Category Archives: April 2012

How To Win the Loudness War

Recorded music has been getting louder over for the past few decades. So much louder in fact, that everyday-listeners have begun to hear about it in general-interest papers like the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, the Huffington Post, and even the New York Times. As records have increased in average level, so has the chatter […]

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Beyond Behind-the-Glass: Deeper Reading for the Thoughtful Recordist

This is a guest post by musician and writer Jay Sherman-Godfrey. As long as I’ve been a musician, I’ve enjoyed reading about music almost as much as I’ve enjoyed making it. My bookshelf and record collection have grown together, one informing the other, and I’ve discovered that keeping up with music literature enhances my appreciation […]

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The Best Mid-Priced Condensers for $500-$1500

In another article, we covered some of the best large-diaphragm condenser mics available for $300. This time, we’ll move up a bracket to review some of the most useful condensers available from $500 to $1,500 new. Keep in mind that this list is no way conclusive. It only promises to offer a proven handful of […]

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Vinyl Revival: Brooklyn Phono

There’s a record-making resurgence in Brooklyn – and the world. According to Nielsen Soundscan, sales of vinyl records rose by a shocking 39% in 2011 to reach totals of nearly 4 million. And those are just the conservative estimates – Soundscan’s rankings only include barcode sales at retail outlets. The RIAA says that even after […]

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DFA Studios Opens Its Doors To Outsiders

DFA Studios, the house that LCD Soundsystem built, is now open to the public. This month, DFA Studios opens its doors to the outsiders for the first time. It’s a big change for the space, which is located near the upper limits of New York City’s West Village. For years, it had been a private […]

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The Best Large-Diaphragm Condenser Mics for $300

I started working as an audio engineer just as the home studio market began to blossom into what it is today. This means that throughout my career, I’ve been as much of a counselor as a craftsperson, because so many of my clients spend nearly as much time recording at home as they do working […]

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Take Our Audio Poll: Do We Need High-Definition Sound?

10 years ago, it was pretty easy to hate MP3s. Even the software engineers who designed those early codecs would agree with that. Over the last decade however, the quality of perceptual encoders has increased dramatically and today, most music fans have trouble telling even low-res 128kbps MP3s from full-resolution CDs. I and some other […]

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SXSW: The Casino With All the Loud Music

A virgin experience from both sides of the stage, by associate editor Blake Madden “But no explanation, no mix of words or music or memories can touch that sense of knowing that you were there and alive in that corner of time in the world. Whatever it meant.” – Hunter Thompson, Fear & Loathing in […]

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