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Fake It till You Make It: No Room Mic, No Cry

Anyone who’s ever miked or mixed a drum set knows that a putting up a room mic—and getting a good room-mic sound—is unbelievably useful for shaping the tonal picture of acoustic drums.

There’s a problem though, one that rears its head in these days of declining budgets, where people often flock to home studios—or their own living rooms—to record drums: it’s not always possible to put up a room mic. Maybe your interface doesn’t have the real estate. Maybe a sloppy engineer patched the wrong input, and you got a duplicate of the tom track instead of the room mic.

7 Audio Tips from the B&H Podcast Team

Over the past few years, podcasting has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity. With renewed enthusiasm in the commercial and “do-it-yourself” segments of the medium, the art of the podcast is quickly evolving. As the content has gotten better and better, the standards for sound quality, sound design, and music have also taken a quantum leap. In my time co-producing and engineering the B&H Photography Podcast, I’ve picked up some useful knowledge that’s helped me create better-sounding podcasts. In the paragraphs below, we’re going to explore some tips and techniques.

Podcasters' Buying Guide

It has been quite an exciting year for the B&H Photography Podcast, as well as for podcasting as a medium, in general. Hugely popular shows such as Serial, Radiolab, and Reply All have taken podcasts to new heights in terms of amazing content, and have also substantially raised the bar for audio production.

iZotope Announces VocalSynth

iZotope RX Plug-In Pack: Four Essential Tools for Audio Repair

Gear for the Working Ear: Five Tools Every Engineer Needs

Who knows how it happened? Maybe the band chose you to record their DIY releases. Maybe you’ve been sketching demos out your whole life. Maybe you inherited a panoply of gear from your quirky uncle Alfred. Whatever the case, you’ve already got the bases covered (the interface, the computer, the MIDI-controller, etc.), but now you’ve got a real problem: you’ve been bitten by the bug—the engineering bug. You want to improve your skill set and your efficiency. You need to procure a tight ecosystem of gear that’ll get you from point A to point B as expeditiously as possible.

NAB 2015: iZotope RX Loudness Control

Known for its innovative effects, audio-correction software, and mastering/mixing tools, iZotope has used NAB 2015 to unveil its next step, farther into the world of post-production and broadcast. RX Loudness Control looks to combine global loudness standards with the ease of use for which iZotope has become known.

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iZotope Upgrades Nectar 2 Production Suite

Remember the days of manually patching in three or four pieces of outboard equipment to create the ultimate vocal chain? Or are you new to recording, and is the whole idea of an effects chain baffling to you? When mainstream recording went digital, so did the mindset: you simply opened up multiple plug-ins for different processors to achieve the sound.

Hands-On Review: iZotope RX 3 Audio Restoration Software

If you're a beginner or a professional engineer, you've most likely had  this painful experience at one point or another: sitting there, tweaking EQs and filters, trying to salvage a busted clip of audio to make it usable for a project. What has brought you the misery this time?

Holiday 2012: Tools for Creating Dubstep

Dubstep is a fairly new style of electronic music that’s dominated by sparse, reverberated beats and overpowering synthesized bass lines. In most forms of music, bass is pushed toward the back of the mix, but in Dubstep, it’s the unchallenged star of the show.

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