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6 hours ago
Join Justin Colletti, from our Pro Audio partners, Sonic Scoop, as he sits down to talk shop with recording engineer Chris Zane at Gigantic Studios, in Manhattan. Known for his work with a variety of artists ranging from Passion Pit to Nelly Furtado, Miniature Tigers, Friendly Fires, and many more, Part 1 of this three-part video examines some of Zane’s recording philosophies, as well as his...

1 week ago
Sit down with Justin Colletti, from B&H’s partner, Sonic Scoop, and learn the ins and outs of one of the most widely used techniques in mixing audio: parallel compression. If you’ve ever wondered how the pros get their drums, bass, or vocals to pop out, parallel compression might be just the trick. Colletti discusses just what parallel compression is, how to go about setting it up in the box...
3 months ago
Whether it’s for mixing tracks in the studio or providing live sound reinforcement for touring or installed PA systems, amplifiers are an important part of an audio signal chain. While studying the specifications for a powered studio monitor, active loudspeaker, or power amplifier, you may have noticed that the amplifier is designated by a class followed by a letter or combination of letters....
6 months ago
It is a commonly held belief that the frequency response of human hearing is between 20 Hz and 20,000 Hz, with degeneration of the upper frequencies occurring as a person grows older. More recent research may indicate that human beings can detect signals much higher than this, though the perception of those frequencies may be expressed as harmonic interactions and by the transient crossings in...
8 months ago
Poor audio! While many tout the mantra that sound is half your film or broadcast, budgetary constraints can relegate sound to an afterthought—unfortunately, often to the peril of your project’s quality. While getting your sound captured correctly can be a daunting task, especially to the audio-uninitiated, you fortunately already have a powerful tool right in your pocket. No, not your wallet—your...
8 months ago
Whether you grew up listening to records, or you recently discovered collecting and playing vinyl, the idea of recording your favorite vinyl records into your computer may have crossed your mind. Having a digitized version of your vinyl collection is useful for loading songs into portable devices and for having an archive of your favorite tunes in the digital realm. When captured properly, a...
by Sam Mallery and Daniel Bockrath
9 months ago
While sometimes it may seem as though all of recorded music is available by a quick search on services such as Spotify, Google Play, or iTunes (to name just three), the truth is that a significant amount of recorded music is only available in analog formats, such as cassette tapes. So, whether your interest is in digitizing cassettes from childhood or a mix tape from an old high-school flame, B...
11 months ago
The home is a special place to connect with family and friends. A great way to share this special place and time is by listening to music and watching your favorite films together. These shared experiences can be the basis for the kind of lifelong memories that hold friendships together, so it makes sense and is well worthwhile to invest in quality equipment that delivers those experiences with...
Native Instruments Kontrol X1
1 year ago
As a longtime vinyl DJ, I strongly prefer the hands-on approach of mixing music with two turntables and a mixer. For all the convenience offered by fully digital setups on laptops and tablets, there is no denying the tactile benefits of a traditional vinyl-only rig. From the pleasing heft of a rotating turntable platter to the gentle cradling of the stylus locked into a groove, the physical...
1 year ago
With the ever-increasing mobility of music-production equipment, the subject of mixing and mastering on headphones becomes increasingly relevant. While there is no real substitute for mixing and mastering on tuned near- or mid-field monitors in an acoustically treated room, headphones certainly have a role to play in production. Whether for convenience, portability, noise considerations, or other...
1 year ago

When Logic Pro X was released in 2013, many users breathed a sigh of relief: the DAW was long overdue for a refresh, and some were beginning to worry Apple was going to abandon its flagship music-creation software. Logic X proved that worry wrong, and was released with a slew of new features, not least of which is its entirely 64-bit architecture.

1 year ago
Modern-day musical synthesizers offer a staggering array of options for control of parameters, note sequencing, and interfacing with hardware sound modules and software DAWs and plug-ins. Among these, the now-ubiquitous MIDI (Musical Instrument Device Interface) protocol has been around since 1983, while the network-optimized, less widely adopted, OSC (Open Sound Control) has been in use since...
1 year ago

When you look back at the last fifty years of sound recording, a timeline of trends, techniques, and equipment materializes. Tastes change over time, and while I’m not likely to ever use a gated reverb on snare drum today, you’d be hard pressed to find a rock album recorded in the 1980s without it.

1 year ago

The Beatles will forever will be regarded as the band that changed the course of pop music. Volumes have been written about the talents and creative dynamics of the “Fab Four,” and the genius of George Martin as a producer. However, the contributions of their recording engineer, Geoff Emerick, are also an important element of the iconic sound of The Beatles.

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