Monday, November 25th, 2013 | by Stevie Adamek
Any recorded track lives or dies on the vocal: how it was recorded, how the emotion was portrayed by the singer and how the vocal sits in the track. Let’s explore how a producer, engineer and/or band can best serve the singer for maximum effect! (more…)
Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 | by matthew mcglynn
The third week of the studio remodel took, erm, three weeks. But I’m writing this update from the room in question! That means it has power, lights, and Internet. So that’s something.
Oh, you were expecting acoustic treatment and, I don’t know, microphones and instruments and stuff? Sadly, we’ll need another month before we get to any of that. (more…)
Friday, October 11th, 2013 | by Kyle Snyder
D.W. Fearn is a phenomenally talented and humble individual with many related interests. We’re tremendously lucky that one of them happens to be high fidelity audio. Douglas got his start tapping out Morse code, a passion he still holds to this day, and that is one of many ways his meticulous design nature can be seen in his everyday life. This precision can be seen throughout our visit with Fearn: in the metalwork and paint for the iconic red faceplates, in his passion for flight, and in Doug’s insistence on building products that he would want to use on a regular basis. (more…)
Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 | by matthew mcglynn
We’ve completed the second week of the studio remodel. The room has taken shape. Many hours have been spent hanging sheetrock and taping joints; the walls now have about 16x more mass than before!
But I’m getting ahead of myself… If you haven’t seen it already, get the backstory in part I of the studio remodel.
I want to describe my intentions for this room, too, because “studio” means different things to different people. (more…)
Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 | by matthew mcglynn
Our recent move to a new house brought a fantastic opportunity: building a new project studio.
As far as I can tell, “manufactured home” is a fancy realtor word for doublewide.
Insert your favorite trailer joke here. I don’t mind.
Wednesday, July 31st, 2013 | by Jon Mattox
I like great sounding microphones. And I especially like great sounding microphones that are versatile, and work well on many different sound sources. The Vintage 11 by JZ Microphones is one such microphone.
The Vintage 11 is a large diaphragm condenser that indeed has a unique “vintage” sound do it. Not by duplicating the design of an old European model, but by creating a modern design in a class of its own. The unique look of the Vintage 11 further conveys that this microphone is not attempting to copy an old Neumann, Telefunken, or AKG mic.
I’ve had the opportunity to test the Vintage 11 extensively in my recording studio on a wide variety of instruments and applications. Being able to test out new gear in one’s own studio is ultimately the best way to evaluate how well a new piece gear works. (more…)
Sunday, July 28th, 2013 | by matthew mcglynn
Your microphone doesn’t only hear your voice. It also hears your room.
Few things annoy me more, when listening to a podcast, voiceover, or vocal track, than a crappy-sounding room. You can’t fix a lousy room sound in the mix! That’s why professional studios usually have a vocal booth or isolation booth of some sort. It’s a room that is lined with sound-absorbing materials. A vocal booth could be anything from a closet lined with packing blankets to an engineered space that acts like a sonic black hole.
Low-cost methods can work. But, needless to say, you need a space first. Sometimes circumstances just don’t allow for a booth.
Or do they? I wonder if you’ve overlooked an excellent vocal booth that you already own? (more…)
Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 | by Randy Coppinger
Most of what can be said about the Audio-Technica AT5040 depends on the voice we are hearing and the other microphone with which we were comparing it. Listening to several voices and against several microphones was far more informative than the usual head-to-head “shootout” with a single sound source. I have been claiming for years that there is no single “best” microphone for every situation; this broad sampling is further evidence of that claim. (more…)
Sunday, July 7th, 2013 | by matthew mcglynn
Three months ago I lamented the demise of the most popular mic mod platform, when the MCA SP-1 began shipping with a surface-mount circuit board. I spent many weeks since then researching inexpensive condenser mics — and buying a closet full of them from Ebay — and now I’m ready to name the heir to the SP-1’s throne. (more…)
Thursday, June 6th, 2013 | by Adam Kagan
Audio-Technica consistently, and perhaps too quietly, produces high-quality microphones, headphones, mixers and other accessories. In my experience, A-T products often outperform their competitor’s products at the same price-point, but Audio-Technica, for some reason, doesn’t have the caché of other top brands. I have some A-T 40 Series microphones that have been in my locker for over 20 years — certainly since before I really knew what I was buying. Over time, my taste and understanding of microphones has grown, and the Audio-Technica microphones have held their value and prominence in my daily use. That alone says a lot about what kind of products A-T makes. Over the years, A-T has expanded their microphone line both upward and downward, to include ribbon mics, tube mics and limited edition models, as well as low-priced USB microphones aimed at podcasters.
Most recently, Audio-Technica debuted the AT5040 large-diaphragm condenser microphone. This mic employs some new technologies and features that will, no doubt, find their way into many upcoming microphones.