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Allen & Heath ZEDi-10FX Audio Mixer Review

Allen & Heath ZEDi-10FX Audio Mixer Review

https://youtu.be/pOEu0hONfwQ The Allen & Heath ZEDi 10 mixers are amazingly powerful for the price and could be a perfect fit for musicians, podcasters, and home recording studios on a budget. For just over $200, you get four mic preamps and a 4x4 USB interface,...

The BIGGEST Problem With Cheap Mic Stands (and How To Fix It)

The BIGGEST Problem With Cheap Mic Stands (and How To Fix It)

https://youtu.be/vgeh6bNHtmA If you’re having trouble getting your mic stand to stay in place, read this post before buying another cheap microphone stand. I’m going to show you the most common reason microphone stands stop working, how to fix it, and how to avoid...

NL2 vs NL4 vs NL8 [Neutrik SpeakON Speaker Cable Connectors]

NL2 vs NL4 vs NL8 [Neutrik SpeakON Speaker Cable Connectors]

https://youtu.be/oPtJetBt1DI NL2, NL4, and NL8 (or SpeakON) connectors are the industry standard in pro audio for connecting amplifiers to speakers. They establish a very secure connection on both ends with a twist-lock feature. This makes them much safer and much...

White Noise vs Pink Noise [Audio Engineering & Music Production]

White Noise vs Pink Noise [Audio Engineering & Music Production]

https://youtu.be/Qkb2yRKJxSc So, what is the difference between white noise and pink noise? How do they relate to sound systems, music, and the way humans perceive sound? In this video, I’m answering all of these questions. What Is The Difference Between White Noise...

Microphone Only Recording To One Side? Here’s How To Fix It!

Microphone Only Recording To One Side? Here’s How To Fix It!

https://youtu.be/ZXWla3nsBN4 So the sound from your microphone is only playing out of one speaker? Well, you’re not alone. When I first started recording music, I had the same issue. In fact, this is a very common problem and in this post, I’ll show you how to fix it...

Recording Guitar Overdubs – 4 Simple Steps

Recording Guitar Overdubs – 4 Simple Steps

https://youtu.be/3mZqNrUQ3Fk In this post, I’ll show you how to overdub guitar (or any other instrument) on top of a pre-recorded track. Step 1 - Record or Import a Backing Track In order to record an overdub, you’ll need an existing recording to use as a backing...

Best Free Acoustical Measurement Software: Room EQ Wizard (REW)

Best Free Acoustical Measurement Software: Room EQ Wizard (REW)

https://youtu.be/td7Ue86Snfc In a previous post, I talked about frequency response specifications and graphs and what frequency response tells us about an audio system. Check out that post to learn what frequency response is and why it’s important. This post...

Best Free Acoustical Measurement Software: Room EQ Wizard (REW)

Best Free Acoustical Measurement Software: Room EQ Wizard (REW)

https://youtu.be/td7Ue86Snfc In a previous post, I talked about frequency response specifications and graphs and what frequency response tells us about an audio system. Check out that post to learn what frequency response is and why it’s important. This post...

TS vs TRS vs TRRS AUDIO CABLES: What Is the Difference?

TS vs TRS vs TRRS AUDIO CABLES: What Is the Difference?

https://youtu.be/m4hy63fEgA0 In this post, you’ll learn the difference between TS, TRS, and TRRS connectors. By the end, you’ll understand how each connector is designed to carry a specific type of audio signal. What is the difference between TS, TRS, and TRRS? TS,...

5 Must-Read Books for Audio Engineers

5 Must-Read Books for Audio Engineers

https://youtu.be/xRUSEsvtQys In audio production, real-world experience is the most valuable currency. However, nothing is more powerful than experience and theory combined. Whether you wish to improve your understanding of recording, mixing, acoustics, or...

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NL2 vs NL4 vs NL8 [Neutrik SpeakON Speaker Cable Connectors]

NL2 vs NL4 vs NL8 [Neutrik SpeakON Speaker Cable Connectors]

https://youtu.be/oPtJetBt1DI NL2, NL4, and NL8 (or SpeakON) connectors are the industry standard in pro audio for connecting amplifiers to speakers. They establish a very secure connection on both ends with a twist-lock feature. This makes them much safer and much...

