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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iZotope is known for being adept at creating both creative and practical problem solving audio software; drop their name to a pro or home recorder, and they’ll think of their mastering suite Ozone, their problem solving restoration...
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Shure has been on a mission recently to expand its footprint into the digital audio realm (with a bit of a focus on iOS), throwing the company’s reputation for pro audio and consumer headphones into new designs, such as the Motiv line of iOS-friendly microphones and the...
3 months ago
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Apple has a history of making bold moves in abandoning concepts that have long been considered standard for computing and home electronics. Be it FireWire, USB 3.0, or its own 30-pin connector, for better or worse (depending on who you ask), Apple has proven it will endure the grumbles of its loyal customer base in exchange for the company’s design vision. And with the announcement of the iPhone...
4 months ago
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Like the Star Trek villain whose name is strikingly similar, the KANN Portable Music Player, from the folks at Astell&Kern, is engineered from the ground up to be better—an improvement on what we've come to expect (in this less nefarious case) from a digital music player. As we've replaced our MP3/digital audio...
4 months ago
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I’ll begin this review with a disclaimer. I am a Millennial. Born in 1981, I’m an old Millennial, but they tell me that’s the year they started, so a Millennial nonetheless. When I’m not eating avocado toast instead of buying a home, killing the wine industry, hotels, the movie business, golf (sorry?), the 9 to 5 work week (you’re welcome), marriage, and unnecessarily exhaustive example listing,...
4 months ago
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The idea of having a variety of microphone preamps at your fingertips is, relatively speaking, a more modern advent in recording. The “golden era” of making records saw engineers using the preamps found in the console in the studio, and didn’t give much thought to mixing a Neve sound on the overheads while using APIs on the snare and toms. As more and more engineers (pro and hobbyist alike)...
6 months 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...
7 months ago
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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...
8 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...
9 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...
9 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...
10 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...
11 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...
11 months ago
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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...

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