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Spaghetti is a tasty and cost-effective meal; however, if you're not careful, your wires and cables have the potential to turn into it. When you acquire multiple pieces of equipment, you can end up with a messy tangle of AC adapters before you notice. It's always a good idea to keep them organized with Rip-Ties, but I've found it can be even more helpful to label them with tape and magic markers. Here's how I do it...

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The laws of physics have always posed annoying challenges for capturing clear sound in film and video production. One such obstacle is how to focus a microphone on a sound you want to hear, while ignoring sounds you don't. The Schoeps SuperCMIT 2U Digital Shotgun has taken us one step closer to solving this problem. It may be expensive, but a tool that can improve the clarity of dialog and sound effects is worth its weight in Oscar gold.

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Getting on an airplane is always a little scary; but when you're taking lots of production equipment with you, it's downright terrifying!  Traveling with gear requires preparation. Without the necessary cases, packing, and precautions, your equipment may not survive the trip. Join me as I pack for a flight to Detroit, on a mission to record some tracks with one of the best drummers I know. The fate of my favorite gear is uncertain.

 
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The new BM 5A MKII near field active studio monitor from Dynaudio Acoustics is the latest update of their much-respected BM series. It may look remarkably similar to the original BM 5A, but there have been a number of updates made throughout its design. Check out this post for details about the new model and a side-by-side look at the old and new versions.

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The world of pro audio is filled with confusing nomenclature and contradictions. For example, turning on a low pass filter will cut high frequencies, and recording at 1 bit with the Korg MR-2 portable field recorder can yield better results than using higher bit rates. Check out this post to learn more about the MR-2's powerful 1-bit DSD technology, and how it may be the best sounding hand-sized recorder out there.

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The first time I laid eyes on the new Korg MP10PRO, I wasn't exactly sure what it was. It looks like a combination of a boombox, a jukebox and a lunchbox. It turns out that my first impression wasn't too far off the mark. The MP10PRO allows you to do everything from DJing parties to hosting karaoke events. You can even plug in a MIDI keyboard and play it like an instrument.

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You might not think a portable digital recorder would need to wear a thick fur hat in the sweltering heat of summer, but if you're using its built-in microphones, special windshields are absolutely necessary to protect your audio from wind noise. Not only will they allow you to capture clean audio in gusty locations, they also make your recorder look really cute. Check out this post for the coolest hot summer accessories for portable audio recorders.

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The term "Workstation Keyboard" is a bit of a misnomer, because the people who play them tend to have a really good time. These keyboards enable you to access a large variety of instruments, and sequence entire songs with multiple layers of sounds and effects. Recently, Korg announced the new microSTATION, a full-blown, 61-key workstation keyboard with a revolutionary ultra-compact form factor.

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The Azden FMX-42a and the FMX-42 portable field mixers are nearly identical in appearance, yet the price tag on the FMX-42a is over $100 more than the FMX-42. In this post I'll clearly explain why this is so, and how the additional features on the FMX-42a can greatly benefit you when mixing audio in the field.

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For $99, this well-considered audio recorder is limited only by your creativity. The Zoom H1 is super compact, and perfect for recording class lectures, making a podcast or capturing dual-system sound for your indie film. There’s really no excuse to not carry one with you.

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Imagine you're creating a soundtrack for a film or writing a new song and you've exhausted your collection of loops and software instruments. There's an emotion you're trying to evoke and your tools just aren't cutting it. This is when the 24 instruments and effects in Native Instruments Komplete 7 save the day. In one shot you've got 90GB of sounds to create with, and it's compatible with both Mac and Windows computers.

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When people start learning about wireless microphone systems, they're sometimes surprised to find out that multiple components are needed: a microphone, a transmitter and a receiver. Samson's AirLine 77 headworn systems have a small transmitter built into the headset, so it seems like there are only two components involved, instead of three.

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People today expect their digital devices to handle multiple tasks. We check our e-mail, surf the Internet and shoot video with our mobile phones, so it makes sense that a stand-alone multitrack recorder should also work as a computer audio interface, controller and portable recorder. The Zoom R16 does all of these jobs, and the R24 accomplishes even more.

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A typical human being sees the world through two eyes, smells the world through two nostrils, and hears the world through two ears. Why we only have one mouth is a mystery, but it likely has something to do with noise pollution. Since we hear the world through two separate ears, recording audio in stereo for video work seems like a natural choice, but it isn’t always the best choice. Even so, there are many situations where using a stereo mic on a camera yields really nice results. In this article I’ll tell you about the times when you should use a stereo mic on a video camera, and make it clear when you should use a different kind of microphone. Plus I’ll share some mission critical tips for getting good sound when shooting outdoors.

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This curious looking wavy blue ring is causing a lot of confusion for customers who buy new R0DE microphones. The ring is a small spacer that comes installed inside of the mic. The ring can be easily removed, and it's a good idea to remove it immediately after you buy a new R0DE. The ring prohibits many XLR cables from connecting, and you may think your new mic is defective if you're unaware of this issue.

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