Pro Audio

by Julius Richmond ·Posted 05/04/2022
A bunch of my peers scoffed when the YouTube videos for Waves Clarity Vx dropped, and so did I. There was no way this simple-looking noise-reduction plug-in could compete with iZotope RX, right? Then I downloaded the plug-in to see what it was all about, and I
by Eric Calvi ·Posted 04/05/2022
Dedicated to developing hardware that removes the barriers to creativity for artists and music producers, Novation has introduced its newest range of MIDI keyboard controllers. Say hello to FLkey Mini and FLkey 37, the first MIDI keyboard
by Nicholas Messitte ·Posted 01/16/2020
It’s NAMM 2020, and renowned manufacturer Mackie is up to some new tricks, this time giving us a whole studio’s worth of gear, dropping at one convention. Revamping its CR series of monitors—and adding more microphones and headphones into the mix—2020 looks to be a bright year for the company. Let us enumerate exactly how. First on the block are the new entrants in the CR series. As you can see from the picture, which will surely be reproduced below (or above), these CR monitors—
by Nicholas Messitte ·Posted 01/09/2020
If you run sound for medium-sized live shows, houses of worship, and similar venues, getting a good sound just got a whole lot easier: Mackie just released new active loudspeakers that are durable, tunable, insanely powerful, sonically accurate, and quite easy-to-use. These speakers even stream audio over Bluetooth! Dubbed the V-Class SRM Powered Loudspeakers, each speaker pushes 2000W of power—which is a resounding amount of sound. Their class-D amplifier circuits offer transparent limiting at the loudest levels, so you never have to suffer
by Nicholas Messitte ·Posted 01/08/2020
Every DJ has to start somewhere, but with the Numark DJG02, you don’t have to sound like it! This two-channel DJ controller streams your favorite songs right off of Spotify and Tidal, letting you manipulate each track with fancy, included DJ software automatically mapped to the controller. That software just happens to be Serato DJ Lite—so as you get the party thumping with the DJ602, you’ll also be giving yourself an education in the platform
by Nicholas Messitte ·Posted 12/09/2019
In 1969, one man developed a diode-bridge compressor for a television station’s mixing console—and wound up changing the world of audio, giving us a much-loved unit that added weight, density, and punch on countless hits since. In 2019, one company takes this design and amps it up for our new millennium. That’s right—Heritage Audio is releasing its HA-609A Dual-Channel Bus Compressor and Limiter, and, unlike other
by Nicholas Messitte ·Posted 11/06/2019
So, your dad plays guitar. Also, it’s time to get him a gift. Don’t let these things be mutually exclusive! Get him a pedal he’ll love, or a tool he needs. Read on for some guitaristic ideas for your axe-swinging dad. 1. The Electro-Harmonix MEL9 Buy dad the MEL9 Pedal for two reasons. First, Electro-Harmonix is a wonderful manufacturer of guitar pedals, and these days they’ve been issuing incredible new designs as well as updates to
by Staff Writer ·Posted 10/23/2019
The NTG series from RØDE Microphones holds particular esteem in the film, audio for video, and radio worlds. Now, B&H is proud to help launch a new shotgun microphone to the fold, the NTG5 Moisture-Resistant Short Shotgun Microphone. Fitting into the series as a smaller and lighter entry than the NTG3, the NTG5 is perfect for
by Staff Writer ·Posted 10/22/2019
It’s fall, and you know what that means: Universal Audio has some new, exciting interfaces. Okay, that’s not what fall means, but Universal Audio still has these great pro audio interfaces, and we here at B&H are proud to carry them. First up is an all-new take on the Apollo Twin. Called the Apollo Twin X, this unit is a 10 x 6 interface communicating with computers over Thunderbolt™ 3 connections; now, if you use the Apollo Twin X with a MacBook Pro, there’s a chance you don’t have to buy a separate adapter! More important are the AD/DA—
by Staff Writer ·Posted 10/16/2019
AKG has a released the AKG Lyra USB microphone, with a sleek, retro look and a future-oriented application. If you’re making YouTube content, Twitch videos, podcasts, or records, this mic is just thing for looking like a consummate professional—and, more importantly, sounding like one, too. The AKG Lyra mic gives you 192 kHz recording at 24-bit, doing so in a way compatible with the standards of 4K video projects. The microphone itself offers
by Nicholas Messitte ·Posted 09/02/2019
Let’s talk about the Tape Sync. It’s a term you may not know if you work in music or film. However, the Tape Sync is a good gig in the radio and podcast work, because it can supplement your income, especially during relatively slow weeks. “Tape Sync” is a technical term for a remote interview. If you listen to talk radio, often you’ll hear your favorite host interview a guest. They sound like they’re sitting in the same room—but frequently, they are not. Sure, the host was in the studio, but the guest was hundreds of miles away. How does it
by Nicholas Messitte ·Posted 09/06/2019
Podcasting? Recording music? Need to get good audio for film? One company has your back in the fight for great-sounding audio everywhere. That company is… Zoom. However, Zoom makes a lot of tools for recording, and it can be hard to know which tool to get. So, we’re zooming in on some Zoom models to give you Zoomers (and Boomers, and Millennials—but Zoomers fits with the wordplay here, so let’s go with it) a guide. If you’re podcasting, recording music, or capturing film audio, read on to see which Zoom is right for you. Podcasting Whichever
by Nicholas Messitte ·Posted 05/30/2019
Binaural recording: it's been hovering around the fringes of pro and semi-pro audio for quite some time. But now the zeitgeist is shifting. Formats such as ASMR, which makes regular use of binaural recording, are now enjoyed in wider and wider circles. And of course, with the popularity of immersive media, audio engineers are free to explore the stereo field in exciting ways. It's not surprising to see new binaural-recording products hit the marketplace. As "wearable tech" is a buzzword buoyant enough to float a startup, it's equally
by Staff Writer ·Posted 05/22/2019
Fresh on the scene and a welcome sight, the new Zoom F6 Multi-Track Field Recorder is the latest in the company's heralded F series. Zoom is among the best in the industry for portable, powerful audio recording solutions that appeal to filmmakers, audio mixers, and VR/AR recordists, and the F6 is no exception. With its clever integration of 32-bit float technology, it even blazes a new trail into the world of high-resolution recording.
by Nicholas Messitte ·Posted 01/24/2019
Slate Digital is famous for its analog emulative software but, at NAMM 2019, the company will unveil the next generation of a famed piece of hardware—the Raven. Already home in many commercial and project studios alike, the Raven reimagined the analog mixing board as a sort of tablet, providing a tactile experience for the modern, knobless world. With the Slate Raven MTZ, users will experience a 43" projective-capacitance, no-bezel