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by Aaron Belinfanti
4 hours ago
It is widely accepted in the world of pro audio that when it comes to mixing songs, making the lead vocal shine above everything else is paramount. Certainly, the other instruments in a song are important, and a solid musical arrangement is indeed desirable and appreciated; however, the singer often bears the responsibility of conveying the overall emotion and meaning behind a song. Think about...
6 hours ago
When people hear the words “MIDI guitar,” usually the first thing they think of is some guy on YouTube ripping a jazz solo with his 6-string, made to sound like a cheesy saxophone or flute. The truth is that there’s a lot more you can do with guitar and MIDI, especially when you start incorporating MIDI sequencing, virtual instruments, and keyboard synthesizers into the equation. We’ll discuss...
2 days ago
Guitarists and bassists are always chasing for the “Holy Grail” of tone—the often undefinable sound (you'll know it when you hear it) that represents their personal playing style. Purists will rightfully tell you that your tone is in your fingers, but stompboxes have long played an integral part to the sound of the most lauded guitarists in history. Whether it's Steve Ray Vaughn's masterful use...
5 days ago
When your son told you that he wanted to make “Progressive House,” you thought he was saying he wanted to become a homebuilder and a registered Democrat. Sound familiar?  Keep reading. Music has changed a lot in the last decade, and so has the gear used to make it. When occasions come around, parents of millennial musicians are more susceptible to feeling the generation gap than ever. If you're...
6 days ago
There is no accessory more fundamental than a good pair of headphones. They link our ears, privately, to music, media, and entertainment. These days, there is so much content to enjoy that the number of options can be overwhelming. The same is true with the sheer number of headphones on the market....
1 week ago
For the guitarists and bassists who employ pedalboards, there is an air of sacredness to the way they set them up. While the core of any excellent tone comes from a player’s fingers, instrument, and amp, an array (or just a choice few) of effects can unlock creativity and, in many cases, help establish a unique tone or playing style. As many musicians will tell you, setting up a pedalboard can...
1 week ago
Astell&Kern has finally announced the long awaited support for the Tidal High-Fidelity Streaming Service. Tidal offers more than 42 million standard-definition (CD quality) and high-definition music files, as well as 140,000 high-quality videos. The experimental platform was built for fans, directly...
1 week ago
Presumably, as long as there has been recorded music, there have been people trying to perfect the art of listening to it. I’d like to imagine these folks in the 1890s, some sort of proto-audiophile, insisting a certain cranking method or wax sourcing makes for a better Edison Cylinder listening experience. Realistically speaking, however, modern-day audiophiles find their roots in the late ’60s...
1 week ago
Here at B&H, we’d like you to celebrate the pro-audio people in your lives, so we’ve compiled a list of stocking stuffers for the studio supplicant in your circle, whether that person be a musician, an engineer, or, as is usually the case these days, some horridly undercompensated combination of the two. Pro audio gear can be quite expensive; it’s not uncommon for engineers to spend hundreds—...
2 weeks ago
We’ve all heard that VR will be the future of visual of entertainment—but what good is that without commensurate audio? Enter the Sennheiser AMBEO VR, a multi-...
3 weeks ago
All year long, and especially around holidays, many of us have to travel—to our family homes, across cities, over oceans, enduring whatever the TSA throws at us each time, cramming ourselves into airborne Petri dishes while a pilot with the voice of Chuck Yeager slingshots us across the continents. If that doesn’t sound fun, don’t worry: we at B&H have solutions to make the trip less painful—...
3 weeks ago
Any time we head into a holiday season, you may be searching for gifts for that special someone. If they are a DJ professional or enthusiast, consider the wide selection of gear at B&H, for any application and budget. Perhaps you are looking for an all-in-one controller that comes with software, or you’re more the “old-school” type who is looking for two turntables and a mixer. There are also...
3 weeks ago
Has this ever happened to you? You’re mixing a rock record, one that needs to sound as huge as possible, but you run into a huge roadblock: there’s only one guitar track to work with—for the whole song. This has happened to me. Quite often, actually. See, in my mixing practice, I tend to work with acts who’ve recorded rather quickly and cheaply. They expect me, in post, to turn their one-take...

3 weeks ago
In this video, Sonic Scoop’s Justin Colletti gives you several tips for greatly improving vocals in a mix, including how to use commercial references to gauge how loud to make a vocal track, when to use automation, what kinds of time-based effects to employ, and which frequency bands to concentrate on while applying EQ. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of...
by Aaron Belinfanti
3 weeks ago
If you’re an aspiring musician, music engineer, or music producer, there’s a good chance that you suffer from some form of gear addiction. There’s really no way around it, nor is there a good way to explain this to your non-musically inclined friends and family. The temptation to make that next gear purchase looms over you like a giant Grammy-shaped cloud—kind of like the uncontrollable urge you...

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