Friday, February 21st, 2014 | by matthew mcglynn
The Fall 2013 AES show introduced a handful of fantastic new microphones. This recap of same is a bit delinquent, coming after the 2014 NAMM show, but serves both to highlight some worthy products, and to illustrate an interesting difference between these two trade shows: the AES convention brings out all the little boutique manufacturers, who most often are the ones making the most exciting gear. (more…)
Monday, February 10th, 2014 | by Tony SanFilippo
I jumped at the chance to review AKG’s latest dynamic mic, the D12 VR. I own a vintage D12e and I was quite curious about this mic. As many of you know the original D12 capsules are no longer available, so repairing a vintage model isn’t always an option. The new D12VR isn’t the same mic, though it does have some resemblances to the vintage model, both in looks and sound. I think the name D12VR (“Vintage Sound Reissue”) is a bit of a misnomer; as this is a new mic with a nod to a past model, maybe VR should mean “Vintage Re-imagination.” The original transformer is used in the new mic but there are many new, modern and pretty cool things going on. (more…)
Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 | by matthew mcglynn
My pal Peterson Goodwyn of DIY Recording Equipment is launching one of the coolest new audio products I’ve seen in a long time. Read on for the inside scoop on the Colour. It puts three stages of analog saturation into a shockingly affordable 500-series device. It might just be the perfect tool for taking the sterile out of your digital recording. (more…)
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…)