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When people record live concerts and studio productions, multi-track recording is ideal. It grants you the power to fix and mix the performances in ways that would not be possible if only a stereo mix was recorded. However, multi-track creates a large amount of data in a hurry. Your recorder’s drive needs to be able to handle the burden imposed by writing and reading a multitude of large,...
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If you make music, you know that you can’t control when your creativity flashes into existence. Thankfully, the ability to follow the meandering muse is becoming easier and easier via increasingly powerful smartphones, tablets, and user-friendly production apps. With the portable power they give, you can be on a plane or in a train making music and stacking tracks instead of just sitting there...
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Go ahead, admit it. You need a boompole, but you aren’t excited about it. If you work in ENG, EFP, television, or film production, life without a boompole is cursed. So, should you start small or go big? There’s no pleasure in purchasing a bigger boompole after retiring the one you outgrew too quickly. On the flip side, you don’t want the embarrassment and hassle of showing up to the gig with a...
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I’m often asked by friends and colleagues, “Which DAW do you use?” or “What’s the best DAW?” What may be right for me might be completely wrong for you. With so many Digital Audio Workstations (DAW) choices, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. All DAWs share a main purpose, which is to record, edit, and mix audio (and MIDI), but each platform offers some unique features, bells and whistles, if you will...
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The idea of having a variety of microphone preamps at your fingertips is, relatively speaking, a more modern advent in recording. The “golden era” of making records saw engineers using the preamps found in the console in the studio, and didn’t give much thought to mixing a Neve sound on the overheads while using APIs on the snare and toms. As more and more engineers (pro and hobbyist alike)...
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An equalizer or EQ is a device that adjusts the loudness of specific frequencies, and is available in a variety of types including shelf, graphic, parametric, and semi-parametric, which allow for surgical precision to wide-band adjustments. With such a wide range of classic designs to more esoteric offerings, the sheer number of EQs available can be a bit overwhelming. This article will help you...
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For our final installment in the 500 Series guide, we’ll be looking at the available offerings of effects in the 500-Series format. I’m also including more utility modules that aren’t necessarily an “effect,” but don’t fall under the Preamp, EQ, or Compressor categories and are quite useful nonetheless. Specialty Modules If you are after the sounds of the 1970s, you can’t beat the...
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Like other offerings available in the 500 Series format, there is a wealth of compressors to select in this increasingly popular form factor. Ranging from unique and original designs to emulations and clones of some of the most classic compressors heard on countless albums and songs, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the choice. This piece will highlight some standouts. Chandler’s...
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If you want to learn about 500 Series, you need to start with API. API first started producing recording equipment in the late 1960s and has been on the cutting edge of recording technology throughout the ’70s and ’80s. The company’s large-frame consoles have gone on to become highly sought after and are comparable in quality to SSL and Neve, while providing a unique and sought-after sound all...
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Perhaps you started with a small, self-contained PA and need better quality with greater output. Or perhaps your audience has grown and you are looking to add to your setup, or you need better coverage and more control. Maybe you started with an inexpensive analog mixer and are looking to make the jump to a digital board. If you have made an initial investment into a sound system and are looking...
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Working in live sound is an exciting and rewarding business. It’s very fast paced and you must problem-solve on the fly. Having the tools to handle anything is essential for a smooth and professional event. Here are some useful tools I have found to be indispensable, as an audio engineer and system designer. Hearing Protection The art and science of audio engineering relies solely on your hearing...
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If you’ve been tasked with documenting a friend or relative’s intimate wedding, due to the simple fact that you own a decent camera, chances are you haven’t given much thought to best practices for capturing the audio. While many of today’s DSLR and mirrorless cameras can capture top-notch video, most of them lack a high-quality built-in microphone; and beware—no matter how great a video is to...
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With each year, the variety and quality of wired and wireless headphones improves for a wide range of consumer and professional applications. Apple’s removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack in the iPhone 7, as well as the recent release of the company’s Airpods, would seem to...
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Most of the content on Explora is “evergreen”—that is, applicable to any time of the year. But this article is “evergreen” in a different way: the situation we’re describing often revolves around an evergreen tree, decked out and mounted in someone’s living room. It also can involve any number of symbols, ecumenical or otherwise. Whatever your iconography, that time of year is upon us again, so...
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It’s that time of year again! The holidays are upon us, and you have yet to get yourself something special to celebrate surviving the past 12 months—or maybe you still need to purchase gifts for those important, tech-savvy people in your life. Whatever the case may be, before you make a hasty decision to buy anything—just so you can say you bought something—here are some suggestions for gear you...

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