Nicholas Messitte

Nicholas Messitte

Nick Messitte is a writer / composer / engineer / multi-instrumentalist based in Brooklyn, New York. Some of his credits include Edfringe's Get Got (music and lyrics) and the short story Hills and Valleys (winner of the Henry Roth Award for Excellence in Fiction). Since 2013, Nick has been a contributing writer to Forbes.com and Forbes magazine. His engineering experience ranges from musical theater (Get Got, Voiceless), to indie rock (Bulletproof Stockings, Empire State Express, Prince Hal), to jazz (Eliot Cardinaux). As a musician, he’s played with respected singer/songwriters (Hawksley Workman) and jazz greats (Sam Rivers).

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In the era of social distancing, it may seem hard for songwriters and producers to collaborate from their houses. But remote collaboration is not new: just last fall, Robbie Robertson re-recorded his band’s classic hit, “The Weight,” with a globe-trotting lineup of musicians; almost 20 years ago, The Postal Service got its band name from its method of collaboration: its prominent members traded...
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If you love noise-canceling headphones or true-wireless earphones, Shure has some exciting new products for you—products we’re proud to carry at B&H. Whether you want to blanket your ears in a calming veil of noise-reduction, or enjoy Shure’s patented, sound-isolating earphones in a true-wireless form-factor, Shure has you covered in its...
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You know, it’s quite hard to busk if your instrument of choice is a dozen or so eurorack modules; or rather, it used to be hard to perform out of doors. Now, with the Polyend Anywhere, the problem has been solved....
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Hey, you’re a video person. All you know is the video don’t sound good. Something’s off—but who knows what! Well, read this article, and you will. Or more accurately, you’ll have some tools for identifying what sounds off as you practice your craft. With some time and patience, you’ll get the hang of fixing the issue yourself. Here are eight tips to help you. 1. Get Familiar with the GUI of an...
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If you're a discerning mixing engineer on a budget, consider the PreSonus Eris E7 XT Active Studio Monitors, a pair of nearfield monitors designed to sound good in any location. Tune each monitor to your specific environment with a bevy of convenient acoustical features, and drive the sound loud and...
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For those of you with more sophisticated wireless needs, check out these items from Professional Wireless Systems, now available at B&H. You may be looking to orchestrate wireless sound for large concert venues, or for multi-room...
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The Vocoder is such a classic sound that many renowned software companies try their darnedest to recreate this one-of-a-kind effect digitally. However, for some discerning ears, only the original will suffice; now, these discerning ears can purchase the original unit: The Moog 16...
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For the first time, Focusrite’s classic preamp designs can be integrated into Dante audio-over-ethernet systems, thanks to three new pieces of gear: The Focusrite Pro ISA 828 MkII eight-channel mic preamp, the...
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When the people at Austrian Audio say they have a killer line of headphones for professional engineers, you should believe them: this company comprises 22 employees, who used to be the lifeblood of AKG’s Vienna offices. And indeed, their HI-X line of headphones, released at NAMM 2020, seems to be a formidable series of open-backed closed-ear cans, indeed. Consider the drivers, which measure 44mm...
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Waves has an exciting new product out for vocal performers and music producers of every stripe. It’s called OVox Vocal ReSynthesis, and it works on both vocals and instruments to transform the mundane into the spectacular! Add vocoder and talk-box effects to your voice, or place the processor on any instrument to create cool, synth-like, gating effects. With multiple sounds and multiple kinds of...
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Steven Slate is known for many things—creating industry-leading drum samples, fashioning world-class analog emulations—but a sleekly modern, 24-band EQ isn’t one of them. On Janurary 16, 2020, that changes: Slate Digital announced its new Infinity EQ, and we here at B&H are excited to carry it as soon as it becomes available. It is sure to be a boon for any mixing engineer who wants analog...
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Geddy Lee is one of rock’s most legendary and Canadian bass players, with a tone that can’t be beat. But then again, there’s that old saying—if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em: now, with the Geddy Lee GED-2112 Signature SansAmp, you can do just that; you can take one step closer to his tone. This pedal successfully distills racks upon racks of Lee’s gear into a simple stompbox form factor. The pedal...
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IK Multimedia is giving electric guitar players new ways to purify and capture their beloved guitar tones. This NAMM season, the company is releasing a new buffer boost preamp pedal, DI box, mobile interface, and USB audio interface, all with killer controls and killer tone. First on the docket are the...
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You're in luck if you're a guitarist, synthesizer player, hobbyist keyboardist, professional keyboard player, live-sound engineer, or headphone-using DJ, because Korg has a bevy of new products available for you—and you can see them directly by clicking this link. There are so many products to cover, so let’s get started without any...
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Lugging around one VOX amp, much less eleven, would be a hellish enterprise for guitar players in the olden days. So it’s a good thing VOX is releasing the Cambridge 50, a tube-powered modeling amp that gives you eleven classic VOX tones in a single combo-amp housing—a housing that...
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