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Mixing in headphones is a somewhat controversial topic in the pro audio world. Some producers and engineers mix primarily in headphones (often out of necessity) and others denounce the practice as entirely useless, preferring to work only on studio monitors. But I think that everyone can agree that a sound mix, whether it...
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Like many people, music is the lifeblood of my day. Whether I’m waking up, working out, driving a car, or riding the subway, everything is better when there’s a soundtrack. To celebrate my love of music and the positive impact music has had on my life, I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite portable audio players. With each device, I’ve included a song recommendation, just a handful of...
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GoPro is not just the leader in the action camera field, its name is synonymous with the very type. Its cameras are found atop the helmets of skiers, cyclists, and parachutists and mounted to the end of selfie-sticks around the world. However, there are several companies...
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If you are a musician who has been missing gigs in local venues that have closed their doors because of the current pandemic, you might consider taking it to the street—busking in public spaces with a battery-powered guitar amplifier that will provide hours of dependable play time and can handle the kind of punishment the...
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Looking for a light stand? Seems like a simple task, until you head to the category and find that there are hundreds of options, each with its own set of features and specifications, which can make the whole experience a little overwhelming. We are here to help. Whether you are a beginner or experienced photographer...
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Even as COVID changes the rules of everything related to sports, including sports photography, there is still one basic truth in photographing sports—access is everything. If you are not near the action, you will not get a photograph. Does this mean you need a sideline pass at the Super Bowl or a family member in the NBA “bubble?” No. Those are good to have, and media credentials for a Super Bowl...
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A long, long time ago (not that far away), I began one of my first jobs at a multi-campus college that launched one of the first full-time distance learning classrooms in the US. It was my job to manage setting up the cameras, document camera, microphones, and other equipment the teachers needed to transmit their class to the other campuses. I never imagined that experience would now apply to the...
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The state of memory cards is evolving almost as quickly as digital cameras themselves, but I think we’ve finally hit a new standard that has some staying power. CFexpress is the fast and robust memory format that’s being employed by some of the hottest new cameras, including Canon’s EOS R5 and C300/500, Nikon’s D6, Z 6 and Z 7, and Panasonic’s S1 and S1R, among others, and is a card format that’s...
by Eric Calvi and Rob Rives
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One of the most recognized names in audio, Shure has earned its wireless pedigree by providing dependable performance and high-quality wireless sound for performers, instructors, clergy, presenters, DJs, and musicians at every level. There are a variety of analog and digital systems to choose from, all available with popular Shure handheld mics or with bodypacks that can accommodate lavalier,...
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Specs for gaming monitors and other computer components require sorting through a lot of numbers. It makes the process of buying anything computer related extremely tough. Gamers may be a bit more tech savvy than everyday users, but still, monitors and their technology...
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Everyone should be securing their data. While you may not have to worry about that movie you downloaded from iTunes, you likely have some more sensitive data you would like to protect in a digital vault. And then you still might want to toss that into a real, physical safe. The constant threat has brought secure portable hard drives to the forefront and it seems companies are coming out with more...
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When it comes time to build a computer, populate a RAID or NAS array, replace a corrupted drive, or expand your system’s current storage capacity, the sheer quantity of drive options can be daunting. I’m not talking just about storage capacity, but also form factor, interface, and more. While you could just haphazardly buy something and hope for the best, there are certain drives that are better...
Guide to Portable Hard Drives for the Travel Photographer
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You finally made it to your destination, and as you kick up your feet and sip from an ice-cold drink, the last thing you want to worry about is storage. It is a little insane that you must rely on a semi-mysterious device to hold the photographs from your most recent excursion safe, especially as you plan to do a bit more shooting as you go about your travels. Hopefully, this...
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If my eleven-year-old son weren’t already a budding manga artist, three months of quarantine certainly pushed him in that direction. Fortunately, we had purchased a tablet and pen for him just as school-from-home was...
by Eric Butterfield
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If you work with libraries of large image files, or in audio or video production, you need to be selective about your external hard drive. Reading and writing files directly from or to an external drive can incur some hefty performance demands, so it's best to determine your needs before you buy a drive. With...
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