Jaime Traba

Jaime Traba

Jaime is a recording engineer and producer with a guitar pedal addiction. Professionally, he has worked with the likes of Grammy-winning songwriter Steve Mostyn, along with a wide scope of New York-based and international talent. When not trying to replicate Star Trek references into his writing for B&H, he’s an avid reader, guitarist, and general tech enthusiast. His mom thinks he’s pretty cool, too.

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1 month ago
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Audio-Technica may be known to the masses as a stalwart manufacturer of quality headphones, but recording engineers and musicians also know the company to be responsible for world-class microphones, heard on everything from podcasts to countless records. Taking Musikmesse as an opportunity to show off new gear, Audio-Technica has announced its new flagship condenser microphone, the AT5047. Based...
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Like other offerings available in the 500 Series format, there is a wealth of compressors to select in this increasingly popular form factor. Ranging from unique and original designs to emulations and clones of some of the most classic compressors heard on countless albums and songs, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the choice. This piece will highlight some standouts. Chandler’s...
2 months ago
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After sighing a deep sigh and promising myself I would not work in any puns about Apple incorporating the Touch Bar into their flagship DAW being “Logical,” I opened the Late 2016 MacBook Pro and downloaded Apple’s Logic Pro (version 10.3 is required). The two main DAWs I use are Pro Tools and Logic (where I prefer to do my programming and MIDI work), so having a familiarity with the software...
3 months ago
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Aside from tracking drums, playing or recording electric guitars has always been a game of compromises for the apartment musician and recording engineer. You need to juggle playing and recording in rooms that just don’t sound right, and ultimately you can never really crank your amp to reach that “sweet” spot without drawing the ire of your neighbors. So, what do we apartment-dwelling guitarists...
3 months ago
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As we continue our very own B&H-flavored version of Oprah’s Favorite Things just in time for Valentine’s Day, one thing that comes screaming to mind is headphones. Everyone uses them, and they elicit passion, from casual listeners all the way to audiophiles. I fully admit I am something of a low-end Lothario, or dynamic-driver Don Juan, (depending on how you want to alliterate) when talking...
4 months ago
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Tech 21 is using 2017 NAMM show as a launching point to bring your tone from California to Canada, and everywhere in between, all without the need for lugging an amp to the studio or your next gig. First up is the unveiling of the next evolution of its diminutive Fly Rig series of SansAmp/Effect effects boards, with the addition of the...
5 months ago
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Music production has, for the most part, gone small. Large-format consoles, massive 2-inch tape machines, and stacks of outboard gear are no longer the only way to produce quality tracks. Realistically speaking, many (if not most) home studios consist of a laptop, which get consistently smaller every few months, a small interface, a MIDI controller, and a pair of monitors. This is true especially...
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Guitarists and bassists are always chasing for the “Holy Grail” of tone—the often undefinable sound (you'll know it when you hear it) that represents their personal playing style. Purists will rightfully tell you that your tone is in your fingers, but stompboxes have long played an integral part to the sound of the most lauded guitarists in history. Whether it's Steve Ray Vaughn's masterful use...
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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...
6 months ago
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Presumably, as long as there has been recorded music, there have been people trying to perfect the art of listening to it. I’d like to imagine these folks in the 1890s, some sort of proto-audiophile, insisting a certain cranking method or wax sourcing makes for a better Edison Cylinder listening experience. Realistically speaking, however, modern-day audiophiles find their roots in the late ’60s...
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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...
8 months ago
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Long the standard bearer for delivering portable audio, the 3.5mm headphone jack had its plug pulled one final time, in Cupertino, on September 7, 2016, and reportedly met its fate with a steely courage you don’t often see outside of Apple designers. In its long and storied life, it survived countless audio formats, from vinyl to 8-tracks, cassette tapes, and CDs. In recent years, it had even...
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September 8, 2016, marks the 50th anniversary of the premiere of Star Trek The Original Series (TOS), and as I write this piece (with my Tasha Yar and Hugh the Borg action figures staring back at me from my desk), it’s hard not to dwell on the legacy of this franchise with which I have a borderline odd preoccupation, going to the lengths of getting B&H’s head editorial honcho to agree to let...
9 months ago
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It is much too easy to take our sense of hearing for granted. However, let’s face it—if you saw someone walking around treating one of their other senses the way our hearing gets abused, you’d call social services. It’s common sense not to stare directly into the sun, or not to pick up a hot pan with your bare hands, but we regularly expose ourselves to the damaging sound pressure levels (SPLs)...
1 year ago
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Any seasoned sound pro will testify to the importance of organization; in an industry where each second quite literally costs money, you should not  be fumbling through your bag to change a setting on your recorder or grab a cable. I'll admit it may just be the over-sensitive audio guy in me, but it seems too often audio on set plays second fiddle to the visual.  I understand the visual aspect...

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