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Musikmesse 2017—an international fair for musical instruments, audio gear, music production tools, and more—has launched. This year, the Frankfurt, Germany-based forum plays host to many notable pro-audio brands: companies such as Audio Technica, Antelope, Softube, Soundcraft, and others are all showing off their wares (API is even bringing its new AXS large-format console over for its European...
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Audio-Technica may be known to the masses as a stalwart manufacturer of quality headphones, but recording engineers and musicians also know the company to be responsible for world-class microphones, heard on everything from podcasts to countless records. Taking Musikmesse as an opportunity to show off new gear, Audio-Technica has announced its new flagship condenser microphone, the AT5047. Based...
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Sound Devices, a venerated brand in the location recording industry, is unveiling two USB Audio Recorders/Interfaces at NAB 2017. First is the MixPre3, a five-track audio recorder with three XLR inputs, as well as auxiliary 3.5mm inputs for camera returns and more. The unit provides 48V phantom and plug-in-power support, as well as low cut filters, limiters at the input and output stages, input-...
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Focal has announced that it will be discontinuing its CMS line of mid-level near field monitors and replacing them with the new and updated Shape Series monitors. The Shape 40, Shape 50, and...
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iZotope has been at the forefront of mastering and audio restoration technology for more than a decade. RX6 is its flagship audio restoration software, highly regarded by music and audio post-production professionals for it ease of use and “magic” results. There are three tiers currently being offered:...
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At Musikmesse 2017, Antelope has announced its new flagship interface—and we here at B&H are pleased to tell you all about it. Called the Goliath HD, the unit sports 64 channels of Antelope-grade I/O, as well as connectivity via Thunderbolt™, USB 3.0, and MADI. There’s even HDX connectivity, making the Goliath suitable for use with top-notch Pro Tools rigs. 16 Accusonic mic preamps have been...
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Sennheiser and GoPro have been collaborating in the audio area since the GoPro developer’s conference in San Francisco, last April, 2016. In January, 2017, the Sennheiser MKE2 Elements microphone was approved by GoPro and received the “Works with GoPro” endorsement. The long-awaited for MKE2...
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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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Following its success with the reputed K Series, QSC raises the bar again by announcing the new K.2 Series, the company’s anticipated next generation of powered loudspeakers. Also, introduced this spring is the new KS212C, a single-box powered cardioid subwoofer. The K.2 Series features the 8" K8.2, the 10...
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Arturia announced at Musikmesse 2017 that it is expanding on its KeyLab concept of hybrid controllers to include a new range of controller keyboards called KeyLab Essentials. These feature-packed keyboards provide the hybrid experience and deep virtual instrument integration found in the company’s popular line of KeyLab Hybrid controllers, but at a wallet-friendly price. Two versions are...
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The B&H SuperStore is not well-known as a retailer of musical stringed instruments. It’s true that our audio department has offered synthesizers, keyboards, controllers, and digital pianos for a long time, but we’re probably not the first place you think of when you’re thinking about guitars, basses, and their care and maintenance. B&H does carry a growing line of stringed instruments, as...
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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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In the following video, Rob Rives demonstrates the Presonus FaderPort 8, and how it can be a useful addition to any producer/engineer’s inventory. This video explores the functions, controls, and features of the FaderPort 8, including setting up the controller with different DAWs including ProTools,...
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The sound engineer. Ah, yes. As a performing musician, I’ve encountered my fair share of them, so I understand the stereotype. They can seem disinterested, a bit preoccupied, perhaps brusque. And sure, there are bad apples out there. I'll never forget playing Kenny’s Castaways (a classic, now-defunct New York City venue), the engineer loping onto the stage mid-song to swap out my microphone while...

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