Mixing vs Mastering | Do You Need To Master Your Music?

Mixing vs Mastering | Do You Need To Master Your Music?

https://youtu.be/NOadpYfHxIQ I remember wondering, "What is mastering?", "Do I need to hire a mastering engineer, if I want my music to sound professional?". Well in this post, I'm answering these questions, but if this is our first time meeting, my name is Kyle....

White Noise vs Pink Noise [Audio Engineering & Music Production]

White Noise vs Pink Noise [Audio Engineering & Music Production]

https://youtu.be/Qkb2yRKJxSc So, what is the difference between white noise and pink noise? How do they relate to sound systems, music, and the way humans perceive sound? In this video, I’m answering all of these questions. What Is The Difference Between White Noise...

How To Record Acoustic Guitar – 5 Simple Steps

How To Record Acoustic Guitar – 5 Simple Steps

https://youtu.be/F2fexO6D6Gs If you want to record acoustic guitar, there are a few things you should do and a few things you should avoid. In this post, I’m going to help you get the best acoustic guitar sound possible in 5 simple steps. If you are just getting...

Microphone Only Recording To One Side? Here’s How To Fix It!

Microphone Only Recording To One Side? Here’s How To Fix It!

https://youtu.be/ZXWla3nsBN4 So the sound from your microphone is only playing out of one speaker? Well, you’re not alone. When I first started recording music, I had the same issue. In fact, this is a very common problem and in this post, I’ll show you how to fix it...

Recording Guitar Overdubs – 4 Simple Steps

Recording Guitar Overdubs – 4 Simple Steps

https://youtu.be/3mZqNrUQ3Fk In this post, I’ll show you how to overdub guitar (or any other instrument) on top of a pre-recorded track. Step 1 - Record or Import a Backing Track In order to record an overdub, you’ll need an existing recording to use as a backing...

The BIGGEST Problem With Cheap Mic Stands (and How To Fix It)

The BIGGEST Problem With Cheap Mic Stands (and How To Fix It)

https://youtu.be/vgeh6bNHtmA If you’re having trouble getting your mic stand to stay in place, read this post before buying another cheap microphone stand. I’m going to show you the most common reason microphone stands stop working, how to fix it, and how to avoid...

Studio Monitor Setup Guide [Placement, Cables, & Settings]

Studio Monitor Setup Guide [Placement, Cables, & Settings]

https://youtu.be/t02EliXfxKo If you want to get the best performance from your speakers, there are a few key principles to keep in mind. In this post, I’ll help you determine the optimal placement of your speakers and I’ll show you a few different ways to connect your...

Best Free Acoustical Measurement Software: Room EQ Wizard (REW)

Best Free Acoustical Measurement Software: Room EQ Wizard (REW)

https://youtu.be/td7Ue86Snfc In a previous post, I talked about frequency response specifications and graphs and what frequency response tells us about an audio system. Check out that post to learn what frequency response is and why it’s important. This post...

AUDIO CONNECTORS | XLR, 1/4-Inch, 3.5mm, SpeakON, RCA, & More

AUDIO CONNECTORS | XLR, 1/4-Inch, 3.5mm, SpeakON, RCA, & More

https://youtu.be/cA7cmrQTXBw There are many types of connectors you’ll encounter when working in the audio production industry. It’s important to know how to identify each connector type so that you can choose the right cable in each situation. By the end of this...

How to Make & Repair XLR Microphone Cables: DIY Tutorial

How to Make & Repair XLR Microphone Cables: DIY Tutorial

https://youtu.be/Jk1B42c3kNk Whether you work in a recording studio or live production, XLR microphone cables will be a part of your everyday life. XLR cables tend to break over time and they aren't cheap! It's important to know how to make your own cables and repair...

BASIC AUDIO INTERFACE SETUP [with Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen]

BASIC AUDIO INTERFACE SETUP [with Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen]

https://youtu.be/KSsv74a-GEA In this post, I'm going to walk you step-by-step through the process of setting up your audio interface for the very first time. I'll show you how to connect your interface to the DAW in your computer, I'll show you how to connect speakers...

