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The discovery of electricity has dramatically changed our lives, with the wonders of modern science surrounding us everywhere—the light bulb, the electric motor, radio waves. Who would want to be without them? Audio engineers, for one, because all of the above are potential sources of audio pollution that can affect our pristine signal, as it travels between source and destination. Refrigerator... READ MORE
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Turntable to PCUnless you’re an enthusiast or you’re an expert in time travel, you shouldn’t have purchased a new music release on LP or cassette tape since the last two U.S. presidencies. It’s been almost 15 years since the compact cassette was more or less replaced by the CD—and the vinyl LP? That was dead about 10 years before that.  You’ve had years to transfer these to CDs or to MP3, but now you finally have the time, so how do you do it?

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The built-in microphones on portable digital recorders are great for recording ambient sounds and live music, and their line-level inputs are really handy when you need to connect a mixer. But how about taking advantage of the external microphone input on your recorder? Using tiny lavalier microphones with portable digital recorders opens up a wide range of creative recording possibilities. Check out this article to learn about the interesting things you can do with this gear. 

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If you’re not completely satisfied with the clean, unprocessed sound coming from your guitar and you want to experiment with and modify or color that sound, a great way to tweak it is with effects pedals, also called “stompboxes.”

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Whether you’re performing in live situations, practicing in your living room or looking for that natural sound for recording original music, an electric guitar amplifier is a must-have item. There are scores of them available. Determine which type you need by reading more below, and whether or not it will help you fulfill your musical goals.

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A “home keyboard” can be different things to different people, so likewise there are many kinds of keyboards available to satisfy various needs. Some people want a simple instrument with lush sounds that essentially takes the place of an acoustic piano in their home.

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What is a portable digital recorder? A portable digital recorder is a compact, battery-powered device that’s capable of creating high-resolution digital audio recordings. Most portable digital recorders feature built-in microphones, but some only have inputs for connecting external audio signals.... READ MORE
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You can learn a lot about audio by recording your own music (or a friend’s music), and by volunteering to assist a local sound engineer. However, attending a formal audio school can also really help you learn the nuts and bolts of sound.

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eyechart with jblDo you have 20/20 vision? If you do, consider yourself lucky. Nothing is stranger than sitting with an optometrist and seeing things more clearly when you thought your vision was fine before you walked in. Your ears are similar. You never know what you’re missing until they have been introduced to a brand new sound perspective.

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This week one of my co-workers asked me which inexpensive shotgun microphone I recommended for use with a Zoom H4n portable recorder. His one requirement was that the mic could not cost more than $150. I looked at the available options in this price range for a few minutes and eventually came back with nothing. The simple answer was that the best shotgun microphone in the $150 price range costs around $250.

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One of the coolest things about being a guitarist in a band is that you get to rock out with an awesome looking electric guitar. The same thing goes for drummers. There are few things that are cooler looking than drum sets. But what about the lead singer? Microphones are sort of cool looking, but that doesn't really cut it. The solution is to hit the stage with a stylish chrome Ultimate Support MC-90C mic stand.

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The acronym "PA" stands for Public Address, and a portable PA system allows you to do just that—speak publicly to a large group of people. A portable PA is a compact audio solution for amplifying your voice and music. Before you buy a portable PA system, there are a few questions you should ask yourself first...

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There are many options in the portable digital recorder market today, but there aren't too many choices that promise a solidly built device designed specifically for broadcast professionals. One such recorder is the Marantz PMD661, and it's packed with many useful features that may not be immediately apparent. In this post I'll take a closer look at the PMD661, and point out a few key features that make this unit such a good choice for field recording.

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When the president of the United States speaks, the world listens, so long as the mic is on. Since 1968 that mic has been the Shure SM57 in a dual configuration. Dual mics add redundancy, and frankly, a sense of importantance. 

One SM57 is usually wired to house audio, and the other to a breakout box which is fed to media outlets. In all the years I've been watching Presidents talk (since Carter!) I've never heard a dropout or tech failure--a salute to the rock solid reliability Shure SM57s have.

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MXL has come out with a new USB computer audio interface and microphone combo called the Mic Mate. It enables you to record up to four microphones, directly into a Mac or Windows computer, all in a compact package. A microphone is included, along with a table stand and the necessary cables. With the addition of the MXL Fox Microphone 3-Pack, you can have a full-blown mobile podcasting studio.

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