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There’s a saying in audio that goes something like, “You should never mix in cans.” There is some truth to this adage but, with the right gear and realistic expectations, you’ll find that there is quite a bit that can be done in headphones, allowing you to be productive even when you don’t have the luxury of working on loudspeakers. In my experience mixing in headphones, I've found that my...
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Roland has introduced two new DJ controllers, the DJ-202 and the DJ-505, to expand the line started by the DJ-808 model. Like the flagship DJ-808, the DJ-202 and DJ-505 are designed for tight integration...
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It’s a cliché to even say it, but everybody has a podcast. I myself have, like, I don’t know—six? I kid. It’s more like two. With a glut of podcasts hitting the media landscape, how do you make sure yours stands out? Marketing, of course—one hopes for the viral kind. But still, it helps immeasurably if your podcast is a pleasing listen, transporting audiences from their dull lives commuting to...
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Shure is a company famous for its microphones, on the stage and in the studio. However, it also produces a wide assortment of mics that excel in conferences, meetings, conventions, and lecture-based scenarios. B&H is proud to carry a plethora of these products, including wireless boundary microphones and gooseneck microphones that can be paired with wireless transmitters that operate in...
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If you don’t enjoy lugging around bushels of gear for live shows, recording sessions, practice sessions, and podcasts, the Zoom LiveTrack L-12 digital mixer will raise an interested eyebrow or two. Designed to be flexible, simple, and space-saving, the L-12 offers 16 built-in effects, nine...
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Let’s begin with what you won’t see in this article: You won’t find the customary list of mics, their governing attributes, or a list of instruments they flatter; mics age differently, making that kind of list largely moot. Also, it wouldn’t necessarily help if you didn’t have those microphones, many of which are quite expensive. Likewise, you won’t see a right-brained crystallization of concepts...
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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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We are quite excited to offer the new RØDE Videomic Pro Plus compact condenser shotgun microphone at B&H. Aimed straight for the mic-on-camera user, the Videomic Pro Plus brings a bowlful of additions and improvements that are likely to bring relief and a maybe even a whispered, “...
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For well over twenty years, people working with audio have seen dither on hardware, digital audio workstations, and plug-ins, yet many fear to tread near it. Some have filed it away as unexplainable and irrelevant. Others proclaim startling “truths” about its miraculous powers. The good news, or perhaps bad, is that dither will not transform your musical mud into gold, nor will it topple your...
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Hi, my name is Nick, and I have a problem. To fix the problem, I need to take certain steps, the first of which is to admit that I am powerless—specifically, I am powerless over my sensitivity to sibilance. I’m an avid listener to radio, records, singles, and podcasts, so it can be a burden: If those esses haven’t been tamed, I wince with every offending syllable. And when I listen to an old...
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It’s 2017 Summer NAMM, and the living is easy—real easy, with these new audio goodies. At the festival this year, we’re seeing new stompboxes, new plug-ins, new microphones, and more. We here at B&H are pleased to relate some of the goings-on’s good news. Eventide UltraTap Plug-In Part of the H9 series—and emulating the well-regarded H9 Harmonizer pedal—the UltraTap plug-in provides rhythmic...
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For all the acoustic guitarists who desire a DI box that makes your guitar sound like your guitar and more, Zoom has made the AC-3 Acoustic Creator. Very few people are pleased and inspired by the sound of a DI’ed acoustic; Zoom aims to change that. The AC-3 offers a host of features designed to...
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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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Like the Star Trek villain whose name is strikingly similar, the KANN Portable Music Player, from the folks at Astell&Kern, is engineered from the ground up to be better—an improvement on what we've come to expect (in this less nefarious case) from a digital music player. As we've replaced our MP3/digital audio...
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Three new Elektron models, the Analog Rytm MKII analog/digital beat machine, Analog Four MKII analog tabletop synthesizer, and Octatrack MKII advanced sampler build upon the creative success of the original units by adding highly desired features that jibe with classic and modern production techniques. Ideal for masters of the beats, The...

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