Choosing the Right Amplifier for Speakers – A SIMPLE RULE

Choosing the Right Amplifier for Speakers – A SIMPLE RULE

https://youtu.be/6B0OlQaD_i4 If you’re designing a sound system, you will need to ensure that you choose speakers and amplifiers that work well together. If you choose the wrong amplifier for your speakers, you run the risk of causing damage to your...

HOME STUDIO ESSENTIALS (for Beginners on a Budget)

HOME STUDIO ESSENTIALS (for Beginners on a Budget)

https://youtu.be/cQQIWNMe_Ic If you're reading this post, it means that you've embarked on the endless (and often expensive) pursuit for the best tools and the best sound for your home studio. Before you get discouraged by the endless audio gear available, consider...

Sonarworks Reference 4 Review – THE 2 BIGGEST MYTHS!

Sonarworks Reference 4 Review – THE 2 BIGGEST MYTHS!

https://youtu.be/U71KrfnxSGY Sonarworks just sent me a copy of their Reference 4 software with a measurement microphone! I thought this would be a good opportunity to learn about frequency response, phase interference, and room EQ. At the end of this video - with a...

MONO vs STEREO: Benefits (& Drawbacks) of Stereo Audio

MONO vs STEREO: Benefits (& Drawbacks) of Stereo Audio

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48ExvlterwY What is the difference between Mono & Stereo audio? The short answer: Mono audio signals contain one channel. Stereo audio signals contain two channels. It’s what that extra channel allows us to do for music,...

STEREO MICROPHONE TECHNIQUES: The Ultimate Guide

STEREO MICROPHONE TECHNIQUES: The Ultimate Guide

https://youtu.be/4fPWFAFwIQQ There are infinite microphone techniques. Stereo microphone techniques are some among the simplest and most effective methods for capturing realistic recordings.  In this article, you’ll learn what a stereo microphone technique is and...

CONNECT a MIXER to AUDIO INTERFACE: 3 Ways to Use a Mixer for Recording

CONNECT a MIXER to AUDIO INTERFACE: 3 Ways to Use a Mixer for Recording

https://youtu.be/yLsldRU77po In this article, I’ll show you a few ways to connect your mixer to your audio interface and I’ll explain why you might want to do that. Why use a mixer in a recording studio? There are three main reasons to use a mixer in a recording...

LIVE SOUND WORKBOX CHECKLIST: Essential Tools for Live Sound Engineers

LIVE SOUND WORKBOX CHECKLIST: Essential Tools for Live Sound Engineers

Essential Tools for Live Sound EngineersWhen I was first getting started in the live sound industry, I remember searching everywhere for a list of tools and accessories to include in my workbox/gig bag. Unfortunately, all I found were some message boards and forums....

AUDIO INTERFACE vs MIXER: Which One Do You Need?

AUDIO INTERFACE vs MIXER: Which One Do You Need?

https://youtu.be/PwK3Ydi-8FA In this article, you’ll learn the difference between an audio mixer and an audio interface. I'll define each one and go through some examples to help you better understand which one to choose in specific situations. What is the difference...

CAUTION: Read This Before Using a 3.5mm-to-XLR Adapter!

CAUTION: Read This Before Using a 3.5mm-to-XLR Adapter!

https://youtu.be/oZ6zfe9ak2Y In this post, I’ll help you avoid this common mistake that could damage your equipment just by using a 3.5mm to XLR adapter. To learn about other ways to connect a 3.5mm headphone audio output to an XLR microphone audio input, read this...

POLARITY vs PHASE: Is There a Difference?

POLARITY vs PHASE: Is There a Difference?

https://youtu.be/KRWhf_L_xYU What's the difference between polarity and phase? Although some might use the terms polarity and phase interchangeably, there are differences. Polarity is a function of positive and negative voltage or sound pressure, while phase is a...

