Making a podcast can be as simple as setting up a USB microphone, or putting your DSLR into video mode and pressing Record. But there's something to be said about a show that harnesses audio, video, graphics, remote guests, live streaming and more. Sonic TALK is a weekly, UK-based audio/video podcast about music technology, and its host, Nick Batt, has incorporated a variety of technologies in order to make the show more dynamic.
For audio engineers, the AES convention is synonymous with tradition. It rotates annually between the East and West Coast, and it has become a showcase for both long-standing gear manufacturers and fresh new faces alike. In an age where the music business is in constant flux, the AES convention provides panels, networking, and hands-on experience for audio professionals. As always with AES, the real fun is the gear, so let's dive in!
Editor's Note: This post was co-written by Jamie Traba
The Pro Audio section of the B&H SuperStore comprises almost a quarter of the first floor. In this area, customers can peruse keyboards, speakers, a DJ area, electronic drums, Apple Mac Pro workstations, software, and even a soundproof booth with microphones. The audiophile, sound technician, musician, or gear enthusiast will be dazed by all of the audio equipment surrounding them—which they can play with, too!
Take a look at our photo tour of the Pro Audio section, and listen to some rockin' tunes while you're doing so.
This USB headphone amplifier simulates various monitors and room environments to give you a better idea of how your mixes will translate. The VRM Box software overcomes the major obstacle of mixing through headphones by providing multiple perspectives on your mix, as if listening through speakers in different acoustical situations.
In this video, we spend a few minutes checking out these two Tascam handheld digital recorders. Both feature built-in stereo microphones and capture high-fideltiy audio. They are simple and intuitive to use.
Another outstanding product from Blue, featuring audio-resolution rates up to 24bit/192kHz and the flexibility of both USB and XLR outputs, the Yeti Pro Microphone is versatile and delivers great, natural sound.
In this video, we take a look at an electronic drum kit from Roland. With mesh pads, a cloth-covered kick drum, naturally swinging V-Cymbals, and 25 built-in kit models to choose from, the Roland TD-4KX2 is an excellent kit for performing and practicing.
The Venom combines classic analog sounds with digital processing to deliver a versatile synth with a distinctive, biting character. Additional features include performance controls, software editing, FX processing and a powerful arpeggiator.
This B&H kit combines the elements you'll need to bring quality vocal recordings to your music in one convenient, money-saving package. Based around the Shure KSM32/SL microphone, the kit also includes the PreSonus Studio Channel, the sE Electronics Reflexion Filter Pro, pop filter, headphones and mic cable.
If you're a musician who wants to film your practice sessions or a fan in the crowd recording your favorite band, here's a common problem that can often occur: the video you shoot will end up looking OK, but the audio sounds weak and thin. For a medium in which audio is the key component and portability is important, there are relatively few options.
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