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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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I have been in love with drum machines ever since I got my BOSS DR-770 Dr. Rhythm, almost 20 years ago.  Though it started as just a simple time keeper for my guitar-driven 4-track cassette song demos, the drum machine eventually became one of my main tools of musical expression. I was never a great drummer, but making beats on the DR-770 made me a better drummer, because it gave me a new...
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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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Aside from tracking drums, playing or recording electric guitars has always been a game of compromises for the apartment musician and recording engineer. You need to juggle playing and recording in rooms that just don’t sound right, and ultimately you can never really crank your amp to reach that “sweet” spot without drawing the ire of your neighbors. So, what do we apartment-dwelling guitarists...
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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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In the summer of 2015, I was given the opportunity to teach a bunch of kids how to write, perform, and ultimately produce their own songs. Some of the kids had never sung into a microphone. Others were pros on the writing side, but had no idea how to produce. There we all stood, together in a summer camp, all reaching toward one goal: A mixed, mastered album of their material by the end of the...
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As we continue our very own B&H-flavored version of Oprah’s Favorite Things just in time for Valentine’s Day, one thing that comes screaming to mind is headphones. Everyone uses them, and they elicit passion, from casual listeners all the way to audiophiles. I fully admit I am something of a low-end Lothario, or dynamic-driver Don Juan, (depending on how you want to alliterate) when talking...
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If you’re an audio person who likes the adrenaline rush of on-location recording, you’ve got options for work. On the music side, there are on-sight jazz records, classical concerts, and rock venues. But you also might want to take on-location gigs for other media—movies, TV web series, and our chosen topic of today, ENG. But wait—what is ENG? ENG stands for Electronic News Gathering. You know...

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In this B&H YouTube video, join Sonic Scoop’s Justin Colletti on location at Shure headquarters, in Niles, Illinois, for a one-on-one chat with company historian Michael Petterson. From the company’s creation as a microphone distributor in the 1920s to its move into manufacturing, as a supplier of microphones and earphones during World War II, to its latest technological innovations in...
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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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The 2017 NAMM Show saw the release of exciting new pieces of pro audio gear. In this video, you’ll see our five favorite picks for the performing artist, including Ibanez’s new guitars, ROLI’s BLOCKS/accompanying...

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In the following video, Rob Rives introduces us to five new brands that will be included in the B&H lineup, including Fishman Technologies, Gefell Microphones, Dark Glass Electronics, Guild Guitars, and Hughes & Kettner Amplifiers. Guitarists will appreciate the acoustic and electric pickups from Fishman, as well as new instruments from Guild Guitars and amplifiers from Hughes and Kettner...

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Filmed live at the 2017 NAMM Show, Rob Rives checks out the Shure GLX-D Advanced Digital Wireless System, and how it can be a useful addition to any live sound or A/V rental company’s inventory. This video explores the feature set, including the excellent audio quality, built-in...
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Many people were sad to see the Machinedrum line discontinued, but Elektron promised an updated replacement with a new and improved feature set. The 2017 NAMM show has seen the delivery of that promise: The Digitakt is a compact, rugged drum machine with a premium digital sound engine, flexible sampling capabilities, and a performance-friendly sequencer that not only controls the eight onboard...

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Recorded Live from the 2017 NAMM show, Rob Rives speaks with Dave Smith, from DSI, about the REV2 analog synthesizer, which is a reimagined Prophet 08, available in 8-voice and 16-voice configurations. The video explains how the REV2 is compatible with any patches from the original Prophet 08 and covers all the updates including sequence and modulation capabilities, as well as updated effects. We...

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