Category Archives: Technology

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

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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 […]

Also posted in Beyond The Basics, Featured Stories, February 2013, Industry Trends, Most Popular | Comments closed

GEARPORN ALERT: Vintage Mic Photo Shoot at Sear Sound

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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 […]

Also posted in All Stories, Featured Stories, February 2013 | Comments closed

Empirical Labs, an Analog Leader, Moves “Furiously” into Digital

Dave Derr, designer of the instant-classic analog Distressor, says his high-end audio company is ready to move “furiously” and “excitedly” into the digital domain. Dave Derr of Empirical Labs got his start in audio as an analog man at a digital company, testing circuit components for Eventide Electronics’ breakthrough hit, the H3000 UltraHarmonizer. When he […]

Also posted in All Stories, January 2013, Made in New York, SonicScoop, Sub-Feature 4 | Comments closed

Plugin Review: iZotope Trash 2

Today’s audio processors tend to fall into two broad categories: Those that try to recreate the past, and those that tire of it. iZotope’s new Trash 2 plugin falls squarely in that second camp. iZotope released the original Trash plugin in back in 2003, and it was marketed as a multi-band distortion unit. The new […]

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How To Recover Flood-Damaged Audio Gear

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Joel Hamilton was in his old studio in the American Midwest when the great floods of 1993 hit: “I watched, personally, with a flashlight in my teeth, as the meter bridge of my console went under water.” “It was incredible – They were the kinds of floods that people read about in National Geographic. When […]

Also posted in Beyond The Basics, December 2012, Featured Stories, Most Popular | Comments closed

Mixing By Ear: Audio Accessibility For the Visually Impaired

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This is a guest post by engineer, sound designer and producer, Gavin Skal. As an engineer who has grown up in the DAW age, I’m accustomed to hearing the sage advice to “Mix with your ears, not your eyes.” It’s a good rule to work by, but in the world of Pro Tools, many audio […]

Also posted in December 2012, Featured Stories, Guest Posts | Comments closed

New Technology Highlights from AES 2012

The AES Convention has always been a time for new product announcements, and this year was no different. Although there were markedly fewer exhibitors this year than usual, almost all of the companies that did show up seemed to be announcing new tools, which ranged from the practical to the idealistic to the downright unexpected. […]

Also posted in Gear Reviews, Industry Trends, November 2012, SonicScoop, Sub-Feature 3 | Comments closed

Plugin Roundups: Workhorse Compressors and Frequency Analyzers

This month, we wrote two plugin roundups and published them first on SonicScoop. Click to read all about Alternative Workhorse Compressors and Frequency Analyzers and Metering Tools.

Also posted in Gear Reviews, October 2012, SonicScoop, Sub-Feature 3 | Comments closed

Made in NY: Awesome Channel Amplifier

“If you dig the sound of old 1970’s records, you are listening to the sound of an entire console. A discrete preamplifier design is just one element,” says Dave Raphael, designer for the “Awesome Transistor Amplifier Company” (AwTAC) Click here to read more about the Awesome Channel Amplifier’s “console-in-a-box” approach on SonicScoop.

Also posted in Made in New York, October 2012, SonicScoop, Sub-Feature 4 | Comments closed

InputOutput Audio Review: UA Apollo vs. World-Class Recording Studio

In the latest installment of Input|Output, Geoff and Eli put the Universal Audio Apollo up against a world-class studio with vintage Neve 8068 console and classic Studer 827 tape machine, to see if the two could possibly compare. Click here to download our entire episode, including audio samples and our analysis, on SonicScoop.

Also posted in Gear Reviews, October 2012, SonicScoop, Sub-Feature 2 | Comments closed
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