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The Best Dynamic Microphones for Vocals & More

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Our goal here then is to have a quick discussion about dynamic mics (as opposed to condensers) and what else is needed to use them and care for them. If you already know you want a dynamic then you may already know some of this preliminary info and can skip to our reviews using the link just above. After we cover the broad basics as […]

The Best Cheap Microphones for Home Studio Recording

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Regardless of the inconsistencies in all of the advice out there, I'm here to tell you. There's a sweet spot between high-end professional microphones and consumer mics. You don't want some USB mic designed for some kid who wants to be a podcaster before putting the mic in the closet. You also don't need to commit to a $500 or $2,000 dollar purchase either. There's […]

The Best Vocal Microphones For Studio Quality Recording

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The first thing to realize about a question such as "What's the best microphone for vocals?" is that there as many types of voices as there are mics. Beyond that, there are types of vocal performances that may fare better with a dynamic mic instead of a condenser, and vice-versa, even if the mic in the other camp is less good. With all these considerations, […]

The Best Studio Headphone Amplifiers for Distribution & Sub-Mixes

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There are some despicable marketers out there building and selling single-channel headphone amps that cost more than a down payment on a house... zero exaggeration. It's tempting to get into how silly that is, especially since you can't find much honest information about headphone amps online. But that would make this post be another addition to the nonsense. The plan here is to dispel why […]

The Best Studio Headphones for Mixing & Recording

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I don't know if you'd call it fortunate or not but I've had the pleasure of using lots of different studio headphones. Between them being stolen in high school to destroyed in my college backpack to my cat laying on them and puking in the ear holes… it's been quite the adventure. I can't count the number I've stepped on while climbing out of bed […]

The Best Audio Interfaces for Home & Studio Recording

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Your goal will determine what you need. Are you a rapper, singer, or podcaster? In this case, you can get away with a single channel or two to accommodate yourself and a friend with a microphone or instrument each. But maybe you suspect or already know you'll eventually want to record an entire band. That's going to drastically change the number of inputs and preamps […]

The Best Vocal Compressors for Studio-Quality Audio

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A compressor is easily the most misunderstood (or not understood at all) piece of studio gear out there. While each piece of gear in your signal chain has a cumulative effect on your overall quality, none gets you closer to what you hear on the radio, TV, and CD's faster than a top-notch compressor. And that's why I'll repeat this again: You simply cannot and […]

The Best Mic Preamp for Every Budget - Crystal Clarity for Vocals & Instruments!

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"Yeah but it's got Class X Goober pre's in it!" Don't be a sucker for marketing. These mixers, recording interfaces, and channel strips are offering you countless recording channels, several preamplifiers, a compressor, maybe an equalizer, and A/D and D/A converters for what... a couple hundred bucks or less? Just how good can any of those components be? This is the kind of scenario where […]

DubTurbo Review - The Software Shortcut to Making Dubstep

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I personally decided that I'd hunt around and give the best of these software options a chance. It clearly became obvious after an hour of searching online that a piece of software called DubTurbo was the clear winner, not only by popularity but in quality. The problem was getting any real insight into DubTurbo. Due to their affiliate system which allowed marketers to help sell […]