PARAMETRIC EQ vs GRAPHIC EQ: How & When to Use Them

PARAMETRIC EQ vs GRAPHIC EQ: How & When to Use Them

https://youtu.be/4V3NMcbBvr4 In this post, you’ll learn the difference between the two most common types of equalizers in pro audio: graphic EQ and parametric EQ. What's the difference between a graphic EQ and a parametric EQ? A graphic equalizer offers gain control...

3.5mm-to-XLR: 3 WAYS to CONNECT HEADPHONE OUTPUT to MIC INPUT

3.5mm-to-XLR: 3 WAYS to CONNECT HEADPHONE OUTPUT to MIC INPUT

https://youtu.be/S2kapm4w46c Are you trying to connect a smartphone or a laptop into professional audio equipment? In this post, I’ll show you three ways to adapt a 3.5mm (or ⅛-inch) connector to XLR. I'll show you an adapter that is best for short distances, a tool...

BEST MICROPHONE POP FILTER (For Any Budget)

BEST MICROPHONE POP FILTER (For Any Budget)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=rbfw807tcvA In this post, I’ll help you find which pop filter is right for you - no matter what budget you’re working with.  I’ll tell you what to consider when choosing a pop filter and demonstrate a couple of pop...

CONSUMER vs PROFESSIONAL AUDIO LEVELS: -10 dBV vs +4 dBu

CONSUMER vs PROFESSIONAL AUDIO LEVELS: -10 dBV vs +4 dBu

https://youtu.be/Po3nvEs4LLY In this post, you’ll learn about line level audio. Specifically, the difference between line level standards for consumer and professional audio equipment.  What is the difference between professional line level audio and consumer...

MIC LEVEL vs LINE LEVEL: Audio Levels Explained

MIC LEVEL vs LINE LEVEL: Audio Levels Explained

https://youtu.be/gzbiOeqbERE In this post, you’ll learn the difference between microphone level and line level, as well as other levels commonly used in professional audio such as instrument level and speaker level. What is the difference between microphone level and...

TS vs TRS vs TRRS AUDIO CABLES: What Is the Difference?

TS vs TRS vs TRRS AUDIO CABLES: What Is the Difference?

https://youtu.be/m4hy63fEgA0 In this post, you’ll learn the difference between TS, TRS, and TRRS connectors. By the end, you’ll understand how each connector is designed to carry a specific type of audio signal. What is the difference between TS, TRS, and TRRS? TS,...

SERIES vs PARALLEL: Speaker Impedance Explained

SERIES vs PARALLEL: Speaker Impedance Explained

https://youtu.be/tTk_Xf5S6ns In this post, you’ll learn about speaker impedance when connecting multiple speakers to a single amplifier channel. I’ll briefly explain what impedance is. I’ll help you find the impedance specifications for your amplifier and...

Focusrite Scarlett Solo vs 2i2 vs 4i4: BEST AUDIO INTERFACE UNDER $200

Focusrite Scarlett Solo vs 2i2 vs 4i4: BEST AUDIO INTERFACE UNDER $200

https://youtu.be/bHPRh0MNBFI If you’re shopping for your first audio interface, you’ve probably already heard of the Focusrite Scarlett. There are three options if your budget is below $200 - Focusrite Scarlett Solo, Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, and Focusrite Scarlett 2i4....

SHURE SM7B vs SHURE SM58: Is the SM7B worth the extra money?

SHURE SM7B vs SHURE SM58: Is the SM7B worth the extra money?

https://youtu.be/AukIlHnvoKY The Shure SM7B and the Shure SM58 are two legendary microphones. They’re both professional-quality mics that sound great on voice and instruments. You’ve probably noticed that there is a significant price difference between the two. This...

Shure SM7B vs Electro-Voice RE20 for Podcasting, Voice Over, & Radio

Shure SM7B vs Electro-Voice RE20 for Podcasting, Voice Over, & Radio

https://youtu.be/sX0TEy0GCOg The Shure SM7B and the Electro-Voice RE20 are two of the most popular microphones used for radio, podcasting, and voiceover.  This post will help you determine which of these microphones is right for you. In this post, you’ll hear...

