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Randall was about to be fired

This was Randall’s Last Day

A young kid walks in the store… he says “You sell PA Systems? My brother is starting a band and I’m gonna be the sound guy”

In this society, you will find there is a home studio in just about every other home on the street. With the ease of Digital Recording Studios, everyone thinks they can be an engineer, sound guy, producer and record label. Unfortunately, so do most other people too. Because folks haven’t taken the time to learn to hear music properly, recorded sounds have lost their integrity and most live sound is simply trash. They aren’t what they used to be… they aren’t anything at all. The time it takes to record music properly doesn’t seem to exist anymore. Folks don’t want to take their time to make sure that the finished works provide a listening experience that is worth while.

The Sound Guy Had a Hearing Problem

When the singer says bring up the monitors and the sound guy looks at them as if they just grew an extra head… Houston, we have a problem. We have some news for you… buying a cheap, run of the mill, PA System, showing up, pluggin in a couple of microphones and running some cables… Does not make you a Sound Guy! It takes years to master the ability to control sound so that it works perfectly for the environment it was intended for.

So, yea…. We sell PA Systems, but your going to wanna pick-up some humble pie and some experience with that purchase.


branding bright ideas into realities

Did you know that On the Bus Productions hosts a Studio Event every Friday called the OTB Underground? Well neither did we! That is, we didn’t think it would be this big or this frequent. The Bus Studio has become the Auburn, CA “hang out” on Friday nights more recently, bringing some fantastic musicians, music connoisseurs and great dancing tunes from all over the Sierra Foothills and Northern California.

OTB planned on hosting the musical studio event “OTB Underground” once a month. The idea was to open up the studio floor to seasoned and beginner musicians who just wanted to jam and ‘hook up’ with other musicians. We wanted to open opportunities for “music people” who wanted to find other “music people”. The event also offered a great place for folks to simply come and enjoy a Live Music Scene without the bar scene. The word…

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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


Mike Eaton shares at the SoundCheck Music Center at their new workshop, “Tech Talk” about different types of mics, their uses and the best way to mic a drum kit. Part 2 is here! 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

Watch the Video: Tech Talk Episode Two

Bogos | Sound Amplification and Control

a Sound Isolation Panel used to control the amplification and direction of sound. They can be small just to control a singer Voice or large enough to cover a whole wall. They are typically formed by using Sound Paneling foam with a frame to shape it for it’s purpose.

drum booth-cropped

Gobo’s to isolate a drummers sound from the amplifiers in the room.


a Mic Gobo used to isolate the singer’s voice from carrying past the microphone.