Computer Audio

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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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The Mbox series from Avid has always stood out as an excellent way for new users to dive into the professional realm of computer recording, and as a vehicle for experienced users to harness the power of Pro Tools in a portable and compact package. The newly announced Mbox Express Bundles continue the legacy of this popular hardware and software solution.

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The desire to play around with music runs to the very core of DJing. People love to pick out songs, arrange them, mix them together, tear them apart and put them back together. 

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No matter how large or small your recording studio may be (some of us have live rooms, while others only have bedrooms), there are plenty of people who prefer to work with the highest quality conversion technology available. 

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When people complain about modern music, they often cite obnoxious, unnatural pitch correction as one of the main culprits for their dislike. Whether you agree with this assertion or not, it's important to understand that some of the tools that are used for pitch correction can also sound as natural and emotive as a stark and unprocessed Joni Mitchell recording from 1971. 

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When you’re picking out a controller keyboard these days, you must first determine how you’re going to use it: either with your main computer or with your mobile device, and then purchase a compatible product. However, the new Mobile Keys keyboard controllers from Line 6 are compatible, plug-and-play style, with Mac, Windows and iOS devices.

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We spend a few minutes checking out the second generation of Korg's portable nanoSERIES: the nanoPAD2, the nanoKEY2, and the nanoKONTROL 2.

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The VRM Box from Focusrite is a unique USB computer audio interface that’s solely dedicated to headphone monitoring. It enables you to listen to mixes on your computer with 15 different sets of emulated studio monitors, featuring everything from Genelec 1031A’s and Yamaha NS10’s to the built-in speakers on a flat-panel television.

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The new QMix app from PreSonus creates an easy new way for performing musicians to control their on-stage monitor mixes wirelessly, from an Apple iPhone or iPod touch. 

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Musicians, DJs and producers use hardware controllers to get away from using a mouse and computer keyboard to interact with their music software. A good controller transforms the act of digital music production into a more natural, tactile experience. 

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The popularity of the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch has spawned a plethora of add-on devices for recording musicians that run the gamut from simple, single-input devices to external microphones. 

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The new MicroBook II from MOTU stands as a substantial upgrade over its original ultra-compact audio interface. All of the little touches that the original model needed have been added. The result is a super backpack-friendly interface that provides you with pristine sound quality for both mobile and studio recording.

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In this video we take a look at Avid's MBox Audio Interfaces for Mac and PC.

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It's always been incredibly difficult (and sometimes impossible) to isolate individual sounds in an audio recording. Removing vocals or reducing hum and hiss only seem like simple tasks. 

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Blue is a maker of fine microphones, well known for their excellent sound quality and unique industrial design. In 2011, Blue released an affordable studio microphone with a standard, analog XLR output called the Blue Spark.

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