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Dynamic, condenser, ribbon, handheld, lavalier, shotgun… all are terms commonly bandied about when referencing microphones. One that may not be on the tip of most tongues is parabolic. If “parabolic microphone” has you puzzled, or if you need some guidance for your next parabolic microphone purchase, do read on! What are Parabolic Microphones? Whereas dynamic, condenser, and ribbon describe the...
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Whether you record demo tracks on the road, produce podcasts at home, or collaborate with other artists in random locations, having a travel-friendly audio interface is key to staying versatile in your work. An ideal interface would be small enough to fit in a backpack, laptop bag, or satchel while supporting multiple types of I/O and USB powering. Seriously, the last thing you need is to have...
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The phrase “Golden Age” is thrown around a great deal these days—about podcasting, about TV dramas, about studio gear, and about guitar pedals. Indeed, we live in an aureate epoch of stompboxes, and many of them are exceedingly wallet friendly. There’s a good chance you have a guitar player in your life, be they a spouse, sibling, parent, or child. As such, we thought we’d make a list of some...
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Audio-Technica has long been well known as a maker of fine headphones and microphones. It stands to reason that the company would combine its expertise in those two areas to create broadcast headsets that are well suited for news, sports, and theater production. While the...
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If you’ve been tasked with documenting a friend or relative’s intimate wedding, due to the simple fact that you own a decent camera, chances are you haven’t given much thought to best practices for capturing the audio. While many of today’s DSLR and mirrorless cameras can capture top-notch video, most of them lack a high-quality built-in microphone; and beware—no matter how great a video is to...
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We’re here to talk about wireless systems today—a nerdy subject indeed, one that could occasion a glaze in the eye of the casual reader. But wireless systems are quite important to large-scale stage shows. Your favorite musical act, with all their singing and dancing, would trip over a forest of cabling if it weren’t for wireless systems. What’s more, this technology must be mission-critical,...
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Here at B&H, we’d like you to celebrate the pro-audio people in your lives, so we’ve compiled a list of stocking stuffers for the studio supplicant in your circle, whether that person be a musician, an engineer, or as is usually the case these days, some horridly undercompensated combination of the two. Pro audio gear can be quite expensive; it’s not uncommon for engineers to spend hundreds—...
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When producing audio for video, television, or online content, it’s expected that you’ll have to record sound far away from the comfort of a fancy studio. In a house, on a boat, out of state, or at a show; any place including the middle of nowhere is possible for the next shoot. Whether capturing on-set dialog, interviews, sound effects, or music, you’ll need an audio recorder/mixer that is...
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No matter what area of audio production you work in, you’re constantly listening. Loud and proud or whisper quiet, through headphones or speakers, in your studio or on the road, you’re constantly listening. And naturally, you need to hear your productions through various transducers to accurately assess how they translate. What you don’t want is to be relegated to a life of vibe-killing, time-...
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Austin, Texas-based FMR Audio has been producing professional audio equipment at budget prices for more than 18 years. The company makes no-nonsense dynamic processors and microphone preamps that may look utilitarian, but hold their own when compared to other products costing up to ten times as much. In this brand overview, we’ll be looking at the FMR Audio product line and what makes it special...
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It’s that time a year again. The “holidaze” are upon us and with it comes the stress of finding the perfect gift for that special someone. I’m a terrible procrastinator, especially when holiday shopping, so I’ve compiled a roundup of the best portable Bluetooth speakers. Bluetooth speakers come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Portability is subjective, so we’ll be looking at a broad variety of...
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Once upon a time, a decent plug-in for pro audio purposes might set you back more than a couple of hundred bucks (to say nothing of software bundles, which could easily run you into the thousands). But we’ve seen a drastic reduction in price for stellar software over the last few years—even from companies that used to charge in amounts heretofore measured in bodily appendages. Since you no longer...
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Every day, someone needs some sound amplified. Maybe it’s just one mic for a fast-talking auctioneer, a mic and a laptop for that better-be-good wedding DJ, or multiple mics and instruments for a band hoping to get their music heard by the right people. In times like these, large-scale systems are absolute overkill, and that tiny Bluetooth speaker you carry around in your bag is no good, either....
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year and you want to celebrate the festive season with a rocking holiday party for your family, friends, or even colleagues (if you’re planning the office party). Let’s be clear: music will make or break your soirée and there might not be enough eggnog to keep the merriment alive unless you unleash your inner DJ and put a spin on your holiday party. DJ versus...
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Perhaps you started with a small, self-contained PA and need better quality with greater output. Or perhaps your audience has grown and you are looking to add to your setup, or you need better coverage and more control. Maybe you started with an inexpensive analog mixer and are looking to make the jump to a digital board. If you have made an initial investment into a sound system and are looking...
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