5 Must-Read Books for Audio Engineers

5 Must-Read Books for Audio Engineers

https://youtu.be/xRUSEsvtQys In audio production, real-world experience is the most valuable currency. However, nothing is more powerful than experience and theory combined. Whether you wish to improve your understanding of recording, mixing, acoustics, or...

Decibels (dB): The Only 5 Things You (Probably) Need to Know

Decibels (dB): The Only 5 Things You (Probably) Need to Know

https://youtu.be/F4r3WI-JXlc The decibel, or dB, is one of the most confusing concepts in audio production. Trying to wrap your mind around every detail of the decibel all at once is likely to leave you feeling overwhelmed. The truth is: For most people, learning a...

Inverse Square Law of Sound: Simple Explanation

Inverse Square Law of Sound: Simple Explanation

https://youtu.be/umTSWJ3POOk For many, the definitions of the inverse square law that are found online are more confusing than they are helpful. According to the Oxford Dictionary, the inverse square law states that “the intensity of [a sound wave] changes in inverse...

Audio Basics: How Sound Works

Audio Basics: How Sound Works

https://youtu.be/mjv7O0KS1ug What is Sound? Sound is the audible vibration of a material - the vibration of wood, metal, water, or any other material. Most often, the sounds we hear are the result of vibrating air particles. More accurately, sound is the result of...

JBL 3-Series MkII Studio Monitors

JBL 3-Series MkII Studio Monitors

A few years ago, I bought my first pair of studio monitors for my home mixing space. I had just graduated from college and would soon lose access to the university’s studio and equipment. I did a lot of research, asked my friends and mentors for advice, and finally...

Twisted Pairs: Why are Wires Twisted?

Twisted Pairs: Why are Wires Twisted?

https://youtu.be/P7WfY9P2uNY The twisted pair of electrical wires is a cabling technique used in audio and network technology, among many others. Wires are twisted together to accomplish two main goals: reduce outgoing noise and reduce incoming noise related to...

Speaker Crossovers: The Ultimate Guide

Speaker Crossovers: The Ultimate Guide

https://youtu.be/dBNxxA6g-qk What is a Speaker Crossover? A speaker crossover is a technology used in audio production to optimize speaker system performance by sending each speaker only the frequencies it is designed to accurately reproduce. The function of a speaker...

5 Skills Every Audio Intern Should Have

5 Skills Every Audio Intern Should Have

https://youtu.be/lAC3lUpmAwY Whether you are doing an official internship for college credit or just trying to get your foot in the door at a local sound company or recording studio, there are some skills that can really help you now and throughout your audio...

How to Test Speaker Polarity & Does Speaker Polarity Matter

How to Test Speaker Polarity & Does Speaker Polarity Matter

https://youtu.be/EeKT4yD3UX4 What happens if speakers are connected backwards? Can reversing speaker wires damage a speaker? Does speaker polarity matter and how do you test for correct speaker polarity? In this post, you’ll find out. If you are designing a sound...

5 Steps to Eliminate Microphone Feedback

Few things are capable of ruining a live performance like the screeching sound of microphone feedback. Not only does microphone feedback disrupt the audience and the musicians on stage, but it also presents the risk of hearing damage. For these reasons, it is...

Stedman Pro Screen XL Metal Pop Filter

Stedman Pro Screen XL Metal Pop Filter

Stedman Proscreen XL on Amazon Stedman ProScreen XL Pop Filter The first time I went shopping for a pop filter, I bought the cheapest one I could find. I wanted to find out if a more expensive pop filter was really worth it. So I went to the store and bought a cheap...

5 Differences Between Metal & Nylon Fabric Pop Filters

5 Differences Between Metal & Nylon Fabric Pop Filters

https://youtu.be/6rxVgn5O9Ts When I was younger and more hesitant to pay the extra money to invest in high-quality recording equipment, I remember wondering if there was really a difference between metal and nylon mesh microphone pop filters. I have since experimented...

Comb Filtering Explained: What Does a Comb Filter Sound Like?

Comb Filtering Explained: What Does a Comb Filter Sound Like?

https://youtu.be/0wvlrBx3U4c Comb filtering occurs when two or more identical audio signals are mixed together with a slight delay between them. The resulting frequency response graph resembles a comb because frequencies that are in phase sum together, while...

