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When most people record audio in stereo, they usually go to the most common mic configurations, such as a matched pair of microphones arranged in an X/Y pattern, or possibly those same matched mics in an ORTF pattern for a wider stereo field. 

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Each year, millions of iPods and other MP3 players are sold around the globe. Most of them include a basic set of earbuds so you can listen to your favorite tunes right away.

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A couple of months ago, a B&H Insights reader posted a comment in the B&H Guide to Telephone Interviews article, asking how to tap an iPhone. The product the reader was inquiring about, the JK Audio CellTap, turned out to be incompatible with the iPhone. However, the JK Audio BlueKeeper works like a charm for tapping the iPhone and any Bluetooth headset-enabled device.

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Audio interfaces come in many shapes and sizes, and discerning their  differences can be confusing. In this post we'll take a look at the CI series from Steinberg. Whether you need an interface to produce music, podcasts or to create voice-overs for video post production, these interfaces offer professional sound quality, easy setup and a range of options in their included production software.

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If you tuned in for the last part of this series then you learned all about the fundamentals of recording a direct signal. Now that you've got a solid understanding of the options available for direct recording, hopefully, you've had some time to make some direct recordings of your own. But a direct signal is only useful if you do something with it, and that's what the next two parts of this series will focus on. This segment will cover the basic things to watch out for with your direct signals, and cover some of the great software emulators out there that can take those sounds in an infinite number of directions.

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The iPad has proven itself to be an outstanding tool for normal daily activities, like surfing the web in your pajamas. In the arena of music production, iPads have changed the script completely. Audio and MIDI apps are a perfect fit for Apple’s generously-sized multi-touch device.

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The EOS 5D Mark II, one of the latest offerings from Canon, is the world's first dSLR camera to offer Full HD video recording capability. But what if you want to capture great sounding audio to accompany your great looking video? The 5D MkII records stunning video clips at a 1080p resolution with a frame rate of 30fps, but the audio is recorded with a tiny built-in mono microphone. Thankfully the camera also includes a stereo 3.5mm microphone input that will enable you to capture much better audio than that offered by the built-in mic. Shooting video on the MkII is very easy.

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When choosing a digital piano, as a basic rule I always lean toward companies that have a reputation for manufacturing great-sounding acoustic pianos. If you want big piano tone and feel in a lightweight keyboard, you're asking for a lot, but you may be in luck. The new Yamaha NP-V80 and the Yamaha NP-V60 Piaggero keyboards weigh less than 16 pounds, yet offer 76 keys and rich piano tones.

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Why should you purchase studio monitors for audio production when you already own speakers? Working at B&H I’ve met a lot of photographers and videographers who understand the need for using a calibrated graphics monitor instead of their TV sets to establish accurate color values when making correction decisions. They get it. They know that audio engineers also need special-purpose gear to evaluate how loud material is when mixing. Meet the studio monitor.

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Have you ever been working on a creative project on your computer and you reach a point where  the work looses its spark and starts to go downhill? It's a painful scenario in which the creative potential of your digital tools somehow destroys the idea you were chipping away at. This is a problem I've struggled with, and instead of giving up on all of my digitally-based artistic endeavors and going back to finger painting, I've decided to try a new approach to how I save my work. 

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So, you skipped the prom to work on your valedictory speech? No problem. Practice with the On-Stage MY700 Multiple Microphone Bar. The metal holder accommodates up to six microphones on a single support such as the On-Stage MS7201B Round Base Telescoping Microphone Stand, adjustable from 34- to 60-inches. (Limbo, anyone?) Later, when you swap that dreadful brown suit for leather and a low-slung Martin, the MY700 will support your inner rock star.

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In the early 1920's a couple of German physicists were messing around with powerful magnets and thin strips of aluminum, and they managed to invent our beloved ribbon microphones. These ancient recording tools recently staged a formidable comeback in home and professional studios. Why? Because ribbon microphones deliver an uncanny smoothness that can mellow out brash sounds, and bring an old school vibe to recordings that you just can't deny.

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Previously, in Part 1 of this series on studio monitors, we discussed the advantages of mixing your productions on "studio monitors" instead of of "speakers." To recap, we learned that monitors will replicate the volume of different frequencies (or pitches) with far greater accuracy than speakers, and, as such, are best suited for engineers needing to to make informed decisions in their mix.

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Many budding recordists have heard the term "direct box," or even used one without really knowing what it does. Maybe you've heard that a direct box (or DI) matches the "impedance" of your devices, but you really have no idea what that means. If all you're looking for is a nice tone from your instrument into your computer, then don't fret--a strong understanding of impedance is not necessary--but, you may want a little back-story to help wrap your mind around the concept (if not, skip to the section about types).

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Sennheiser HMD25-XQ Headset with SuperCardioid MicHave you ever dreamed of becoming a professional sports commentator? Do you constantly chatter about the activity on the field when you watch sporting events? Do you drive your family and friends crazy with your armchair sportscasting? Maybe it's time you started taking your untapped skills more seriously. In this post I'll show you the most commonly used tool in sportscasting, and give you tips on how to train for the big leagues.

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