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Audio Solutions Question of the Week: Can I Remove the Power Module from my Microphone?

Question: Can I remove the power module from my microphone?

Answer: If a microphone includes a power module, then the power module is absolutely a necessary component for wired operation. The power module cannot be bypassed by reterminating the microphone with just an XLR connector. By doing so, you will cause damage to the microphone when phantom power is applied. Also, removing the power module will void your warranty.

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An Interview with Joe Chiccarelli at the AES Show 2014

On day two of our Ask Me Anything Livestream Events at AES 2014 we sat down with GRAMMY Award-winning producer/engineer Joe Chiccarelli.

Joe Chiccarelli started his career as a musician and then, as many in the business do, became an assistant engineer, in Los Angeles. While working in the studio, Chiccarelli was given the chance of a lifetime to act as the lead engineer on Frank Zappa’s “Sheik Yerbouti” album, when Zappa’s regular engineer was unavailable for the recording. Zappa liked what he heard, and asked Chiccarelli to engineer several other albums in the coming years. And the rest is history.

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Audio Solutions Question of the Week: How Do I Prevent Microphone Feedback?

Question: How do I prevent microphone feedback?

Answer: Feedback, also known as the Larsen effect, occurs when the amplified sound from any loudspeaker reenters the sound system through an open microphone and is amplified again and again, causing a loop. We often tell customers that feedback is not the fault of the microphone because any microphone will feed back given the right conditions (or maybe in this context, wrong conditions). However, there are some steps that you can take to avoid or lessen the likelihood of feedback. Try some of these:

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Audio-Technica Hits the Streets at SXSW

audio-technica sxswSince the very beginning in 1987, the South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival (SXSW) has grown into one of the most heavily attended music and tech events in the United States.

The iconic music festival is held every year around mid-March in Austin, Texas. Musicians, music enthusiasts and more recently tech enthusiasts from all over the world come together to celebrate music, film and technology.

SXSW is a whirlwind event, there’s truly nothing else like it and our team is eager to hit the streets of Austin for this year’s show!

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Audio Solutions Question of the Week: I’m Hearing a Delay With My USB Audio Device, Is This Normal?

Question: I’m hearing a delay with my USB Audio Device, is this normal?

Answer: When using a digital audio device, such as a USB microphone, you might experience a delay from the time you speak into the microphone to the time you hear the audio come out of the computer speakers or headphones. When you speak into a USB microphone, the analog signal picked up by the microphone element needs to be converted into a digital signal that your computer can read. Once your computer reads that signal, it needs to be converted back to analog in order to be heard through speakers or headphones.

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