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The B&H SuperStore is not well-known as a retailer of musical stringed instruments. It’s true that our audio department has offered synthesizers, keyboards, controllers, and digital pianos for a long time, but we’re probably not the first place you think of when you’re thinking about guitars, basses, and their care and maintenance. B&H does carry a growing line of stringed instruments, as...
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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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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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Join Sonic Scoop’s Justin Colletti as he tests some tube condenser microphones that won’t break the bank. Here he’ll check out the RØDE NTK, the Se z5600a II, the...
4 months ago
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We here at B&H realize that all religious services, as varied as they are, share one fundamental property: sound. A message needs to be heard. Luckily, we carry pallets of items to suit every need, both ecumenical and religious. You might even say you’re blessed in this regard—so blessed that the cornucopia before you can seem daunting. That’s where this article comes in. We’re here to help...
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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...
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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...
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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...

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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...

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Hear the difference as Sonic Scoop’s Justin Colletti takes to Braund studios to contrast and compare many different microphones. The common through line? All these mics are modelled on one of two classic capsules: The Neumann U47 and the AKG C 12. In this video, you’ll hear the results as...
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Perhaps more than in any other creative field, the line between professional and prosumer is the blurriest in pro audio. Just within the last 15 years, the quality of gear that has become financially obtainable by hobbyists and enthusiasts has increased exponentially, from interfaces to...

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Time is of the essence in Part 3 of this series—time-based effects, that is! Watch as Sonic Scoop’s Justin Colletti manipulates reverb and delay on a vocal track to craft a sense of ambiance, folding in classic slapback echoes and creating unique reverberations out of repeating delays. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other...

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