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When I first started mixing, I had an interface and a pair of monitors, but something didn’t sound right. The audio wasn’t as loud, full, and rounded as I knew it could be. I did some research, and it seemed my connections were mismatched: My interface sported unbalanced outputs, while the monitors boasted balanced inputs. Herein lay the problem, right? Right—but also wrong. As it was explained...
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There are many adages that pertain to the life of a sound engineer. Murphy’s law states, “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong;” “Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst;” “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” These sayings are sage advice for the sound engineer, as all things will eventually break. Plan for when they do, and try to mitigate the severity of circumstances...

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In this video, Justin Colletti continues the discussion on recording guitar without the amplifier, this time eschewing software and focusing on the actual recording methods themselves. The process of “reamping”—as well as obtaining the classic, DI’ed tones used by the Beatles and Led Zeppelin to great effect—are a both covered. The...

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Watch as Sonic Scoop’s Justin Colletti sits down with Born Cage’s Vlad Holiday to talk DI guitar recording. In this video, Colletti and Holiday sit down and dive into three different pieces of amplifier-simulation software: Guitar Rig 5 (offered in Komplete 11),...
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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...
4 months ago
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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...
6 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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