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by Andrew Eisele · Posted 08/29/2023
We’re heading into the final stretch of 2023 and synth manufacturers have been busy with new and updated models that offer sonic inspiration. With so many choices, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. In this buying guide, we’ll demystify some of the latest synthesizer technology and find that perfect instrument for you or a loved one that fits any budget. Synthesizers have been around for more than 60 years and, as much as technology progresses, we still find the same basic analog subtractive synthesis principles used for most synthesizer designs.
by Andrew Eisele · Posted 08/24/2023
MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) is a programming language that connects a wide variety of electronic musical instruments, computers, and related devices for playing, editing, and recording music. When we record with MIDI, we are capturing the performance of how an instrument was played, not the audio waveforms produced by the instrument. This has many benefits because we can add notes, edit velocities, correct the performance, or change the sound of the instrument altogether. MIDI controllers are the devices we use to create a
by Trevor Collins · Posted 08/24/2023
It’s an undeniable fact that Zoom has established itself as one of the preeminent figures in modern content creation, with versatile and intuitive products designed to make the creation process easier. Riding this trend, Zoom is announcing the release of a new compact shotgun microphone that will capture high-quality audio in a variety of shooting scenarios with minimal effort. Enter the ZSG-1 On-Camera Shotgun Microphone.
by Phillip Nichol… · Posted 08/23/2023
Finding solid headphones for general-purpose listening isn’t too difficult, but homing in on purpose-built cans that are optimal for drummers, vocalists, and audio engineers is a challenge on its own level. With the staggering number of headphones on the market, it can be difficult to filter your options and remain confident that you’re getting closer to a good choice. Wireless, wired, in-ear, on-ear, over-ear, open-back, closed-back, etc.… there are so many types and models to sort through. So, maybe instead of scrolling through hundreds of
by Andrew Eisele · Posted 08/22/2023
Arturia has been producing quality musical instruments and software plug-ins for nearly 20 years. The brand endeavors to create comprehensive hands-on hardware and software for an intuitive music-making experience that sparks creativity. When I was asked to review Arturia’s latest budget controller and software, KeyLab Essential mk3, I welcomed the opportunity. For a budget controller, you could not do better, because
by Trevor Collins · Posted 08/21/2023
Another day, another exciting new product announcement from RØDE. Designed to make mobile content creation easier than ever before, Wireless Pro is one of the most compact microphone systems ever, combining state-of-the-art Series IV 2.4 GHz digital transmission with 40 hours of internal memory for an all-in-one recording system that will take your productions to a new plateau.
by Trevor Collins · Posted 08/17/2023
With the holidays fast approaching, now is a great time to spice up your home studio with some delectable new gear. And what could make a bigger difference than a brand-new microphone? A good microphone can make or break a production, so it’s always vital to have a quality mic in your toolbox for addressing whatever recording scenario you might encounter. That’s why we’ve saved you some time and assembled a list of the best recording microphones on the market, as of 2023. So, without further ado, let’s dive in! Microphone Introduction Before
by Robert Rives · Posted 08/15/2023
If you’ve been looking for a quick and easy way to use your favorite XLR microphone for streaming or podcasting duties, then you’ll be very interested in Shure’s new MVX2U. It is an XLR-to-USB interface that provides up to 60 dB of gain and optional 48V phantom power to condenser microphones. The MVX2U is easy for anyone to use and offers customizable control via the Motive app.
by Eric Calvi · Posted 08/10/2023
When it comes to playing the piano or keyboard, having the right equipment can greatly enhance your playing experience. While much attention is often given to the instrument itself, the importance of choosing the right piano stand and bench should not be underestimated. These essential accessories provide stability, comfort, and proper playing height, all of which are crucial for correct posture and musical enjoyment during long hours of practice and performance. With a wide variety of options available, it's important to understand the
by Trevor Collins · Posted 08/10/2023
So, you want to build a home studio? There is no better time than the present to start accumulating your gear and capitalizing on holiday savings. After all, building any studio can be an expensive proposition. But don’t let it stress you out―as usual, B&H is here to walk you through the basics and help you decide what essential equipment you need, why you need it, and what you should be looking for when you begin your shopping spree. So, let’s begin! Audio Interfaces The first item you should consider when setting up your home studio is