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With so many types of synthesis technologies available, it’s hard to know which way to turn for a specific sound. Wavetables synthesis was designed to produce natural tone-like sounds and was one the first commercially available instruments to harness the power of digital sampling. In this article, we’ll explore the ins and outs of wavetable synthesis and discover why, after all these years,...
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With its RX line of plug-ins, iZotope has crafted a suite of modules that can clean up nearly any audio hiccup you might have. Indeed, countless pros in television, film, Web, radio, and podcasting often turn to iZotope RX to remove extraneous noise, to eliminate clicks and pops, to fix bursts of distortion, and more. With RX Elements, iZotope has taken essential processes from this post-...
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Ever had this problem? You record a demo in your DAW, plugging your acoustic guitar straight into your interface—no mic, just a DI. Then, when it comes to the actual mix, you think: can’t I somehow just use that acoustic DI track, so I don’t have to mic up my acoustic? As probably the laziest person at the B&H office, I can assure you it’s happened to me. Though sometimes the problem is not...
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Some microphones look the same, some look wildly different. Reading each manufacturer’s product description leaves you with the impression that every mic is the best for everything. Microphones in the sub-$100 range are often described the same way as mics in the territory of several thousand dollars. So, how do you determine what sets them apart? You can get your first clue in those ultra-boring...
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So, you want to get into mastering, and you’ve found yourself here. Welcome. Soon we will cover topics like compression and limiting—mayhaps, monitoring and room treatment to boot—but first, we’re going to give you a few insights into a process with tons of tonal impact on the final master. I speak, of course, of equalization. The General Approach It is often said that EQ adjustments in the realm...
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You could spend the better part of your days comparing speakers in search of the “best.” Even within a single manufacturer’s product line, there are subtle and obvious variations between speakers. Some of those variances are visible while others are guarded in the secret scrolls of specifications. With prices ranging from hundreds to many thousands of dollars, all those differences must matter,...
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Over the years, certain manufacturers have started to use the terms polarity and phase interchangeably. Although there are some similarities, there is a difference between them, and understanding that difference can help you make the most of any session, whether in a live sound situation, or in the studio recording, mixing, or mastering. Polarity Any electrical signal has polarity, and it is a...
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Are you looking to beef up your understanding of FM synthesis? Are you at a complete loss when sitting down to program an FM synthesizer? In this article, we’ll dive into the power of FM synthesis and demystify the complexity of this breakthrough technology. History The earliest record of Frequency Modulation synthesis can be traced back to the mid-1960s, when Don Buchla implemented the...
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The frequencies they are a-changing. If you followed the unfolding drama of the FCC Incentive Auction, in 2016 and 2017, this comes as no surprise to you. If "FCC Auction" doesn't hold special meaning to you yet, you need to prepare for some important news. Anyone currently using wireless systems that operate in the 600 MHz band should pay close attention to avoid breaking laws and proper...
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It seems that every day in most cities around the nation, there are concerts, theatrical productions, and songs performed at houses of worship. People often want to relive the experience and make it available to others who couldn’t be present for the original event. Multitrack recording unlocks the greatest potential for high-quality capture and reproduction of the audio from the live event. In...
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Part 1 of Little Things That Make the Song Big laid out some important considerations about song structure, section lengths, choice of instrumentation, and how they change the impact of songs. In Part 2, the focus will be on instrument- and pitch-specific alterations, tempo,...
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Every songwriter, producer, musician, and composer wants their music to be effective, though the intended effect of a composition will naturally vary from song to song, genre to genre, and creator to creator. Some songwriters seek to communicate the complex emotion of an intense life experience, while others just want to get people moving and shaking on the dance floor. One musician may quest to...
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No one writes music like you do. No one pens lyrics like you do. No one makes mixes like you do. Those “truths” are self-evident to many, dominating their creative decision-making processes. Perhaps you’re one of those individuals, confident and convinced that your way is THE way. Maybe you’ve established your sound, methods, and routines and see no benefit in changing them. Well, sit down,...

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In the following video, Rob Rives builds upon the basics covered in the first “How to DJ” video by demonstrating how to cue tracks, tempo, and beat match. This video explores the functions, controls and modes of the CDJ player and turntable, while explaining the process of blending...
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Although I must admit to a fondness for MOS sequences, when shooting dialog, I prefer to get clean sound on set. But this isn’t always easy, and sometimes it’s not possible at all. Fixing audio problems in post is never satisfying, and I start to dream of just doing all the dialog in post. In many ways, this makes sense, as on-set time is incredibly expensive, and never having to do an additional...
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