While sometimes it may seem as though all of recorded music is available by a quick search on services such as Spotify, Google Play, or iTunes (to name just three), the truth is that a significant amount of recorded music is only available in analog formats, such as cassette tapes. So, whether your interest is in digitizing cassettes from childhood or a mix tape from an old high-school flame, B...
As a longtime vinyl DJ, I strongly prefer the hands-on approach of mixing music with two turntables and a mixer. For all the convenience offered by fully digital setups on laptops and tablets, there is no denying the tactile benefits of a traditional vinyl-only rig. From the pleasing heft of a rotating turntable platter to the gentle cradling of the stylus locked into a groove, the physical...
When Logic Pro X was released in 2013, many users breathed a sigh of relief: the DAW was long overdue for a refresh, and some were beginning to worry Apple was going to abandon its flagship music-creation software. Logic X proved that worry wrong, and was released with a slew of new features, not least of which is its entirely 64-bit architecture.
Modern-day musical synthesizers offer a staggering array of options for control of parameters, note sequencing, and interfacing with hardware sound modules and software DAWs and plug-ins.
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.
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.
“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.
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?
Even if you love the serenity of silence, most people would draw the line at the...
When an acoustic guitarist plays a note, there are variations in the way the note can be played that affect the sound; the manner and intensity with which the string is picked or plucked, the pressure on the fret, the cleanliness of the string, the angle of the sound hole to the mic, and other factors play a part. The human voice is an even more complicated instrument.
Nirvana’s Nevermind remains one of the most influential albums of all time, introducing MTV (and the world) to grunge and alternative and changing the landscape of popular music, essentially ending the popularity of “hair” metal. Aside from the vast influence of its songs, Nevermind remains a benchmark for sound quality, from a recording and engineering standpoint.
In a perfect world, budgets would be unlimited and you could hire a top-notch sound person for every production. But for students, amateurs, or professionals on a shoe-string budget, you probably don’t have the funds available to do that. This doesn’t preclude you from stepping up the quality of your audio. Here are five steps you can take that can help your sound.
The first time you hear a recording of your speaking voice is usually a strange experience. The most common reaction is one of shock and dismay. “Do I sound like that? Since when has my voice been so high pitched?” You’ve heard your own voice for your entire life, and its sound is a given. So, why doesn’t a recording of your voice sound like what you hear in your head?
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?