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My Take on Music Recording is a podcast that covers many different aspects of the recording process, with a focus on the intersection of art and technology. Although recording is a technical process, it also involves music and musicians, working with engineers to create a satisfying experience for the listener.

Doug Fearn has made his living from professional audio since 1966 as a recording engineer, studio owner, record producer, and pro audio equipment designer and manufacturer.

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#41 Obie O’Brien: A Life in Music - Part 1                            March 18, 2021

Talk about a life in music! Obie O’Brien has done many things in his musical career, starting with playing drums when he was 12, to building a basement studio in the 1960s, to owning a sophisticated studio in Philadelphia. And for over 30 years, working with Jon Bon Jovi in many capacities.

I first met Obie in the early 1970s, at my studio. We hit it off right away with our similar approach to music and recording. But we lost touch for a couple of decades. Now Obie lives not too far from me and has built a wonderful studio for his own projects, where he works with up-and-coming artists.

For the last year, Obie has been at home during the pandemic. Previously, he was touring with Bon Jovi almost all the time. This has given us much more time to hang out, listen to what each of us is working on, and for Obie to tell me about the amazing work he is doing, like re-mixing many songs by Motown artists from the 60s.

This is the first of two parts of our long conversation, in which we talk about those topics and a whole lot more.

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#42  Obie O’Brien: A Life in Music - Part 2                            March 27, 2021

This is the second half of the conversation I had with engineer/producer/mixer/musician/songwriter Obie O’Brien. Obie is best known for his long-time work with Jon Bon Jovi, but as you will hear, he has done many things in his career.

 I don’t think I know anyone who is more enthusiastic about the art of making and recording music than Obie.

In this final part of our conversation, we talk about re-mixing Motown hits, restoring a thousand reels of 2-inch tape from the Bon Jovi tours, and his latest venture, a vinyl pressing plant. But we started off talking about his own studio in Pennsylvania.

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#43  Latency and Delay                            April 9, 2021

We tend to think that electronic signals travel instantaneously, but they do not. They are merely very fast. And the time delay can be perceived by humans under some circumstances.

In this episode, I tell the story of hearing my Morse code Amateur Radio signal coming back after circling the Earth, and how there was significant delay in the time it took for broadcast radio network signals to travel through thousands of miles of dedicated telephone lines.

Our digital audio world is full of delays of a different type: latency, which is the result of the time it takes for a computer to do its work. This latency can have a profound effect on a musical performance in the studio. Is there a way around this problem?

Sound delays are part of our world, and reverberation is an example of a “good” kind of delay, as is short repeats of a vocal or other musical sound.

Latency (almost always bad) and delay (which can be good) are two terms that describe much the same thing. Knowing how to use this displacement in time can make your recordings better – or worse.

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