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2 weeks 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...
by Greg Johnson
2 weeks 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:...

1 month 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...

1 month 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,...

1 month 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...

1 month ago
Our friend Justin Colletti, from Sonic Scoop, shoots it out with some studio staple dynamic microphones, once again with the help of vocalist and guitarist Wes Hutchinson. The mics are put through their paces on vocals and electric guitar. We hear from Shure’s...
2 months ago
What is a synthesizer? The advent of the synthesizer and its subsequent popularity in the late 1960s and throughout the ’70s forever changed the landscape of music and sound design. The concept of imitative synthesis, where a device is used to emulate a particular acoustic instrument, has been a huge boon for the advancement of the technology of synthesis. For instance, if we wanted the sound of...

2 months 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...

2 months 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...
6 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....
9 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...
10 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...
11 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
1 year 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...
1 year 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...

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