When you look back at the last fifty years of sound recording, a timeline of trends, techniques, and equipment materializes. Tastes change over time, and while I’m not likely to ever use a gated reverb on snare drum today, you’d be hard pressed to find a rock album recorded in the 1980s without it. One technique that was virtually unheard of in the ’60s and ’70s that’s now considered by many as... READ MORE
In the following video, Rob Rives demonstrates the QCon Pro DAW controller from Icon Digital, and how it is capable of streamlining your workflow when tracking and mixing. The video explores the unit's compatibility and functionality with a variety of common DAWS such as Pro Tools, Logic Pro, and... READ MORE
Whit Norris is a professional film sound mixer with a filmography ranging from work on Fast Five to Anchorman 2. Norris took some time off on the set of his current project, the forthcoming Vince Vaughn film, Term Life to talk about gear, and share some great tips and experiences from his expansive filmography.
On your IMDB page, you have a fairly prolific filmography listed. When did you... READ MORE
You may not know the name Ken Lewis, but you definitely know his tunes. Having worked as a major-label mix engineer, producer, songwriter, and musician for more than 20 years, Lewis has amassed a client list that reads like a “who’s who” of the music industry: Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Jay Z, Bruno Mars, Ariana Grande, fun., Mariah Carey, John Legend, Lenny Kravitz, David Byrne, and Lana Del Rey... READ MORE
The Beatles will forever will be regarded as the band that changed the course of pop music. Volumes have been written about the talents and creative dynamics of the “Fab Four,” and the genius of George Martin as a producer. However, the contributions of their recording engineer, Geoff Emerick, are also an important element of the iconic sound of The Beatles.
Starting as an assistant engineer,... READ MORE
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.
Rives demonstrates some of the signal-processing controls of the software by reducing the room ambience of a vocal recording from an interview with photographer Lindsay... READ MORE
“Modding” is the act of altering equipment in order to improve its performance, and it’s anything but new in the audio world. However, recently it’s blossomed into a full-blown sub-industry. Be it mics, preamps, consoles, or processors, people are now accustomed to buying an inexpensive product, only to send it to a third-party company to perform some sort of top-drawer upgrade.
There are entire... READ MORE
The 2014 Musikmesse International Music Fair is presently taking place in Frankfurt, Germany. Here at B&H Explora, we've been busy reporting the latest news from the show, including our post on the early announcements, and our roundup of... READ MORE
Musikmesse is an international fair hosted in Frankfurt, Germany, for all things music: instruments, production equipment, and much, much more. As you might expect, manufacturers big and small show up to show off their wares, and it has become an important event for new product announcements. We've already reported our favorite... READ MORE
It has been 2 years since a team of programmers, developers, and musicians known as Bitwig announced the development of what would be their groundbreaking music production software of the same name, Bitwig Studio. Since then, EDM, House, and Techno producers, along with DJs and performers, have been patiently waiting (some more patiently than others) for the software to leave the Beta stage and... READ MORE
The 2014 Musikmesse International Music Fair in Frankfurt, Germany, begins today and with it comes a wealth of exciting new product announcements for making music. Several major manufacturers have already unveiled updates and additions to their product lines of instruments, microphones, mixers, DJ controllers, audio interfaces, and more. As this week progresses, B&H Explora will provide more... READ MORE
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?
Two NASA engineers inspect a test setup in an anechoic chamber in preparation for the... READ MORE
This Week in the News:
The new Panasonic 4K VariCam 35
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- Panasonic announced the new Super 35mm 4K VariCam 35 Cinema Camera
- Roku is releasing the compact and affordable Roku Streaming Stick
- Apple unveiled their CarPlay technology, which integrates the iPhone with automobiles
- K-Tek has a new audio bag that's ideal for the Sound Devices 633
The utilitarian features of your sound recording bag are as important as the performance of the equipment it contains. The value of your investment in microphones, wireless systems, mixers, and recorders is diminished if the kit bag isn’t functional or comfortable to wear for an entire day’s work. It’s worthwhile to invest in a bag that protects and optimizes the functionality of your equipment.... READ MORE
In this video, Rob Rives shows us around the MOTU 828x, a professional digital audio interface that features a total of 28 inputs and 30 outputs. The unit, which is equipped with bothThunderbolt and USB connections, can be used with 32- or 64-bit Mac or PC systems. The interface is rackmountable and offers eight channels of 192kHz analog recording and playback, combined with 16 channels of ADAT... READ MORE