk is held once a month and has different themes each month. Tune in and Tune up!

This month’s “Tech Talk” will go over different types of mics, their uses and the best way to mic a drum kit. Part 1 includes kick drum mic set up, mic diagrams and some interesting facts…  Learn how to use Gobos – Find the Correct Microphone – Learn about Space Pair and X-Y Mic Patterns and so much more.

Watch The Video: Episode One

How to Mic Drums

Micing Drums

Part 2, Mike shows us exclusive Eaton Amplification Products and offers some great knowledge about mic technology and specifications! The Workshop Hand Guide can be picked up at SoundCheck Music Center : 671 Maltman Drive; Grass Valley, CA

Join us in person anytime! Where we share, learn and laugh with Mike Eaton at the SoundCheck Music Center in Grass Valley, CA.