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When I first started engineering and producing music, I was, strictly speaking, a complete and utter mess. I would often lose project files, samples, preset libraries—I couldn’t keep track of anything. Sometimes I’d find what I was looking for by sheer luck, other times it would be gone forever. After several frustrating years of data loss, I decided to get serious about organizing all my music...
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For in-the-know musicians, engineers, and producers, going Windows for your production setup is the best-kept secret in town for two big reasons: price and power. But, with great power comes great responsibility. Often, people go out and buy Windows machines that are well within their DAW’s system requirements, only to come home and find that they’re experiencing lackluster performance. The...
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The B&H SuperStore is not well known as a retailer of musical 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,...
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Not long ago, you needed a computer to provide sufficient processing power, graphics prowess, and connectivity to meet the demands of digital pro audio production tasks. Thanks to the robust performance, captivating display, and long battery life of Apple’s current iPad Pro, producing anything...
5 months ago
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Podcasts. Still strong in the boom phase, it’s a good time to get in while the getting is good, and you’ll want to do whatever you can to make your podcast stand out. But here’s the thing: different types of podcasts require different ways of working. So, we here at B&H thought we’d give you a five-tip primer to get you inspired. Be sure you check out the last one—it’s the most important tip...
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When considering a new gear purchase, it’s easy to get caught up in extravagant equipment and overlook things that would ease the pain of daily audio life. There are routine processes that can be simplified, common problems that can be more quickly solved, and significant sonic improvements that can be made if you have the right tools. I’d like to share six audio tools that can easily become...
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6 months ago
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In this video, AB and the team investigate how choosing different music can change the emotion of your film. The short scenes in the video are played without music, then with a couple of different music examples to highlight this change in emotion. Check it out! We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other ...
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Join AB and Doug Guerra as they discuss the different challenges and techniques with which one is faced when recording and mixing audio for video. They cover topics such as equipment choice, EQ, compression, room acoustics, and more, and there are in-depth demos with screen captures that show how to go from an initial draft to a completed product. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to...
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Perhaps you've read the previous article on equalization in the mastering process and find yourself a glutton for punishment. If not, welcome anyway! Please, feel free to read these articles in any order—you ostensibly have free will. We're here to talk about compression, and what it can do for you in the mastering process. This article is going to assume a basic knowledge of dynamic compression...
8 months ago
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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,...
9 months ago
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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-...
10 months ago
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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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