Nicholas Messitte

Nicholas Messitte

Nick Messitte is a writer / composer / engineer / multi-instrumentalist based in Brooklyn, New York. Some of his credits include Edfringe's Get Got (music and lyrics) and the short story Hills and Valleys (winner of the Henry Roth Award for Excellence in Fiction). Since 2013, Nick has been a contributing writer to Forbes.com and Forbes magazine. His engineering experience ranges from musical theater (Get Got, Voiceless), to indie rock (Bulletproof Stockings, Empire State Express, Prince Hal), to jazz (Eliot Cardinaux). As a musician, he’s played with respected singer/songwriters (Hawksley Workman) and jazz greats (Sam Rivers).

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The sound engineer. Ah, yes. As a performing musician, I’ve encountered my fair share of them, so I understand the stereotype. They can seem disinterested, a bit preoccupied, perhaps brusque. And sure, there are bad apples out there. I'll never forget playing Kenny’s Castaways (a classic, now-defunct New York City venue), the engineer loping onto the stage mid-song to swap out my microphone while...
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As mixing engineers, one of our biggest challenges is communicating width and depth in a stereo track. It’s tricky for loads of reasons. For one, what we’re doing is essentially a fiction: When you listen to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on an iPod, you are not at the Philharmonic—yet it’s often the engineer’s job to create the sound of the orchestra, from left to right, front to back, and in the...
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Looking for a wireless microphone and receiver combination in the A frequency band from a reliable manufacturer? Want options when it comes to the type of microphone offered? And most of all, do you seek a wallet-friendly solution to the needs at hand? Fear not, because Sennheiser’s XSW system has something that is sure to fill the bill. For a receiver/transmitter package with a handheld...
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If you’re looking for a reference-grade AD/DA converter with a built-in headphone amp—one that takes up relatively little space and gives you I/O suitable for both pro audio and hi-fi environments—you’d be hard pressed to find a better bang for the buck than the RME ADI-2 Pro Reference AD/DA...
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If you’re a guitar player looking for a distortion pedal that evokes classic British overdrive without the hassle of tubes—and at quite a handsome price point—then definitely check out the V9 stompbox by Radial Engineering, a brand known for its sturdy and dependable...
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How would you like to play your electric guitar anywhere, through a battery-powered amp—one that comes with software pro audio engineers regularly use to make DI’ed electric guitars sound like fully amped monsters of rock? Sure, you would. Now you can with the this item, which sports a 3" neodymium speaker and offers 3W of class B power, as well as a version of AmpliTube, the aforementioned...
3 weeks ago
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Yes, we here at B&H are giving some Explora love to ENG: Electronic News Gathering. The technical aspects of this topic have been covered passing well in Basic Tips and Tricks for Electronic News Gathering (ENG), so this piece pulls back and looks at a non-technical...
1 month ago
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Looking for a portable digital piano with 88 natural-feeling keys, built-in ambiance, and even built-in lessons for the novice player? Then check out this portable digital keyboard, which combines great piano sounds, grade-weighted keys, and more into an eminently portable package. This...
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Look, we all can’t record audio in multi-million-dollar, top-notch facilities. Some of us would even rather record in our bedrooms—and why not? It’s comfy. Luckily, there are a variety of solutions to capture quality audio in less-than-ideal surroundings. So, with that in mind, let’s take at two different Auray products which will help you achieve better results in sonically inferior rooms. First...
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In-ear, over-ear, wireless, wired, iOS, Android—there’s something for every headphone preference in the HD 1 series. For instance, if you’re looking for an over-ear pair of Bluetooth headphones with leather earcups, the ability to reduce noise, and a voice-optimizing microphone for phone calls, there’s certainly an...
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In the summer of 2015, I was given the opportunity to teach a bunch of kids how to write, perform, and ultimately produce their own songs. Some of the kids had never sung into a microphone. Others were pros on the writing side, but had no idea how to produce. There we all stood, together in a summer camp, all reaching toward one goal: A mixed, mastered album of their material by the end of the...
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If you’re an audio person who likes the adrenaline rush of on-location recording, you’ve got options for work. On the music side, there are on-sight jazz records, classical concerts, and rock venues. But you also might want to take on-location gigs for other media—movies, TV web series, and our chosen topic of today, ENG. But wait—what is ENG? ENG stands for Electronic News Gathering. You know...
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Real-time vocal harmony generation can often sound artificial—and sometimes, even a little off-putting. However, if you haven’t heard TC-Helicon’s take on the effect, you’ll be in for a treat when you go online and check out some audio samples. With this Vocal Processor...
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Are you looking for a whole slew of guitar effects, a bunch of built-in rhythm patterns, and an eighty-second looper, all in one pedal? Then look no farther than the G3n and the...
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Do you want a highly portable interface that’ll record guitars straight to your Mac/Windows computer—but (and here’s the twist) with Apogee’s quality analog-to-digital conversion? If so, then you should definitely check out this...

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