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1 week ago
We are about a year into the B&H Photography Podcast and, while we still have a lot to learn, our success in this relatively short time has been inspiring. In addition to the wonderful guests who continue to come to our studio, our listenership and subscriber list have steadily grown over the months, and we were even...
2 weeks ago
It is much too easy to take our sense of hearing for granted. However, let’s face it—if you saw someone walking around treating one of their other senses the way our hearing gets abused, you’d call social services. It’s common sense not to stare directly into the sun, or not to pick up a hot pan with your bare hands, but we regularly expose ourselves to the damaging sound pressure levels (SPLs)...

1 month ago
Sitting in New York City’s Legendary Sterling Sound, John Congleton talks with Sonic Scoop’s Justin Colletti about the mixing process. Together they cover mixing by instinct, focusing on the big picture, using the rough mix to your advantage, listening to music while you’re mixing, and working on the vocal sooner rather than later. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide...

1 month ago
In this interview of Grammy-Award winning producer of John Congleton by Sonic Scoop’s Justin Colletti, Congleton dives into the particulars of making St. Vincent’s eponymous record, the importance of making mixing decisions in the tracking phase, and taking one’s ego out of the production process. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other...

 

3 months ago
Delving into the specifics of a mixing technique synonymous with pop and EDM, Sonic Scoop’s Justin Colletti explains exactly what sidechain compression is, when to use it, and how to do so effectively with stock Pro Tools plug-ins. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative videos...

3 months ago
Justin Colletti, from our partners at Sonic Scoop, sits down and delves into the intermediate mixing technique known as serial compression, or stacking multiple compressors on a single source. Colletti first explains some theory behind using a faster attack compressor in front of a slower-acting compressor, and then gives examples of how this technique sounds on drums and bass, two types of...

3 months ago
In the following video, Rob Rives, from B&H, demonstrates how to mike talent using lavalier microphones. Rives explores the reasons for using a lavalier over a boom microphone, the actual placement of the lavalier, and how to deal with issues of clothing noise. We also showcase alternate locations for mounting...

3 months ago
Justin Colletti, from our partners at Sonic Scoop, sits down with recording legend Joe Chiccarelli (The White Stripes, U2, Elton John, Beck) in the first part of a three-part interview. In the first installment, Chiccarelli shares some of his approaching to tracking and mixing, including when he knows to let someone else take over with fresh ears and mix an album he’s recorded. They delve into...

3 months ago
Sitting down at Avatar Studios, Sonic Scoop’s Justin Colletti speaks with legendary engineer Joe Chiccarelli (The Shins, The White Stripes, Morrissey) about the producer-artist relationship, emotional investment in the tracking process, taking the time to experiment in the studio, and the “planned accident” method. Together, Colletti and Chiccarelli cover everything from stereo panning to the pre...

3 months ago
Delving into the nitty gritty of technique and gear, Sonic Scoop’s Justin Colletti (Frank Zappa, Spoon, Morrissey, Alanis Morissette), sits down with legendary engineer Joe Chiccarelli to talk about his tool box (analog and digital), his master buss techniques, his preferred speakers, and why he never uses a stompbox for its intended purpose.
4 months ago
You’ve written the parts, tuned your axe, and informed your neighbors that things are going to get loud. Now it’s time to record some electric guitars at home. But a question tugs at you: How can you, with your home setup, ever approach the sound of a top-notch studio? We’re here to suggest some tips and tricks on how to do just that. If you’ve ever wanted a compendium of everything from gear...
4 months ago
A well-designed room can make the difference between smooth sailing and major headaches down the road. With today’s technology, it doesn’t take thousands of dollars to get the gear needed to set up your home audio studio. Here are a few things (six steps) you should know before you start so that you can spare yourself some months of frustration and get it right from the very beginning. Step 1:...

4 months ago
Justin Colletti, from our partners at Sonic Scoop, continues his interview with recording engineer and producer Chris Zane, at Gigantic Studios, in Manhattan. Round 2 of this interview goes into Zane’s approach to mixing, and how he tracks parts so they sound “mixed” going into Pro Tools. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other...

5 months ago
In this video, industry experts Ben Escobedo, of Sennheiser, and Michael Miceli, of Miceli Productions, show us the Sennheiser AVX, a digital wireless microphone system that  is specifically designed for capturing professional video sound. Featuring true “plug-and-record” operation, AVX is fully self-configuring,...

5 months ago
Justin Colletti, from our partners at Sonic Scoop, rounds out his interview with recording engineer and producer Chris Zane, at Gigantic Studios, by talking large-format consoles, his love for his A Designs Nail bus compressor, and the importance of finding his analog gear’s sweet spot through gain staging. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other...

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