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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Stop the presses— RØDE has released something sure to change the podcasting game. Already lauded for its industry-standard microphones, RØDE is now offering the RØDECaster Pro, a powerful podcast-dedicated production console. This is an all-in-one recorder, mixer, sound-effects player...
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So, you got a friend. Maybe a niece, nephew, or kid of your own. Perhaps a grandchild, and you want your gifts to feel more relevant than the usual newspaper clipping and check for fifty bucks. And what’s this—your little buddy is making videos now? On YouTube? From the videos, it looks like they’ve got the video and lighting figured out, but maybe they could some help in the audio department. If...
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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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Short films—gotta love them! If you’re just starting out in the world of sound design, these will be your bread and butter until you get noticed by the big, gatekeeping fish. They usually don’t pay much, but they’re incredibly rewarding. Why? Because if you make them sound good enough, the director you’re working with has a better chance of scoring a feature; and if that director is loyal, you...
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Coming at you fast and furiously, we’ve got eight quick tips for cleaning dialogues in a short film context—although, really, these tips could apply to any length film; from 30-second spots to feature-length films. If a project with dialogue has fallen into your professional lap, you’re going to want a cheat sheet for how to clean up that dialogue before you go about EQ’ing, compressing, and more...
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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...
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The Akai Professional MPK Mini is a popular MIDI controller indeed; with 25 synth-action mini keys, a four-way joystick-style controller, and some backlit MPC-style pads, the controller is perfect for mobile composers looking to bang out beats on the go. All you'd ever need is the MPK Mini and a corresponding computer. But what if you don't have a computer? Or, what if you want to leave it at...
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Looking for a multi-pattern USB condenser microphone that’s quite a lot smaller than the competition, yet doesn’t compromise on sonics? Well, Blue has a treat for you, with the Yeti Nano microphones....
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Say you’re a musician traveling on the road, or a producer—somebody who likes to make music from a laptop-based studio. You camp out at a hotel and program what you need to program, or mix what you need to mix. Eventually, you’ll run into problems. The files you’re working on will require more space than your laptop allows. Or, you’ll run a lot of samples and virtual instruments, both of which...
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Put down the pasta and drop the spaghetti—Blue is releasing a whole new Yeti! Called the Yeti Nano, this microphone is geared toward podcasters, YouTubers, Twitchers, lovers of high-quality Skype phone calls, and haters of XLR cables (it's a USB microphone). Yes, you're sure to get a more dynamic sound out of this USB microphone over previous Yetis, thanks in no small part to its ability to...
3 months ago
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Do you have a pair of Shure SE earphones, but also an Android device without a headphone jack? If so, you’ll be thrilled to know the Shure makes a remote/in-line DAC for these earphones that sports a USB Type-C connection point, making it usable with Android devices! Called the Shure...
3 months ago
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Yamaha, a company with fingers in many musical pies, has released a baker's rack of loudspeakers and subwoofers to address all of your public-address needs. First, there's the DZR line, with each speaker offering a high SPL, sophisticated DSP with FIR filters, and a relatively lightweight design. These 2-way powered monitors are...
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Looking for a wearable microphone that can record and store audio—and pair with your smartphone for easy video-sync? If so, look no farther than the Sennheiser Memory Mic, which is a battery-powered, omnidirectional condenser microphone that you can append on your person....
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Sennheiser—a company making innovative gear in the world of VR, binaural audio capture, and mobile-based audio—is releasing a new mic for your smartphone. We at B&H are proud to add it to our collection. Called the Memory Mic, this memory mic clips on to your person and records...
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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-...
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