Are you looking to buy a microphone? Whether you're a singer, musician, or just in charge of buying the equipment, buying a microphone can be a daunting task. There are so many to choose from and they range from cheap to expensive. We put together this handy field guide to help you when buying your first microphone. This video is geared more towards live performance but studio performers will learn some basics as well.
We wrote this article for American Music Supply highlighting a bunch of awesome microphone tips. Learn about microphone placement, polar patterns, accessories and more! For example, did you know that multi-pattern condensers can have their top end response change drastically? Its worth trying different patterns if you're not happened with the high frequency response. Learn tips like this and more from our article.
We wrote this list of Live Sound Tips for American Music Supply's blog. Its designed to help you with mixing, signal flow, gain structuring, and power distribution. Please take a look at it and let us know if you have any live sound tips of your own!
Celebration of Technical Excellence and Creativity
Eventide has been honored with one of the most prestigious awards for a manufacturer of studio equipment. The NAMM TEC Awards show occurs every year at the same time as the convention by the same name. For 33 years the music industry have voted on their favorite gear of the year. Eventide has won TEC awards several times (H9, H9 Max) but this one is different.
The TEC Hall of Fame began in 2004. It was created as a way to honor audio products and innovations that have made significant contributions to the advancement of the craft. Products or innovations must be at least 10 years old to qualify. This year's inductees includes the 1857 Phonautograph, Tape Slap Echo, and the Eventide DDL 1745.
The 1745 was the world's first piece of digital studio gear, ever! Even the term "digital" was new. The protype of this unit may even predate the world's first digital clock. There were no LEDs, only incandescent bulbs. The DDL 1745 used a myriad of shift registers to delay signal.
Check out this video featuring Richard Factor, founder of Eventide, and producer/engineers Rod O'Brien, John Agnello and Stewart Lerman. They discuss the days before digital delay, and their experience with the first prototype. These interviews were taken from GearClub's amazing podcast. If you're an audio nerd, its a must-subscribe. Later on in the video, studio technician Susan Rogers talks of her fond experiences with Stephen Stills, Prince, the DDL 1745 and H3000. Coincidentally, the Eventide H3000 (as well as the H910) are also TEC HOF inductees.
We recently had the pleasure of working with the Strum Buddy. Its a 6-watt amplifier developed by Fluid Audio, a company known for their studio monitors. The Strum Buddy self-affixes to any type of electric guitar and powers on when you plug in the included cable. It boasts three on-board effects; reverb, chorus, and crunch.
The Strum Buddy is super easy to use, ultra-portable, and sounds dang good for its size!
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The mix engineer is a tough, thankless gig. We've compiled a list of tips for AMS to help you be more successful at the craft. Check out this article on being a successful monitor engineer.
In this article we wrote for AMS, we discuss 10 of our favorite microphones. You can never have too many mics. Think of them like paint brushes to artists. Serious guitarists will tell you they own more than 5 guitars. People new to recording may think that one microphone is sufficient but this is not true. Each microphone searches for, and captures sound differently. Check out our list which includes mics from Neumann, Blue, AKG, and Shure.
In this article we wrote for American Music Supply, we discuss Gain Staging. Regardless if you are a musician or an engineer, you need to know how to properly gain-stage your gear. This involves getting the right levels at each stage of your signal flow. Without a healthy signal at each step in your set-up, you risk the onset of unwanted noise. Read up to learn about headroom and how to properly set up your gear for improved signal-to-noise ratios.
We created some charts for American Musical Supply that demystify each of the different types of digital cables. If you've ever wondered which has the fastest transfer rate, or how many channels each is capable of, look no further!
We wrote this article for American Musical Supply for those looking to upgrade their live sound rig. The mixing console is the brain of the system, why not give it a higher IQ? We touch on digital signal processing, expandability, and recording features. Check it out and let us know what you think.