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So, you love listening to music through headphones, but degraded audio quality turns your love into a deep sigh of disappointment. Admit it, you're one of those people... you're an audiophile. You've invested a sliver of your better self into headphones that by all specifications and indications should have filled that sound-shaped hole in your soul. Yet, something's missing and your ears can't...
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When people record live concerts and studio productions, multi-track recording is ideal. It grants you the power to fix and mix the performances in ways that would not be possible if only a stereo mix was recorded. However, multi-track creates a large amount of data in a hurry. Your recorder’s drive needs to be able to handle the burden imposed by writing and reading a multitude of large,...
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Go ahead, admit it. You need a boompole, but you aren’t excited about it. If you work in ENG, EFP, television, or film production, life without a boompole is cursed. So, should you start small or go big? There’s no pleasure in purchasing a bigger boompole after retiring the one you outgrew too quickly. On the flip side, you don’t want the embarrassment and hassle of showing up to the gig with a...
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I’m often asked by friends and colleagues, “Which DAW do you use?” or “What’s the best DAW?” What may be right for me might be completely wrong for you. With so many Digital Audio Workstations (DAW) choices, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. All DAWs share a main purpose, which is to record, edit, and mix audio (and MIDI), but each platform offers some unique features, bells and whistles, if you will...
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The idea of having a variety of microphone preamps at your fingertips is, relatively speaking, a more modern advent in recording. The “golden era” of making records saw engineers using the preamps found in the console in the studio, and didn’t give much thought to mixing a Neve sound on the overheads while using APIs on the snare and toms. As more and more engineers (pro and hobbyist alike)...
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Working in live sound is an exciting and rewarding business. It’s very fast paced and you must problem-solve on the fly. Having the tools to handle anything is essential for a smooth and professional event. Here are some useful tools I have found to be indispensable, as an audio engineer and system designer. Hearing Protection The art and science of audio engineering relies solely on your hearing...
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With each year, the variety and quality of wired and wireless headphones improves for a wide range of consumer and professional applications. Apple’s removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack in the iPhone 7, as well as the recent release of the company’s Airpods, would seem to...
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Most of the content on Explora is “evergreen”—that is, applicable to any time of the year. But this article is “evergreen” in a different way: the situation we’re describing often revolves around an evergreen tree, decked out and mounted in someone’s living room. It also can involve any number of symbols, ecumenical or otherwise. Whatever your iconography, that time of year is upon us again, so...
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The year 2016 is almost over and we’ve had a number of exciting and innovative technologies released this year that promise inspiration for the producer, DJ, and electronic musician. DJ Players and Controllers Several new DJ controllers and media players were released this year, so I’ve compiled my top three choices that I think are worth a look. The new Pioneer XDJ-1000MK2 is now shipping and...
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If you’re just getting into beat making, whether your tastes lean toward Hip Hop, EDM, Pop, or other, the massive number of choices and opinions out there can make you want to quit before you even get started. In truth, music production is much easier and more affordable now than it used to be, but there’s still quite a bit to learn on the subject. Here’s a guide to some of the essentials....
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When people hear the words “MIDI guitar,” usually the first thing they think of is some guy on YouTube ripping a jazz solo with his 6-string, made to sound like a cheesy saxophone or flute. The truth is that there’s a lot more you can do with guitar and MIDI, especially when you start incorporating MIDI sequencing, virtual instruments, and keyboard synthesizers into the equation. We’ll discuss...
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Guitarists and bassists are always chasing for the “Holy Grail” of tone—the often undefinable sound (you'll know it when you hear it) that represents their personal playing style. Purists will rightfully tell you that your tone is in your fingers, but stompboxes have long played an integral part to the sound of the most lauded guitarists in history. Whether it's Steve Ray Vaughn's masterful use...
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When your son told you that he wanted to make “Progressive House,” you thought he was saying he wanted to become a homebuilder and a registered Democrat. Sound familiar?  Keep reading. Music has changed a lot in the last decade, and so has the gear used to make it. When occasions come around, parents of millennial musicians are more susceptible to feeling the generation gap than ever. If you're...
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Presumably, as long as there has been recorded music, there have been people trying to perfect the art of listening to it. I’d like to imagine these folks in the 1890s, some sort of proto-audiophile, insisting a certain cranking method or wax sourcing makes for a better Edison Cylinder listening experience. Realistically speaking, however, modern-day audiophiles find their roots in the late ’60s...
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All year long, and especially around holidays, many of us have to travel—to our family homes, across cities, over oceans, enduring whatever the TSA throws at us each time, cramming ourselves into airborne Petri dishes while a pilot with the voice of Chuck Yeager slingshots us across the continents. If that doesn’t sound fun, don’t worry: we at B&H have solutions to make the trip less painful—...
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