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4 years ago
Wedding filmmaker Matthew Van Ness believes that "it's all about the visuals after a wedding is over." Through his 13 years of experience, Van Ness has learned how to film a wedding in a way that allows the couple to enjoy their once-in-a-lifetime memories for years to come. He will share his wedding cinematography do's and don't's, as well as show a few example of wedding films from his company…
4 years ago
Using technology the “wrong” way is at the heart of modern music. Artists have proven time and time again that when it comes to creativity in music, there are no rules. For example, the Roland TB-303 Bassline Synthesizer was originally marketed to solo guitar players as a way to simulate playing…
4 years ago
Front of House or “FOH” is where the magic of the mix happens for live stage applications. In venues around the world, from the most intimate club to the largest arena, mixing engineers at FOH are relied upon to deliver a powerful, impactful, and exciting audio experience for the audience. Of course, a mixing engineer needs a suitable mixing console to do that. Whether it’s for a lighting tech…
4 years ago
Making videos for YouTube, Facebook Live, and other online video platforms? Of course you are; creating content is what you do! But “content” encompasses many things, with scenarios ranging from reviews and instructional videos in the studio, to travel vlogs, on-location shoots, or run-and-gun interviews at trade shows—all requiring different microphone setups. You know that your audio quality…
4 years ago
From rock, to blues, to metal, the electric guitar has many faces. While there are many factors that go into guitar tone, the creative use of distortion to mold the sound of your instrument is undeniably one of the boldest tonal statements you can make as a guitarist. While the focus of this article is on classic distortion pedals, it’s important to note that the practice of distorting, or…
4 years ago
If you’re keen on producing podcasts, but can’t be tied down to a studio, you need equipment that you can take anywhere and use anywhere, even in places without power. Equipped with highly portable, battery-powered gear, you can finally start “One with Nature” (your soon-to-be solo podcast in which you rant about random requests in remote locations) or “Coffee Shop Critic” (you and a friend doing…
4 years ago
One of the top microphone myths that many people believe is that all shotgun microphones have very tight pickup patterns and can capture audio over a long distance. This misconception is addressed by Shure microphones as follows: “The reality is that microphones do not reach out and grab the sound from a distance. They merely measure pressure variations right at the diaphragm itself.” This leads…
4 years ago
This will be a crash course in recording music anywhere you can find a power supply. We’re not talking about traditional studio recording—this is about turning whatever you have into a working studio, making the most out of the situation. You’ll find a buying guide, some concrete tips, and suggestions for further reading. The Simple Setup There’s an old adage that a good engineer can make a whole…
4 years ago
Unless you only deal with instrumental music, vocals play a big part in your productions. Whether you record singers, rappers, background vocalists, or voice talent for video games, animation, film, or audiobooks, the tracks need to somehow stand out and blend in. To get tone that’s big and natural, a top-notch vocal recording chain can be the inimitable key. With gear from Neumann, SSL, Rupert…
5 years ago
In Part 4 of our multi-part Audio for Video series, AB walks you through the pros and cons of recording audio to your camera versus using an external audio recorder. Learn about when direct-to-camera recording may be ideal, and when you’ll need to start thinking about additional devices, such as mixer adapters and external multi-track recorders. As usual, AB breaks down many important…
5 years ago
In Part 3 of our Audio for Video series, AB dives deeper into the process of properly setting recording levels. Follow along as he breaks down everything you need to know about recording levels, from the differences between Mic and Line level recording to the the different types of tools that can assist in the recording process. Along the way, AB also dishes out plenty of crucial tips to help you…
5 years ago
In this second video in the Audio for Video series, AB discusses ways to choose the best mic for the type of content you’re recording. He discusses pickup patterns, lavalier and shotgun mics, mic placement, and more. If you want to know how to use the right mic to capture audio for different video applications effectively, this is a great resource. If you would like to continue reading about the…
5 years ago
Welcome to the first video in our multi-part Audio for Video series. In this introductory episode, AB kicks things off with a quick overview of topics that will be covered in this series. After that, he dives into the basics of audio for video, covering everything from environment prep to situational mic use. If you’re looking for a solid intro to audio for video gear, tips, and techniques, this…