In Part 1, we told you how to install the headshell and counterweight, and how to balance the tone arm. Now it’s time to set the stylus tracking force. Setting the force properly will keep the stylus from skipping out of the record groove at especially dynamic musical passages (too little force) and prevent excessive wear to stylus and records (too much force).
The AT-LP120-USB Turntable is a professional direct-drive turntable with both analog and USB connection capability, so you can use it with all standard audio equipment or plug it directly into your computer. But make no mistake, this isn’t just a tool to transfer records to MP3s – it’s loaded with all the tools you’d expect from a professional turntable, including adjustable tone arm and pitch control, ½-inch Dual Magnet™ cartridge, three speeds (33/45/78), DJ functionality and more.
In all seriousness, Audio-Technica wants to see where you’re going this summer (and what you’re hearing when you get there). It’s a simple process: just print out a copy of #ATMicMan, take him with you and snap a photo of him at your destination.
As we started to plan our last few summer concerts and nights making s’mores over the fire, we had to catch our breath at the thought that summer will actually be over soon.
But fear not! You can return to school this September in style. There’s no better motivation to get back to your studies than having a new pair of headphones to continue to play your favorite summer jams.
Not sure what headphones will work best? No problem! From in-ear headphones for those on the move to award-winning noise-cancelling technology to drown out your roommate’s snoring, here’s our guide for picking your new headphones.
Michael Abbott is an audio mixer and producer for television. For the past 25 years, he has worked in some capacity with the Grammys, the last 12 of those years spent as the prestigious awards show’s audio coordinator. He has also worked on The Voice, Shark Tank, The X Factor, and many more shows.
As part of our Ask Me Anything series from NAB 2014, Michael agreed to answer some questions from the audience and via twitter. Here are some highlights from Michael Abbott’s session with Audio-Technica.
Award-winning producers, engineers and musicians everywhere have come to rely on Audio-Technica’s 40 Series studio microphones for their superior, dependable performance. They turn to these mics again and again for a sonic consistency that’s hard to find elsewhere.
Each of these microphones is individually tested and inspected for 100 percent quality assurance. If it doesn’t pass, we don’t sell it, simple as that. We’d like to talk about a couple of our 40 Series mics in detail to give you an inside look.
Robert Bigelow’s Tips on Mid-Side Mic Recording
While hardly a new technique, many engineers shun mid-side because they don’t know how to properly execute this technique. Luckily for us, veteran sound mixer/editor Robert Bigelow does, and he was on hand to show attendees how it’s done.
Mid-side microphone recording is used primarily for capturing ambient sounds and live music. It permits a wide array of stereo field sizes, much wider than with a single stereo microphone. Mid-side lets the engineer make the stereo field as wide or as narrow as desired. Here’s how it works.
Lavalier microphones are smaller electret or dynamic mics used for public speaking, television, theater and film applications.
Fred Ginsburg is a veteran sound mixer and educator known for his work on television and film. From the Audio-Technica booth at NAB 2014, Ginsburg delivered an informative lecture on the best practices for using lavalier mics. Here is a summary of what we learned.