Sound Restoration Software

Dec 1, 2010, By George Petersen

Buzz. Hum. Click. Pop. Hiss. EMI. RFI. Wind noise. It’s a tough (audio) world out there. Sound happens. Some of it is good and some—well, not so good. Once upon a time, any sort of blemish on a track was there forever. And equalization and gating alone can only do so much. ...

DAWs for Pro Audio Applications

Sep 22, 2010, By George Petersen

From functional freeware to high-end apps, the current crop of DAW software represents an exceedingly wide range of offerings for the PC or Mac user. And it’s a rare user who can get by working on only a single title, so sometimes a second or third DAW program—reflecting different specialties—is a must. ...

Ribbon Microphones | The Revival Continues

Aug 17, 2010, By George Petersen

It’s been nearly 80 years since RCA engineer Harry Olson filed his patent (#1,885,001) for the first ribbon (velocity) microphone, and the audio world hasn’t been the same since. Long a mainstay of instrumental and vocal recordings, the popularity of ribbon microphones is at an all-time high. ...

Top of the Line Channel Strips

Aug 4, 2010, By George Petersen

During the past decade or so, channel strips have skyrocketed in popularity, especially with the rise of console-less, DAW-based production. But the concept of the channel strip is hardly new, going back to the early 1980s with the Symetrix 528 voice processor...

Studio Plug-Ins | Cool Software, Hot Sounds

Jun 24, 2010, By George Petersen

To say that recent years have brought an explosion of third-party DSP plug-ins is an understatement. A range of companies both new and old have released dozens of products, feeding the industry’s unquenchable thirst for new sounds and effects. At the same time, the number of high-quality plug-ins bundled with DAWs continues to rise. As the new saying goes, "You can never have too many plug-ins.” ...

Monitor Controllers 2010

May 21, 2010, By George Petersen

Not so long ago, the product category for monitor controllers didn’t exist. Back when most studios had physical mixing desks, consoles provided control room volume pots; switches for selecting multiple listening sources...

Location Recorders | When Two Channels Won't Cut It

Mar 31, 2010, By George Petersen

During the past few years, the industry has been flooded with portable “pocket” 2-track digital recorders. But in an increasingly complex world of location recording, two channels are sometimes not enough. Even on a relatively simple job...

Microphones Are Forever

Mar 1, 2010, By George Petersen

If we examine a listing of gear used on a particular recording, the recorders and signal processing may offer a clue as to when the session occurred....

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