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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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As mixing engineers, one of our biggest challenges is communicating width and depth in a stereo track. It’s tricky for loads of reasons. For one, what we’re doing is essentially a fiction: When you listen to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on an iPod, you are not at the Philharmonic—yet it’s often the engineer’s job to create the sound of the orchestra, from left to right, front to back, and in the...
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Yes, we here at B&H are giving some Explora love to ENG: Electronic News Gathering. The technical aspects of this topic have been covered passing well in Basic Tips and Tricks for Electronic News Gathering (ENG), so this piece pulls back and looks at a non-technical...
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Say you’re covering news or conducting interviews in the field for your V-blog, YouTube channel, Facebook Live, or a documentary. The locations vary widely—indoor/outdoor, press conferences and on-the-fly interviews, and perhaps even political conventions—and all represent widely varying sound-recording environments. As a news gatherer, you know that your audio quality can make or break your...
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After sighing a deep sigh and promising myself I would not work in any puns about Apple incorporating the Touch Bar into their flagship DAW being “Logical,” I opened the Late 2016 MacBook Pro and downloaded Apple’s Logic Pro (version 10.3 is required). The two main DAWs I use are Pro Tools and Logic (where I prefer to do my programming and MIDI work), so having a familiarity with the software...
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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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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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