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Although I must admit to a fondness for MOS sequences, when shooting dialog, I prefer to get clean sound on set. But this isn’t always easy, and sometimes it’s not possible at all. Fixing audio problems in post is never satisfying, and I start to dream of just doing all the dialog in post. In many ways, this makes sense, as on-set time is incredibly expensive, and never having to do an additional...
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In the following video, Rob Rives demonstrates how to set up and use a basic DJ setup. This video explores the functions, controls, and features of a DJ mixer, CD players, and...

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In the following video, Rob Rives demonstrates how to set up and use a basic DJ setup. This video explores the functions, controls, and features of a DJ mixer, CD players, and...
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Are you just getting into playing electric guitar? If so, thank you—it feels like there’s a dearth of us these days! But also, let’s address an issue you might be facing in purchasing your Instrument, best summed up by the following question: “What kind of electric guitar is right for me?” I know the answer my parents had for that question: “the cheapest,” but if you’re shelling out your own hard...
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Hi there! Do you have a rich, velvety voice that people compliment all the time? Do you have secret desires to cut out of your nine-to-five grind and get into the illustrious world of voice-overs? Of course you do! (You clicked the headline, didn’t you?) Let me start off by telling you two things: To get sustainable voice-over work is harder than you’d think—lots of people want to do it, and...
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Skype could be considered the best—and worst—thing to ever happen to podcasting. The ability to interview guests remotely is, of course, invaluable. Horrendous audio due to digital artifacts and bad microphones? Not so much. While the pros and cons of Skype recording are stark in contrast, it is certainly possible to maximize the benefits, while minimizing the drawbacks. While probably the most...
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In the following video, Rob Rives compares several hardware synthesizers for anyone looking to acquire their first synth. This video explores analog versus digital and module versus keyboard. We showcase the Roland SE-02, the...

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In the following video, Rob Rives compares several hardware synthesizers for anyone looking to acquire their first synth. This video explores analog versus digital and module versus keyboard. We showcase the Roland SE-02, the...
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Recently, we’ve been hearing a lot of noise about high-resolution audio. Casual listeners might be wondering, what is high-resolution audio, anyway? Why does it sound better? Can we even determine that it sounds better? Answering these questions requires discussing digital formats such as PCM, MP3, and DSD—but don’t worry; this won’t be a dive into the technical weeds. To the extent that we’ll...
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Growing up in Miami, FL, in the 1980s and ’90s, I was exposed to a great deal of the Roland TR-808 sound. Found in roller skating rinks, and cars with “tricked out” systems across the city, the window-shaking, bone-shattering Miami Bass sound was literally inescapable. The other-worldly 808, with its long and resonant kick drums and toms, crispy snares and claps, and lighting fast hi hats was so...
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So, you want a new audio interface, eh? It’s not like the old days when there were only a few options. Now, there are a bunch of brands such as Apogee Electronics, Antelope, Audient, Focusrite, MOTU, PreSonus, Universal Audio, and Waves, and each manufacturer normally has several interfaces in its product line. You don’t want to buy something that will be insufficient for the work you do, nor do...
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In this video, Sonic Scoop’s Justin Colletti takes to Braund studios to show you how to mic an acoustic guitar with two microphones. Watch as he tests out spaced pair, X/Y, vertical X/Y, ORTF, and mid/side configurations; more importantly, hear the difference from example to example. You’ll not only learn how to mic an acoustic in a stereo fashion—you’ll learn when to do so, and when to go mono...
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There have been dramatic shifts in music production over the last 10-15 years. If the phrase “big guitars” could be used to sum up the production style of the late 20th Century in general, the 21st Century could be described as “big drums.” The continued explosion of Hip Hop and EDM, combined with the proliferation of affordable, computer-based production setups, have both been contributing...
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When it comes to audio for video, no one ever seems to notice it unless it’s bad. And if it is bad, it can completely ruin your project. While we always try to record the best production audio we can from the get-go, problems are bound to pop up. In the end, we must assess the audio we’ve got and use our mixing, restoration, and dialogue replacement skills to make it all work. So, here are five...

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One mic, one guitar, one engineer: Join Sonic Scoop’s Justin Colletti as he talks to Braund Studios to show you how to mic an acoustic guitar with a single microphone. In this video, you’ll get to hear the results of the most popular mic positions for acoustic guitar in action, as well as an overview of what a microphone sounds like pointed at different parts of the guitar’s body and neck.
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