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Sweetwater!

Why Sweetwater? Simple answer: people. When I call them, people answer – and not just any people – these are audio engineers, musicians, and passionate-about-audio people! For me, it’s like a Harley Davidson club, but for sound. Everyone at Sweetwater just gets it. Tech Support ROCKS Yet, even more important than the cool hang time…

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Mix Tape to Mars

I’ve read The Martian more than five times, and watched the movie twice that number – and one of my biggest questions has been “What would my mix tape to Mars sound like?” Now, seeing as it should take around 300 days to get to the planet, I’m thinking I’ve got plenty of time to…

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I Still ♥ My Mixer

An engineer’s love story Computers: always faster, smaller, cheaper.  Soon, we’ll just have chips with our data implanted in us with freedom to do whatever we choose. Need to record 60 tracks of audio? Done with the wave of a finger. Want to edit a video? Done with the roll of an eyeball. Or so…

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Quick Intro: Hypersonic Sound

Hypersonic Sound.  Hyper Awesome! The idea of hypersonic sound started “way back when…” Sony gave it a shot, but not until Woody Norris committed to the issue did it really move forward. So What is it? In very simple terms, imagine a speaker you can only hear if you are in front of it.  Using…

REVIEW: Canon XC15

The Canon XC15 really is the little camera that could. With it’s ability to record two high-quality audio channels and 4k straight-to-compact flash, this camera has been grabbing some great shots! Yes, it has log shooting options, but even with some of its presets, videos are coming out looking amazing. I’m packing two of these…

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REVIEW: Blue Raspberry Mic

Premium Mobile USB Microphone for PC, Mac, iPhone and iPad (incl. Lightning cable) Blue has built some great stuff, and this mic is a 3-part winner for me. Standout, retro design – like those ribbon mics back in the day Great sound Portable as hell Also, since using the Raspberry, I’m impressed with it’s built-in…

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SD Cards Win Format War

Looks like SD cards have won the format war for a lot of audio recording systems. From Zoom products to Tascam, they are everywhere. What’s more amazing is the speed gains they are getting. I’m seeing 280MB/s on the SD UHS-II cards. That is amazing! Keep an eye on these; they have become the new…

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TECH REVIEW: Zoom F8

Recently purchased Zoom F8 for location audio recording.  I love this box! For just under a thousand bucks, you get eight full-size XLR inputs, multiple outputs, and great pre-amps… And it can run on a handful of double A batteries.  Records on two cascading or duplicating SD cards. Comes with t2 cable adapters and even a…