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Join award-winning sound engineer Michael Bader as he enlightens us with tips on how to improve your at-home or in-studio audio setup. Bader also makes suggestions regarding how to hold your audience’s attention with just your voice. 0:00 - Introduction 1:05 - How to Hold an Audience’s Attention with just Your Voice 3:40 - How to Identify “Bad” Sound and Make it Working Audio 11:24 - How to Think like a Microphone, and Mic Placement 15:42 - How to Monitor the Audio from Your Mic 19:24 - What to Use to Cover the Mic 20:57 - Solutions fo
by Nicholas Messitte · Posted
In June 2021, Apple revealed two exciting developments for music lovers: Apple Lossless and Apple Spatial Audio, each on offer for Apple Music, and each available now—provided you have the right hardware and the right OS. What does this mean for you, the consumer? Let’s take a look. Apple Lossless We need to begin by defining “lossless” and “lossy.” I’ll use a mnemonic device to make it simple: A lossless file exhibits no loss of audio quality when compared to the original master. A lossy file—such as an MP3 or an AAC—does exhibit a loss in
In 2020, an estimated 100 million people listened to a podcast each month, according to Forbes, and, if the trend continues, it’s expected to reach 125 million in 2022. It seems as though everyone I know either has a podcast, or has at least toyed with the idea of starting one. With the holidays looming, many new podcasters are sure to be on the prowl for the right gear to get them started, and if that sounds like you, you’re in the right place. As I listen to podcasting develop as an artform, I am constantly reminded that the possibilities in
If you have a phone full of rough song ideas and recordings and are wondering what to do with them, this workshop is for you. Join 25-year music industry veteran Cliff Goldmacher as he walks you through the process, from defining a rough recording to the overall importance of why sound quality matters when capturing your ideas. Whether you’re recording just vocals or an entire song, a rough recording can help you get your ideas down before recording a song in studio! How do you make your own rough recordings for song ideas? Tell us about it in
Finding the right plectrum, as it was originally called (and still is in the UK), is a very personal endeavor. The genre of music you play, as well as your individual playing style, are both factors to consider when selecting your pick. And, I would be remiss not to mention the most important criterion of all, which would be the intangible qualities of what sounds the best for your playing style, and what simply feels the best in your hand while playing. The following suggestions
In this seminar, you will learn how to "up" your podcasting game in 2021. Whether you’re starting a podcast or are an audio professional, PreSonus Product Specialist and Content Creator Joe Glider shares his tips and tricks to help you upgrade your podcast setup, recording, and editing. Where are you in the realm of podcasting—just getting started, or looking to boost an already-successful venture? Join the conversation in the Comments section, below!
by Howard Gotfryd · Posted
The B&H SuperStore is not a well-known retailer of musical instruments. It’s true that our audio department has offered synthesizers, keyboards, controllers, and digital pianos for a long time, but we’re probably not the first place you think of when you’re thinking about guitars, basses, or their care and maintenance. B&H does carry a modest lineup of
When I used to hear people talk about recording vocals in their bedroom, the first thing that would enter my mind is the annoying sound of every single noise in the house along with the voice in the recorded audio. Sure, you can install some acoustic treatment panels and use a pop screen, but getting that supertight, vocal booth sound in your bedroom is pretty tough without actually building a vocal booth. Plus, acoustic treatment can be unsightly, and while you may think it looks cool, your partner or family members may think it’s atrocious.
by Rosie Record · Posted
Jaws, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, Star Wars; you can probably hum the theme song to all of these films. John Williams is the master of composing iconic and memorable themes that transcend time. Gladiator, Inception, Interstellar, The Dark Knight; Hans Zimmer's themes are immediately recognizable and stunning. Themes are an incredibly powerful tool in film. They can add another dimension of emotion, meaning, and interconnectedness to the story and characters if executed properly. This synergy creates an enhanced experience while the audience
When I set out to redesign my home studio from scratch, I knew I wanted to build something completely different than my old-school Black Lion Audio Mod Digidesign 002 based setup. My music production workflow had changed quite a bit from when I bought the 002, having evolved from a more hardware-based process to one that’s largely software based, with a bit of live instrumentation and outboard gear in the mix. Taking that into consideration, I also wanted this
If you’ve found your way to this article, you’re probably feeling pretty frustrated and confused right now. Ten minutes ago, you were in your home studio with an incredible-sounding mix, and now you’re in the car listening to the same track, only it sounds like an atrocious flabby mess. Did I copy over the wrong file? Is my car stereo broken? If you can confidently answer “no” to these questions, then congratulations. I am pleased to inform you of an
Troubleshooting doesn’t have to drive you insane. It can and will if you let it. We’ve all been there. Maybe the setup took more time than you thought it would, things got a little rushed, and now you’re not getting signal from the singer’s mic. Or, maybe you’re watching a movie with your family, and all of a sudden there’s no sound. Whether you’re troubleshooting in a professional live sound or recording studio setting, or in your home theater, the same general rules apply. The first rule, and the most important one, is “don’t panic.” When
In this video, A.B. shares four tips for improving your sound quality when recording with a smartphone, from choosing the best microphone to utilizing noise-reduction software. Whether you’re recording a YouTube video, a voice-over, a podcast, or a song, these tips and techniques will show you how to record great audio with your smartphone! Check back often for more informative videos from BandH.com.
COVID-19 has made work from home and school from home the norm in many places across the country. Some love it, and some hate it, but I think everyone can agree on one thing—trying to do your work with the kids home is sort of like trying to work in the middle of a dangerous construction site in which you are also required to serve beverages and other refreshments to a horde of very demanding, supposedly starving, jarringly loud construction workers on a tri-hourly basis. This kind of cacophonous nightmare can do a lot more damage than simply