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The Critical Difference Between Gain and Volume

Let’s say you’re at a show or rehearsal and you turn to your amp, or perhaps your mixer, and you need to make something louder. You’ll more than likely be confronted by a set of knobs or maybe even a fader that might have any of the following labels: gain, trim, level, volume, master, or […]Read More »

Watch the Studio One 3 Launch Webcasts From PreSonus

Well the news is finally out, the next standard in creative music production, Studio One 3 is now available. PreSonus has launched the new version of Studio One with a series of three epic webcasts. Version 3 is a massive release. There’s so much to say about it that each webcast is a little different. Each webcast features a live demonstration […]Read More »

BUYER’S GUIDE: 6 Things You Need to Know Before Buying a Tape Machine

WHAT TO WORRY ABOUT Skip a lot of heartache and get a “modern” tape machine – something post 1975-ish (this varies depending on manufacturer) and that is a professional-grade machine.  These will have all the features you need to make recordings, and were built to be repaired, aligned, and heavily used.  They also tend to […]Read More »

Why Ditching Your DAW & Going Analog Renews Studio Focus

The Howling Tongues Get Blown Away By Analog Tape We recorded our debut album to 2” tape on a 24-track Studer at Sound Emporium in Nashville, TN. That whole experience opened our eyes – we weren’t staring at a computer screen and we were thrown into the fire. We weren’t editing, adjusting, shifting, nudging, cutting; […]Read More »

How To Successfully Achieve Analog Warmth With Digital Tape Plug-Ins

AND THEN THERE WAS PRO TOOLS… Recording has been a part of my life for more than 35 years. I started in the analog tape world, and I’m still in the analog tape world at the studio that I work at. I was introduced to digital recording in 1982 with a Sony PCM-F1, so I […]Read More »

GEAR REVIEW: VocoPro UHF-8900 Wireless Mic System

VocoPro UHF-8900 Wireless Mic System – $1199 PROS: Easy setup, complete package. CONS: Mic casings could be a bit more rugged. Wireless systems were once a luxury only high end artists could afford. If multiple performers each needed a wireless mic, the price and complexity would go through the roof. VocoPro has brought the size […]Read More »

GEAR REVIEW: Ear Trumpet Labs Louise Microphone

Ear Trumpet Labs Louise Microphone – $499 PROS: Well made, consistently great sound quality. CONS: Slightly expensive, retro design might that not be for everyone. Ear Trumpet Labs blend the old school aesthetic with modern construction and electronics. Back in January 2013, we got to check out their Edwina condenser microphone (and loved it). Now […]Read More »

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