The folk over at Rupert Neve Designs (not the least of whom, Rupert himself), have been making 500 series modules for some time now, in the form of the 511 mic preamp, the 551... READ MORE
In the following video, Rob Rives takes a look at the new Streichfett String Synthesizer from Waldorf and how it recreates the sound of classic string synths from the 1970s and '80s. The video explores the synth’s presets, as well as what each control is capable of doing to affect the sound... READ MORE
The PonoPlayer is a high-resolution portable digital music device designed to let you experience music the way the original artist intended, in its native “master-quality” resolution. Rocker Neil Young, the “Granddaddy of Grunge,” enlisted the help of Ayre Acoustics to develop the technology inside the PonoPlayer, which when combined with PonoMusic, provides an ultra high-resolution music service... READ MORE
Beloved guitar manufacturer Gibson, maker of the iconic Les Paul, has made a showing at CES to demonstrate its new line of headphones. On one hand, this is not that surprising, considering the company’s announcement last year that it had entered into the studio monitor world with a line of Les Paul-inspired speakers. The next obvious step would be headphones that feature the same Les Paul... READ MORE
Audeze, the USA-based manufacturer of magnetic planar headphones, has delighted the audiophile headphone market yet again with the announcement of a new innovative pair of headphones at CES 2015: The EL-8.
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Shure’s contributions to this year’s CES come in the form of some very forward-thinking digital microphones with very vintage aesthetics, and a mobile app to complement them. First up is the stereo MV88, which sees the audio giant jump headfirst into the growing and crowded iOS audio market. It is equipped with a Lightning connector, and so attaches directly to your iPhone or iPad, and features a... READ MORE
Sennheiser’s outing at this year’s CES shows that the company has no intention of backing away from its recent movements into the lucrative and competitive consumer and fashion headphone market, dominated by the likes of brands such as Beats and Sol Republic. Coupled with its impressive history making high-end audiophile and professional grade equipment, Sennheiser has unveiled some very exciting... READ MORE
In the following video, join B&H’s own Rob Rives as he examines the ProCast SST USB Mic & Audio Interface from MikTek. In the video, Rives examines some of the uses to which you can put this mic, including podcasting and home studio applications, and he reviews its build, as... READ MORE
Sony has announced that it is revamping the Walkman for the digital age, for on-the-go music lovers. The Walkman NW-ZX2 boasts audiophile-quality playback with Bluetooth compatibility, 60-hour battery life, 128GB of internal storage, and a solid aluminum body. The Walkman features the S-Master HX digital amplifier, which was developed for high-resolution playback using a mastering-quality digital... READ MORE
What are effects pedals?
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.” An effects pedal, depending upon its configuration, modifies the sound of your guitar through electrical circuitry or digital modeling via... READ MORE
Have you always wanted to learn the guitar, but don’t know where to start? Maybe you have tried to learn, but have gotten discouraged by confusing books, or less-than-competent teachers. If this sounds like your experience, or your child’s, don’t fret! Check out the new Fretlight 5... READ MORE
As part of the company’s DJ and Production Tools, the volca range of modules provides artists and performers with easily accessible and fun-to-use sound generators that can function as stand-alone units, or be interconnected with each other to create a complete performance system. A newly... READ MORE
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
One idea that resonates for me, having worked as a Sound Mixer for many years, is that there is no one way to do anything. Putting a lavalier microphone on talent is a skill that requires as many “solutions” as you can possibly devise. The person with the largest number of options and... READ MORE
While we generally recommend getting closer to the subject and using a dual-system solution to avoid recording the camera's noisy preamps, in many one-shooter, run-and-gun situations, that's not always possible. This video is designed to give you an idea of what some of these microphones sound like in such situations. We begin by listening to the poor audio recorded from the built-in mic on a... READ MORE