The Larry Estrin NAB 2014 Ask Me Anything Interview

An audio technology expert, Larry Estrin has gathered a number of credentials, including: contributing to the first live multi-satellite global broadcast (Elvis in Hawaii), conceiving and designing the wireless microphone system for NFL referees, founding Best Audio, engineering and implementing the first stereo broadcast of the Academy Awards and Grammys, designing the multi-dimensional sound environment concept for Disney’s Main Street Electrical Parade, and receiving the Civilian Service Medal for his work with the USO during Operation Desert Storm.

Larry sat with us during NAB 2014 to talk a bit about his experiences, from handling audio for the pope to developing the first wireless mic system for NFL referees.

Larry Estrin

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The A-T Summer Essentials Headphones Guide

With summer in full swing, you may find yourself with more to do than you have time for. But that’s the beauty of summer!

Perhaps you’re the outdoorsy type, eager to hike your way across America in the heat of the summer sun. Maybe you prefer late night clubbing. Or maybe your dream summer will unfold in your own living room, as you climb the ranks in your favorite video game.

Whatever your dream summer looks like, Audio-Technica has the right headphones to make sure you’re always listening.

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Audio-Technica at CE Week 2014

Consumer Electronics Week 2014 was hosted at the Metropolitan Pavilion and the Altman Building in New York City from June 23 – 27, and a vast array of tech leaders in the CE industry showcased their latest products.

Heavy-hitting legacy companies and startups alike came together to share the products that will push CE forward. Audio-Technica joined the conversation to show three of our SonicFuel™ models that are making it easier than ever to be “always listening.”

Here’s a shot of our own Jeff Simcox with Rick Albuck of Dealerscope Magazine, one of the producers of CE Week:

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Drop the Mic with A-T

Have you ever witnessed a mic drop? It’s a victorious moment, one of personal definition and momentous achievement.

Did you just school the haters in their own schoolyard? Drop the mic! Did you just bust the fattest freestyle flow anyone has seen or heard since the’80s in Harlem? You better drop the mic!

Basically a “mic drop” (whether or not someone literally drops a microphone) is a declaration and celebration of achievement. If you’ve ever “dropped the mic,” we’d like to hear about it. Share your amazing audio victories with us. Did you win an award for something music related? Did you get a standing ovation you weren’t expecting? Whatever the nature of your victory, A-T wants to know about it.

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Robert Bigelow’s Tips on Mid-Side Mic Recording

Robert Bigelow’s Tips on Mid-Side Mic Recording

robert bigelowContinuing our series of Livestream sessions at NAB 2014, we return to Robert C. Bigelow for a new discussion on mid-side microphone 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.

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Steve Lagudi Blog Series: Guitars & Bass in a Live Setting – Acoustic Guitars, Part 1

This is the ninth installment in guest blogger Steve Lagudi’s series on Guitars & Bass in a Live Setting – if you missed his latest post – Part 2 of his series on Dynamics and Effects – you can read it here.

I know…you are probably thinking, acoustic guitars in metal and hard rock?! Yep, it does happen. There are two usual approaches when dealing with acoustics. Some have a built-in pickup, which can sound good, but oftentimes doesn’t, so using a good DI box and bypassing (setting flat) any of the tone controls can give you something better to work with. The second approach: using mics on it. Once again, it can be either a dynamic, condenser, or a combination of both mics and even a combination of the mics and the DI.

On the road again.

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Fred Ginsburg’s Tips for Rigging Lavalier Microphones

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.

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