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.
For those in the broadcast field, check out the Whirlwind THS series of sports announcer boxes. Each is equipped with different variations of talkback, as well as left and right headphone panning and amplification. These are a must have for anybody announcing in front of a live audience or podcast.
We recently wrote this article for AMS on the most popular types of microphones. Microphones are like paint brushes. You need different tools for different jobs. The technical make-up of each type of microphone and the technology it uses to translate your voice or instrument varies greatly. Learn the basics of microphone types, polar patterns and more. This will help you craft the sound you seek.
Whirlwind is a Rochester, NY based company that specializes in American-made, pro audio solutions. They created the world's first direct box. Engineers everywhere have Whirlwind gear in their tool boxes. The MIP series (Media Input Plates) are the perfect solution for permanent audio installation with balanced signals.
In this video we go through all the features of the MIP1, MIP2, MIP3, MIP4, MIP5, MIP6, MIP7, MIPAI, and MIPAO.
In this article we talk about tips for recording guitars, bass, drums and vocals. Learn about the types of microphones you'll need, different recording techniques, and how to use the room to get the best sound.
In this article we explain the basic science behind recording with a microphone. Key terms are explored as well as techniques for using mics. You'll also find info on stereo recording techniques such as XY, A/B, and ORTF.
TrainingSnacks was present at the NAMM convention in Anaheim, CA and found some real intriguing gear! Here's a small sampling of some of the cool stuff such as the Akai MPC-X, Dave Smith/Pioneer SP-16, and Genelec 1237 monitors.
In this video we take a quick look at the gorgeous touch-screen interface on Allen & Heath's dLive. This digital console is taking the world by storm. This short video shows how the i/o is completely customizable. More videos to come.