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Remember the days of manually patching in three or four pieces of outboard equipment to create the ultimate vocal chain? Or are you new to recording, and is the whole idea of an effects chain baffling to you? When mainstream recording went digital, so did the mindset: you simply opened up multiple plug-ins for different processors to achieve the sound.

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If you’re experienced working in film, video, or electronic news-gathering, then you already know how devastating the wind can be to your audio recordings. Without the proper protection, a microphone will interpret wind, vocal pops, and drafts from air-conditioning units as disturbances in air pressure around the microphone element. digital recorders.

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In the following video, Rob Rives, from B&H, enlightens us on how to  play audio samples using the Akai MPX8 Mobile SD Sample Pad Controller.

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If you're a beginner or a professional engineer, you've most likely had  this painful experience at one point or another: sitting there, tweaking EQs and filters, trying to salvage a busted clip of audio to make it usable for a project. What has brought you the misery this time?

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The following video presents Rob Rives demonstrating MIDI controllers from M-Audio’s Axiom A.I.R line. Rives shows us some of the features of the 49- and 25-key models, in addition to the Mini 32. The video illustrates how the included HyperControl software allows for integration with Logic Pro 9, as well as how to re-assign the pads on the 49-key model to a different note.

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As digital music continues to explore new realms and push boundaries through EDM, dubstep, and the growing trend of the mash-up, the demand rises for creative, functional, and deeply customizable MIDI controllers for both programming and controlling your DAW.

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Ultimately, the process of composing, recording, and mixing a track comes down to the final master. Mastering engineers dedicate their careers to developing their ears so they can balance levels, position the stereo or surround image, equalize, and optimize a track’s levels while preserving the musicality of the original recording.

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Due to its compact size, cute design, and unusual layout, one may almost mistake the OP-1 Portable Synthesizer for a toy upon first glance. But, once you start to explore the depth of functionality that this piece has to offer, you begin to realize that phrases like “mini workstation,” “powerful synthesizer,” and “beast” are far more descriptive terms.

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Audiophile-grade headphones are an odd and intriguing topic. They’re a newer product class that has just begun to carve out a distinct relevance in the audio marketplace. As an audiophile and professional listener, I find that only a select few manufacturers are able to back up claims of incredible, accurate sound in a pair of headphones.

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The Sennheiser MD-46 is an interview microphone specifically designed for electronic news-gathering (ENG) purposes. Unlike many interview mics, which are built with an omnidirectional response, the MD-46 has a cardioid polar pattern (though an omnidirectional version exists in the form of the MD-42).

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Join Rob Rives as he demonstrates the Novation Launchkey Controller and its functionality with multiple DAWs. Rives explores the functions, controls, and versatility of the Launchkey 49 key controller, including its InControl software that allows you to map the Launchkey to multiple DAWs.

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When I heard that B&H InDepth wanted to do an article on Sennheiser stage and studio microphones, I jumped at the opportunity to write it. As both a touring performer and an audio engineer, these mics have been the go-to tools of my trade for years. Their versatility, durability, and all-around excellence never disappoints.

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Novation's popular Launchpad controller has been updated. The Launchpad S features brighter LEDs, a faster refresh rate, and full-MIDI class compliance so it can work with virtually any Mac- or PC-based audio software. In this video, Rob Rives takes a look at how it works.

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Capturing sound for film, TV, or podcasting can present some unique challenges. Unlike audio engineers working in a studio setting, many who work in film and TV do not have the relative luxury of working in the same acoustic environment every day.

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There are many DJ controllers to choose from, but the VCI-400 from Vestax has a lot going for it. This solidly built but quite portable 4-deck controller connects to your Mac or PC via USB and features an excellent sounding built-in audio card.

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