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Audio Nerd Controversy: Are Analog Summing Devices Beneficial or Snake Oil?

The term “analog summers” does not refer to the act of giving up your smartphone during the months of June, July, and August. It refers to controversial pieces of audio equipment. Analog summing hardware takes the outputs from an audio interface, usually 8 or 16 channels’ worth, and sums them down to a stereo pair, which you can then record back into your DAW. where’s the controversy?

Weirdly Quiet: What the Total Silence of an Anechoic Chamber Can Do To You

Noise is a given part of our daily lives, and if you live in a bustling area like B&H’s home in New York City, the clamor of buses, trains, construction, and people can be downright overwhelming. New Yorkers love to get away on weekend trips to quieter, rural locales. But is there such a thing as too quiet?

NI Kontrol S4 Mk II and Denon MC-6000 Mk II

In the following video, Rob Rives, from B&H, discusses the updates to the Native Instruments Kontrol S4 MK II and Denon MC6000 MK II DJ Controllers. Rives talks about the DJ Controllers’ layout, internal sound cards and new support for Serato and video mixing on the DN MC 6000 MKII.

Hands-On Review: Zynaptiq Unveil De-reverberation Software

In the following video, Rob Rives, from B&H, demonstrates how to increase, reduce, or remove the amount of reverb in audio recordings using the Zynaptic Unveil de-reverberation and signal-focusing software for Mac and PC.

Zoom iQ5 Stereo Microphone for iOS Devices with Lightning Connector

In the following video, Rob Rives gets his hands on the Zoom iQ5 Stereo Microphone for iOS Devices, and discusses how it can be used for mid-side recordings with adjustable stereo fields and orientations. Rives demonstrates the controls and functionality of the iQ5, including how to adjust the mic’s orientation when in landscape or portrait modes on your iOS device.

Pro Audio and the New MacPro

The new Mac Pro does not just represent a radical departure from the aesthetics of its rectangular predecessors, but has drastically increased processing power, RAM capacity, and SSD speeds. Combined with Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3 connectivity, these machines will appeal to many members of the Pro Audio community and will be most welcome.

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Maschine Studio Groove Production System

In the following video, Rob Rives, from B&H, demonstrates the Native Instruments Maschine Studio. He explores the controller’s hardware design, software functions, and production workflows, including  standalone operation and integration with popular DAWs such as Ableton Live and Logic Pro X.

CES 2014: The New Mo-Fi Headphones from Blue [VIDEO]

In this video, Larry Becker, from the Kelby Media Group, speaks to Blue Microphones about their upcoming line of Mo-Fi headphones. The new headphones are not revealed in the video, but their concept is explained.

CES 2014: Korg Announces Two New Products that Improve Your Computer Audio Quality

Computers, TVs, and cameras may get most of the attention at CES, but Korg has shown that audio has a big place at the event with their announcement of their DS-DAC-100 and DS-DAC-100m, DSD audio playback systems. They are designed to complement Korg’s AudioGate 3 software, which can be used to up-sample audio from your computer, be it CDs, downloads, or other sources, to DSD quality up to 5.8 MHz.

Editor's Note: this post was written by Jaime Traba

Waldorf Pulse 2 Analog Synthesizer Module

In the following video, Rob Rives, from B&H, demonstrates the Waldorf Pulse 2 analog synthesizer module and the range of styles it can accommodate, including ambient and techno. Rives demonstrates the Pulse 2’s physical build before delving into its sonic output by examining some presets while adjusting filter and resonance settings.

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