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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Music cannot exist in a vacuum. I’m not just talking about the laws of physics here (those actually do prohibit sound from traveling across a literal vacuum). I’m talking about influence: Technological advances throughout the years have had a palpable effect on the music we hear. In this article, we’ll list eight pieces of gear that have undeniably changed music. 1. The Edison Phonograph First...
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There I was, three years of audio digital engineering to my name and wondering why nothing I bounced ever sounded as good as what I heard in the session itself. Inside my DAW, the mix would feel wide and sound impactful. Then, I’d render the track, and find myself gut-punched by the washed-out sound of the finished product. Lifeless. Harsh. Unacceptable. What is a summing mixer anyway? A neophyte...
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Lovers of authentic plug-in emulations and real-life hardware will rejoice at Solid State Logic’s UC1, a hardware control surface that combines an old-school workflow with the only SSL plug-ins modeled in-house at Solid State Hardware headquarters. If you have ever found...
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Antelope Audio has taken the award-winning tech behind its Orion 32 interface and melded it with the company’s powerhouse Synergy processing, all to give professional mixing rooms and production facilities the Galaxy 32 Synergy Core—a multichannel audio interface with 32 channels of analog I/O,...
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Wireless systems can be a necessity for capturing good audio on video shoots—you need your subjects to be able to walk around without tangling up in cabling, and you need their speech to sound clear and intelligible. If the mic can be hidden on your subject, all the better. Covering all these needs, the...
3 months ago
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They arrived on my doorstep nestled in a cardboard box—two Bowers & Wilkins 606 S2 Anniversary Edition Speakers, offered on loan for review. These bookshelf speakers are geared for hi-fi enthusiasts who might not have the wherewithal to go full “rabbit hole...
3 months ago
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Warm Audio used to be known solely for its high-quality, low-priced clones of famous vintage outboard gear. Proving itself again and again in this arena, the company moved on to other pursuits bolstered by one principle: You don’t have to spend a ton of money for dependable, top-notch gear. With a new line of Professional and Premier series cables, Warm Audio aims to bring this philosophy into...
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With the Zen Q Synergy Core, Antelope brings you almost everything you’d want in a desktop audio interface: console-grade analog preamps, cutting-edge analog emulation software, essential I/O for recording and mixing, expandability to accommodate room to grow, and the precision clocking fro...
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Lectrosonics’s SM Series of miniature wireless transmitters are well known for their transmission range, signal clarity, and dependability in the field—this is what makes them such enticing audio gear for professional film shoots. Now Lectrosonics is upping the ante again with its DBSM transmitters/recorders, giving users a wider frequency range, tighter tuning, incredibly accurate and long-...
4 months ago
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Anyone in the recording game is familiar with Shure microphones—and anyone in the broadcast world is acquainted with the Shure SM7B. First released in 1973, the SM7B quickly became a standard not just in the world of music, but in radio and, eventually, podcasting....
5 months ago
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Free your computer-based recording or livestreaming rig from the constraints of cables and complicated setup with the Convergent Design Erika, a wireless USB microphone system that's ultracompact, extremely simple, and cost-effective, making it ideal for content creators,...
6 months ago
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When PLAYdifferently released the MODEL 1, it raised the bar on DJ mixers: Designed by distinguished alumni from Allen & Heath, the MODEL 1 brought analog filtering and harmonic overdrive to its channels, lending the analog warmth from classic consoles to the DJ Mixer...
6 months ago
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DJs who crave a customizable mixer take note: Pioneer DJ is releasing the DJM-S7, a two-channel battle mixer with a bevy of tweakable features and built-in goodies. Use independent pad modes to trigger different effects or manipulations on different channels, send MIDI...
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Black Lion Audio—a company famous for modding professional gear—is making inroads from the pro studio to your home studio, with the Revolution 2x2, a desktop USB audio interface that brings the company’s famous pro-level sonics to bedroom recording setups. With the Revolution, you can...
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The divide between pro studio and portable studio just got narrower, with the Antelope Zen Go Synergy Core, a compact USB Type-C audio interface that offers pro-grade conversion, transparent preamps, and rock-solid Antelope clocking in a desktop form factor. Now artists recording at home, musicians...
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