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Chris Frasco

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2 years ago

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.

2 years ago

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).

2 years ago

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.

3 years ago

In the past 15 years, everything about the process of recording and distributing music has changed. The major labels have toppled from their pedestals, and with them have fallen their high temples—recording studios. 21st- Century recordings take place in bedrooms, basements, rehearsal spaces, and out on the road.

3 years ago

As Digital Signal Processors (DSP) and wireless technology continue to advance independently, manufacturers are striving to design products integrating a symbiosis of both. This was a clear theme among live-sound products being introduced this year at NAMM. Go Digital or Go Home!

3 years ago

In the past year, Mackie has given the process of live sound mixing a very futuristic twist. Combining their expertise in analog mixers with excellent digital audio conversion and iPad-driven operation, the DL Series mixers would have been right at home on Hanna-Barbera's animated TV series, The Jetsons. The latest model in this series, the DL806, is premiering this week at NAMM 2013.

3 years ago

This week at NAMM, PreSonus is rolling out some new live sound gear for the New Year. They’ve gone for the gold, creating an entire sound system: a digital mixer, powered full-range mains and a powered sub.

3 years ago

This year at NAMM, PreSonus is unveiling their first safari into the vast jungle of active studio monitors. After the success and acclaim of their monitoring controllers, such as the Central Station, this seems like a very sensible step. This debut includes two lines of studio monitors, an entry-level and a professional-level.

3 years ago

Steinberg, makers of Cubase, have just released their new UR22 USB audio interface. The UR22 is not just any audio interface: it features two onboard Yamaha D-PRE microphone preamplifiers, resolution up to 24-bit/192kHz, MIDI connectivity and latency free hardware monitoring.

3 years ago

Novation is a leading brand in the resurging synthesizer market. Their microsynth, the MiniNova, is a versatile and feature-packed 37-key sound-shaping machine. The MiniNova is built on the same sound engine as the flagship UltraNova.

3 years ago

When it comes to production sound for film or an original series, quality audio capture is imperative. Bad audio can ruin the experience for everyday viewers and critics alike. In this article, we’ll discuss the elements of an effective and ultra-portable sound recording rig.

3 years ago

Beats by Dr. Dre has glamorized the marketplace of designer headphones. These days they are omnipresent. Andre Romelle Young (better known as Dr. Dre) has made his signature line of headphones both a status symbol and a fashion accessory.

 
3 years ago

New Year's Eve is upon us again. That special night when we make big plans, dress up, get our hopes up and attend the coolest party we can find—only to be let down. It doesn’t have to be this way, folks.

3 years ago

When it comes to image quality, HDSLRs offer videographers some highly desirable aesthetic characteristics. However, issues like automatic gain and loud autofocus motors have given these types of cameras a poor reputation for in-camera audio.

3 years ago

Earphones, not to be confused with earbuds, have one major advantage over headphones when it comes to blocking out ambient noise, they go directly in your ears!  Because of this simple fact, every model of earphone will isolate the ear canal to some degree.

 

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