Electric Shock from a Microphone or Guitar? How To Fix It

Electric Shock from a Microphone or Guitar? How To Fix It

https://youtu.be/5uaisqCgDA0 Have you ever had this experience? You’re playing a show. You pick up your guitar, strum a few chords, and give a “Check one, two…” to the microphone. Everything seems fine until you feel a powerful shock from the microphone. Why Do...

Why Do Microphones Have Foam Windscreens?

Why Do Microphones Have Foam Windscreens?

Have you ever tried to record audio outdoors on a windy day? Have you ever recorded someone who speaks too close to the microphone? In both cases, microphone pops from gusts of air are inevitable without the proper equipment. This post is all about the most important...

What is Sidechaining? The Most Common Uses of Sidechain Effects

What is Sidechaining? The Most Common Uses of Sidechain Effects

Sidechaining is a technique used in professional audio mixing that allows an effect on an audio signal to be activated, or triggered, by another audio signal. The most common application of sidechaining is a sidechain compressor, which compresses a signal when the...

König & Meyer (K&M) Boom Microphone Stands

König & Meyer (K&M) Boom Microphone Stands

https://youtu.be/udVBVNPzCbE König & Meyer Microphone Stands I’ve been burned too many times by cheap microphone stands. I want to save you the trouble that I’ve gone through by introducing you to the one microphone stand brand used by every sound company I’ve...

What Are Audio HIGH PASS FILTERS & How to Use Them

What Are Audio HIGH PASS FILTERS & How to Use Them

https://youtu.be/oLVzhSw7hcw An audio high pass filter (HPF) is an equalization tool that attenuates all frequencies below a set point. In other words, high pass filters remove low frequencies while allowing high frequencies to pass through. They are used in almost...

Ear Training for Audio Engineers – IMPROVE YOUR MIXES

Ear Training for Audio Engineers – IMPROVE YOUR MIXES

https://youtu.be/5rYrcm__3sk The best way to improve your mixes is to improve your ears. The better you are at listening, the better your mixes will be. Although simply listening to great recordings is an effective way to improve your listening ability over time,...

Analog vs Digital Audio: Which Is Better?

Analog vs Digital Audio: Which Is Better?

https://youtu.be/844LQegRV-A The analog vs digital audio debate is very polarizing. I have noticed that most people defend one side or the other, allowing little room for nuance. The truth is, both analog and digital audio have drawbacks and advantages. I hope to...

Why Do Instruments Sound Different?

Why Do Instruments Sound Different?

https://youtu.be/EeEspQ6-Gzk The notes on a sheet of music show a musician which frequencies to play and when. Why do the same notes played on different instruments sound so different? The reason the same musical note sounds different when played on various...

TYPES OF MICROPHONES: How They Work & What They Do Best

TYPES OF MICROPHONES: How They Work & What They Do Best

When you are shopping for a microphone, it can be very overwhelming. Where do you start? There are so many different manufacturers and each manufacturer has dozens of options. The best place to start, as with anything in audio, is with the basics. There are five basic...

How to Fix a Microphone Stand

How to Fix a Microphone Stand

https://youtu.be/4w6gl9wATxY Ever have a microphone stand that won’t stay in place?  When I was first starting out in audio, I would crank the stand adjustments down harder and harder each time I used the stand, until finally the stand was useless. ...

How to Reduce Echo and Reverb in a Studio

How to Reduce Echo and Reverb in a Studio

In the small walk-in closet (vocal booth) at my parents house, lined wall-to-wall with blankets, I remember my 16-year-old self thinking, “It’s getting a little hard to breathe.” I had deadened not only every sound, but every bit of creative vibe that had existed in...

How to Record Phone and Video Calls for a Remote Podcast

How to Record Phone and Video Calls for a Remote Podcast

https://youtu.be/GaDOw2L11Bo For various reasons, podcast guests cannot always make a trip to the studio to record in person.  Instead, podcast creators are often forced to record a phone or Skype conversation. Too often, these recordings sound imbalanced or the...

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