At Audio-Technica, we know there’s more than one way to enjoy a good song. When you hear certain tunes, they change you.
There’s something about the mix, the melody, the singer, the drummer, the synth – whatever that unnamed something is – they leave you a different person once the song has ended. Put simply, music inspires. And many music lovers are driven to represent that inspiration visually. So, let’s see what you got – show us your sound!
Audio-Technica M-Series headphones have enlightened experienced engineers and critical listeners alike since the original ATH-M50 headphones first hit the scene.
Today, the M-Series boasts a remastered version of the original M50, plus three other pro-grade headphones to choose from. If you’re thinking about jumping into the world of serious studio monitor headphones, we encourage you to take the plunge with one of our new M-Series models. Below we reveal what sets our M-Series apart.
The annual National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show is the largest B2B media company conference.
We showcased our professional audio products and also provided some key learning channels at NAB 2014. Join us now for a review of our “Ask Me Anything” sessions, where the live NAB audience and those following on Twitter asked experts questions about sound engineering. First up, Lenise Bent.
The Backup Plan
This is the fourth installment in guest blogger Ryan Hewitt’s series on recording. Today he discusses the value of backup plans. If you missed his last post on staying to get the job done, you can read it here.
Have you ever meticulously planned out your recording setup only to use absolutely none of the equipment you thought you’d want to use? Yeah, me too.
Ryan Hewitt, Always In Record. (Photo: Ryan Hewitt/Facebook)
This is the third installment in guest blogger Ryan Hewitt’s series on recording. Today he looks at what it takes to get the job done. If you missed his last post on default recording setups, you can read it here.
Working on remote trucks through the early stages of my career taught me many lessons that I live by today in the studio, one of which is that we don’t go home till the job is done.
Ryan mixing it up in the studio. (Photo: Ryan Hewitt/Facebook)
Using a single mic to record a group of vocalists allows the singers to control their blend and balance more naturally than if they were recorded individually. The result can be a richer, more organic sound.
With that in mind, we’ve put together a few tips that will help you record a small vocal group as a single unit.
1. Figure 8 Pickup Pattern with Two Vocalists
Using an AT4047MP multi-pattern condenser microphone set to figure 8 will allow you to record two singers with one mic. Place a singer on each side of the mic. The front and rear half of the mic act as if there were two cardioid elements in one housing back-to-back. The balance of the vocalists can be controlled by adjusting their relative distance from the mic.
The human voice is the most complex, most dynamic instrument you will ever record. Lead vocals are the centerpiece of most tracks, though they may be the most difficult to nail in the recording process.
Below, you’ll find everything you need to know to capture vocals during the recording process.
1. Reduce Ambience and Plosives
Before you can capture the ideal vocal sound, you have to make sure that you don’t capture excessive ambience and plosives.
a. Plosives are bursts of air that can be created when singing or speaking consonants, especially p’s and b’s. Place a pop filter between the singer and mic to prevent the bursts of air from distorting the sound.
This is the second installment in guest blogger Ryan Hewitt’s series on recording. Today he discusses the pros and cons of default settings. If you missed his initial post about being “always in record,” you can read it here.
When you open a plugin these days, you get the “default setting;” all controls set to something “normal,” or unaffected, or something the maker deems a worthy place to start from.
Ryan in the studio. (Photo: Victoria Perova)
Recording voice-overs, podcasts and other types of spoken word has its own unique set of demands. However, it’s still possible to capture professional quality sound without spending a fortune. Below, Audio-Technica has a few helpful bits of advice to get you started.
1. The Microphone
For voice-over and spoken word, the most important link in the signal chain is the microphone. Try an AT2020 USB cardioid condenser microphone. This microphone not only sounds great, but the USB output allows you to bypass an audio interface and plug directly into your computer where the digital signal can be recorded and mixed using your favorite recording software.
This is the first installment in guest blogger Ryan Hewitt’s “Always in Record” series, which will cover various aspects of the recording experience from an engineer’s perspective. Today Ryan discusses the inspiration for the series title and why, indeed, it is important to be “always in record.”
Ryan Hewitt at home in the studio. (Photo: Victoria Perova)