Question: How do you put Alicia Keys' ultra rare Yamaha C3 Neo grand piano into a bottle and sell it? Answer: Meticulously sample the instrument in Alicia's personal studio, have Alicia play the piano when you're sampling it, and put all of the samples in a software instrument called Alicia's Keys. Bingo! This is exactly what Danish engineer Thomas Skarbye, Native Instruments, and Alicia Keys just did.
A new firmware download has been announced by Sound Devices for their popular 788T portable audio recorder. The 2.01 update adds a couple of new features, changes a few functions, and fixes numerous bugs. The firmware download is free...
When the average person takes a look at a grid controller, they're likely to think it's a miniature disco dance floor where your fingers can strut like a young John Travolta. Interestingly, this interpretation isn't too far off. Mass produced grid controllers have only been available for a short time and have proved to be a hit, at least for the small niche of people who already had a need for one. If you have no idea what you're supposed to do with a grid controller, that's okay--you're not alone.
In January of 2009, I made the token New Year's resolution to start exercising regularly. I kicked things off in late May. Instead of signing up for a gym membership, I bought a high-tech pair of sneakers and forced myself to run. It can be very difficult to motivate yourself to work out, but with a properly designed set of sports headphones, exercising opens up a unique and immersive musical experience.
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.
Do you have 20/20 vision? If you do, consider yourself lucky. Nothing is stranger than sitting with an optometrist and seeing things more clearly when you thought your vision was fine before you walked in. Your ears are similar. You never know what you’re missing until they have been introduced to a brand new sound perspective.
Is it Grimace? Is it the Grim Reaper? Nope. It's a prepared location audio professional who is protecting their investment and getting the job done. This morning on my 10 minute walk from the train to the office, I witnessed a weather anomaly that I'd never experienced before. This is my 18th year as a resident of the Northeastern United States, and I don't know the official stats, but this winter sure seems like one of the worst.
Recently, I wrote a review about the Beats Studio and Beats Tour around-ear and in-ear headphones from Monster and Dr. Dre. Well, the Renaissance doc has teamed up with the sound monsters again to bring you an on-ear headphone called the Beats Solo (left). There's also a new artist in town, whose in-ear headphones might just make your HeartBeats go Gaga. Let's plug in and see how
Your initiation to the world of DJ mixing may be a click of the DJ Mouse away. The included Deckadance LE software puts almost every professional DJ tool within reach. I had just sprained my ankle before opening the box, yet I was able to create elaborate remixes even with one leg elevated! I'm not sure they would've "moved me" as easily if I were struggling to stand behind a more elaborate DJ rig.
Choosing DJ equipment can make your head spin. One minute you hear the industry standard Technics 1200 turntable is history, and the next that vinyl is soaring. Just deciding what kind of media to use can be confusing. Records get replaced by CDs, which are superseded by laptops, which are outmoded by memory sticks, which get replaced by vinyl! DJs play music from their phones. The world has officially gone nuts.
With tons of microphones available, how do you choose the right one? Some are all-purpose; others are meant for vocals and musical instruments; still others are designed for specific applications such as picking up the tones of a harmonica. We'll be focusing here on broadcasting microphones and what makes them ideal for capturing speech. Broadcast mics are widely used in radio studios. They're ideal for voiceovers and announcing.
The biggest and craziest trade show of the year in pro audio just took place in Anaheim California. NAMM is the place where new products get announced, buzz gets generated, and audio nerds like myself get to map out how we're going to squander our hard earned dollars over the course of the next 12 months. Even though the announcements of the 2010 NAMM haven't been the most drool-inducing of all time, there were still plenty of things to be excited about this year. Here are the highlights:
One of the best reasons to visit the B&H SuperStore in New York City is to physically examine the latest equipment for photography, video, personal and home entertainment, and pro audio. Getting to hold the latest DSLR camera in your hands and take a few test shots is the best way to determine if it's the right one for you. But where do singers, producers, and voice over artists go when they need to test out studio microphones and preamplifiers?
There are few musical instruments that you can start playing immediately, without making lots of dreadful sounding noises. The first time someone tries to play guitar, you're bound to hear fruitless twangs and sloppy attempts at strumming. The first time someone blows into a horn, they're lucky if they can make any sound at all. Yet, the first time you try to play the Beamz, chances are you'll launch into a blazing guitar solo (which sure beats sounding like a dying cat).
We've all experienced audio that's out of sync. When audio doesn't match up with video, it feels like we're watching a poorly dubbed movie. When your studio hardware isn't synced to a good clock, it creates an odd echoey scenario that can be so subtle you may not realize your overall sound is being degraded. So what can be done in order to keep audio in perfect sync? In a word, a word clock. A word clock is a nifty bit of technology that has the sole purpose of keeping perfect time and preventing data errors with digital audio.
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