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.
It’s not about luxury when you order the reissue of a Led Zepplin record in 180g vinyl. It’s about not sacrificing anything to hear every nuance that was recorded in the best fidelity possible. There are listeners who can’t discern that those little white plastic ear buds you jam into your ears give you only a portion of the recording you’re listening to—while destroying your hearing.
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.
While vinyl has been making a comeback in the past few years, there is no denying that the future of mainstream music is digital (analog lovers, feel free to groan here). Pioneer has released a couple of excellent, DJ friendly CDJ digital multiplayers that allow you to manipulate digital music in much the same way you would work with analog music.
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.
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.
When you're recording music or voice-overs for video production, you want to capture as neutral a signal as possible. It's distracting to hear the echo of a room in a recording. An effective way to neutralize the sound is with a reflection filter, and for the month of August you can get a really useful Vicoustic Flexi Screen for $1 when you buy a select R0DE condenser microphone!
The acronym "PA" stands for Public Address, and a portable PA system allows you to do just that—speak publicly to a large group of people. A portable PA is a compact audio solution for amplifying your voice and music. Before you buy a portable PA system, there are a few questions you should ask yourself first...
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.
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.
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.
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.
When the Zoom Q3 was announced last year, it was the world's first high-resolution portable digital recorder with high quality, built-in stereo microphones and an integrated video camera. A software update was recently announced that adds a camera-setting option that makes it easier to capture a good-looking picture in bright environments. Check out this post for more information about the Q3, and a link to the new update.
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.
A couple of weeks ago, B&H received one of the first iRigs in existence, to test out in a hands-on review (in case you missed that article, you can check it out by clicking here). Now it's your turn to dig into the iRig because they just arrived, in stock, at B&H! Read this post for more details and to watch a video about this cool new product.
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