Nine Hacks to Faster Audio Skill Growth

If you're like me, you develop a new interest in something and immediately try learning everything you can.  There are good ways to do this and bad ways.  Those good ones go beyond reading books, watching videos, whatever type of standard one-way learning you like.  And it's those added steps I'm listing today. You might be surprised to know these hacks aren't just for newbies.  Any audio tech ...

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How to Use Compression

Sometimes musicians just get too loud!

Before I found compression, my life was empty and void.  Now that I have it, I feel so alive and...ok, so compression isn't THAT amazing but if you've got it, you should learn how and when to use it. What is compression? Audio compression is the process of reducing the dynamic range of a sound.  This compression occurs when the volume level signal exceeds a specified level.  In practical terms, ...

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Audio Gear Picks from 2015

It's time to look back at the trends, innovations, and overall audio gear that's come out in 2015 (or is worthy of the spotlight).  There's a lot of great gear, decent gear, and crappy gear.  There are cool gadgets and gadgets that only look cool.  Here's the list of what we think's worth consideration. Along with myself and Brian, Beau Brown and several other techs have contributed their ...

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How to Mix a Solo Musician

I heard a surprising statistic the other day; at one point in the 1980’s, five of the acts on the Top 40 radio charts were solo acts that came from successful bands. Glen Frey (Eagles), Lionel Richie (Commodores), and Diana Ross (The Supremes) are three I remember. When it comes to live audio, a solo act means something entirely different and mixing them brings new options. The other week, I ...

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New Radial Bluetooth DI and 4-Channel Audio Snake (via Cat-5)

Radial introduces Catapult 4 Channel Audio Snake and BT-Pro Bluetooth Direct Box Radial is like Taco Bell. The restaurant franchise cranks out new variations of meat, beans, rice, and vegetables in surprising ways and Radial is no different. How many ways can you transform audio signals? Two more, according to the latest press releases. BT-Pro The first offering is the BT-Pro Bluetooth ...

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