Category Archives: February 2013

The Science of Sample Rates (When Higher Is Better — And When It Isn’t)

Courtesy of Flickr user mikecogh

One of the most hotly—and perhaps unnecessarily—debated topics in the world of audio is the one that surrounds digital sample rates. It seems an unlikely topic for polarization, but for more than 10 years, the same tired arguments have been batted about by each side with almost unrelenting intensity. At the fringes, advocates of either […]

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From The Vaults: The Monochrome Set Strange Boutique

This is a post by associate editor Blake Madden. If you manage to sustain a working band for any period of time, you’ll sometimes meet people who claim you are obviously influenced by an artist or band that you’ve never heard of. Occasionally, something strange and wondrous will come out of these exchanges: In researching […]

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Behind The Release: Widowspeak Almanac

Sometimes people do their best work when they step outside their comfort zones. Widowspeak‘s latest release, Almanac, out January 22 on Captured Tracks, is evidence of just that. Its sound is the product of a few creative people veering just slightly off course. And the album is better for it. The band’s 2011 self-titled debut […]

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GEARPORN ALERT: Vintage Mic Photo Shoot at Sear Sound


This month, we helped design the back page for the upcoming issue of Performer magazine and their “Gear Flashback” series. What better place to start than with a mic we know a little something about, the AKG C 414?. Below is a sneak peak of some of the outtakes from that photo shoot. The good […]

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Behind The Release: Philip Glass Rework

The year 2012 was a late-career landmark for Philip Glass. In the beginning of the year, the composer celebrated his 75th birthday with the premiere of a new symphony and the first major production of his 1976 opera Einstein on the Beach in ten years. By December, Beck had curated a new double-album worth of remixes […]

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Acoustic Treatment for the Small Studio

As high-quality audio gear becomes ever more affordable, software emulations nip at the heels of some of the most coveted audio hardware, and much of the basic knowledge of the audio field becomes widely disseminated through the web, professional studios still offer more than a few major benefits. The first among them is the skill […]

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