by Mos Khan ·Posted 05/04/2023
Since its debut in 2021, Apple's M1 Max MacBook Pro has been a consistent top choice for creatives in every field. These chips are so efficient that despite M2 being readily available, Apple's M1-powered laptops have quite a ways to go before fading off into obsolescence. The M1 Max MacBooks are nothing to sneeze at and, in fact, outperform some of the current M2-powered offerings available.
0 Views ·Posted 05/23/2022
While the original RØDECaster Pro was a formidable podcast-focused production studio, RØDE’s release of the RØDECaster Pro II expands on the success of its predecessor with serious enhancements in sound, connectivity, and adaptability, pushing its feature set into attractive territory for livestreamers, gamers, and musically inclined content creators. This all-in-one solution makes “advanced” effortless with fluid workflows via a large
by Shawn C. Steiner ·Posted 11/12/2021
Musicians, podcasters, and other audio professionals need a laptop for all types of workflows. Whether it is jotting down notes for your next project, recording some music memos for a song idea, or even recording and editing an entire podcast, you will need a machine that is powerful and reliable. Enter the 14" and 16" MacBook Pros with M1 Pro and M1 Max chips. The computers bring a host of upgrades and a hard-to-believe boost to performance that will make all audio pros happy. B&H Recommends…
by Rosie Record ·Posted 11/20/2020
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
by Rosie Record ·Posted 03/27/2020
What is childhood? Now hum it. Most people wouldn’t know where to start, perhaps their mind would flicker to memories of nighttime lullabies or morning cartoons, but this is the kind of challenge film composers face daily. Logically, a good starting point would be a rudimentary happy or sad, then build from there. Happy is generally more upbeat, lighter instruments like guitar or piano, while sad is usually slower, deep-sounding instruments like the cello. But what does nostalgia sound like? Most things in life are not binary, happy or sad,
by Phillip Nichol… ·Posted 12/10/2019
Everything about the new Mac Pro tower makes a commanding statement, sending a clear message that Apple is ready to dominate the professional market once again. Not only is it engineered for ultimate performance, but its modular design empowers the demanding engineer with the freedom to customize and expand the Mac Pro effortlessly according to their unique needs. Whether you’re scoring soundtracks, producing chart-topping hits, or mixing on the dub stage for a feature film, the
by Jason T ·Posted 09/16/2019
Using technology the “wrong” way is at the heart of modern music. Artists have proven time and time again that when it comes to creativity in music, there are no rules. For example, the Roland TB-303 Bassline Synthesizer was originally marketed to solo guitar players as a way to simulate playing along with a real bass guitarist. But in practice, the unit didn’t sound much like a bass guitar, and didn’t do very well commercially. However,
by Phillip Nichol… ·Posted 01/22/2019
The world we live in keeps music makers on the move. Some days are spent in the studio, some on the road, and others dashing from gig to gig. If you program drums, make beats, or slice samples, it'd sure be nice to have a capable piece of gear that was travel friendly and studio ready. Enter the Model:Samples from Elektron! It's a sampler, six-track sequencer, controller, sound module, and more! Weighing just 1.8 pounds
882 Views ·Posted 10/18/2018
In this video, AB and the team investigate how choosing different music can change the emotion of your film. The short scenes in the video are played without music, then with a couple of different music examples to highlight this change in emotion. Check it out! We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative videos at BandH.com.
1,426 Views ·Posted 10/16/2018
Join AB and Doug Guerra as they discuss the different challenges and techniques with which one is faced when recording and mixing audio for video. They cover topics such as equipment choice, EQ, compression, room acoustics, and more, and there are in-depth demos with screen captures that show how to go from an initial draft to a completed product. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative videos at BandH.com.
by Nicholas Messitte ·Posted 08/29/2018
Say you’re a musician traveling on the road, or a producer—somebody who likes to make music from a laptop-based studio. You camp out at a hotel and program what you need to program, or mix what you need to mix. Eventually, you’ll run into problems. The files you’re working on will require more space than your laptop allows. Or, you’ll run a lot of samples and virtual instruments, both of which tend to run more smoothly on an external drive. Even if you can fit all your projects on a laptop, you can’t forget about backup—the threat of losing
42 Views ·Posted 08/16/2018
Since the introduction of the iPhone in 2007, smartphones have surged in popularity as tools for content creators. They are now mobile production studios, providing creators a platform to create, edit and distribute content. Whether you’re a podcaster, vlogger, filmmaker or journalist, smartphones allow you to record anywhere, immediately. In this B&H Event Space video, sponsored by Samson, Sean Meagher, Samson’s director of marketing, talks about the evolution of digital storytelling and mobile techniques, and discusses the latest in
by Phillip Nichol… ·Posted 05/17/2018
Adhering to proper Internet protocol, the world of online surfers flipped their tops and became obsessed with a new magnificent mystery, an audio clip of a single word. What word? Well, supposedly it was Laurel… or was it Yanny? Everyone from conspiracy theorists to arm-chair quarterbacks weighed in, but it was the audio experts who gleefully separated the chaos from the science. Each word we speak has unique timbre and envelope properties. Some words like "stick" sound short and sibilant, while others like "umbrella" sound long and full.
by Nicholas Messitte ·Posted 06/18/2018
So, you want to get into mastering, and you’ve found yourself here. Welcome. Soon we will cover topics like compression and limiting—mayhaps, monitoring and room treatment to boot—but first, we’re going to give you a few insights into a process with tons of tonal impact on the final master. I speak, of course, of equalization. The General Approach It is often said that EQ adjustments in the realm of mastering are usually subtle. If you watch a tutorial or stand over the shoulder of a mastering engineer, you’ll frequently notice minute changes
by Phillip Nichol… ·Posted 03/20/2018
Part 1 of Little Things That Make the Song Big laid out some important considerations about song structure, section lengths, choice of instrumentation, and how they change the impact of songs. In Part 2, the focus will be on instrument- and pitch-specific alterations, tempo, groove, and mixing tips. Moving forward, always remind yourself that these elements form a somewhat fragile musical ecosystem. Though identifiable as