Buyer's Guide

  1. Buyer's Guide: Dolby Atmos

    Buyer's Guide: Dolby Atmos
    The evolution of the listener's audio experience has led the post-production world to the vast frontiers of immersive mixing. Thanks to Dolby Atmos, mix engineers can now plunge their listeners into lush three-dimensional sonic worlds that feature well-placed, accurate sounds. The best part? With Dolby Atmos Mastering Suite, it's easier than ever before. If you've heard about Dolby Atmos and have been wondering why you need to start thinking about it when it comes to your mixes, you've come to the right place. Throughout this blog, we'll be outlining the concepts behind Dolby Atmos, the creation process for immersive mixing and some of the tools of the trade that you'll need to do the job right. Continue reading →
  2. Buyer's Guide: Rupert Neve Designs

    Buyer's Guide: Rupert Neve Designs
    Viewed by many as the father of modern recording, Rupert Neve spent many years pioneering the consoles that are still most desirable in the studio market today. With classic circuits like the 1073, 1081, and 2254 compressor, Neve established nothing short of a dynasty with his iconic, fantastic sounding modules. In our new Buyer's Guide, we'll be diving into the history of Rupert Neve's current brand, Rupert Neve Designs, and offering info on its consoles, outboard gear, and more. Let's get started by learning more about the man himself in our classic Make Your Mark. Continue reading →
  3. Buyer's Guide: Audio Converters

    Buyer's Guide: Audio Converters
    A quality audio converter is one of the most crucial components in any modern studio. A cheap audio converter can make a million-dollar vocal chain sound like it was recorded through a dial-up modem. But a high-quality audio converter will add depth and detail to your recordings. In this Buyer's Guide, we’ll break down everything you need to know about audio converters to help you find the perfect solution for your studio, including sample rates, bit depth, and advanced connectivity options. But before we get started, let’s talk about the history of audio converters. Continue reading →
  4. Buyer's Guide: Audio Interfaces

    Buyer's Guide: Audio Interfaces
    A quality audio interface is the first essential piece of gear for any home studio owner. Whether you’re recording or mixing, every signal passes through the audio interface. Cheap interfaces often make tracks sound weak, thin and brittle. But a quality interface can bring your tracks to life. In this Buyer’s Guide, you’ll learn everything you need to know about how to select the audio interface for your studio, including info on preamps, converters, DSP and more. But first, let’s take a quick look at how audio interfaces came to be so popular. Continue reading →
  5. Buyer's Guide: Schoeps Mikrofone

    Buyer's Guide: Schoeps Mikrofone
    Since the late 1940s, Schoeps Mikrofone has been producing some of the world's most renowned microphones from its home base in Germany. The brand is responsible for creating the first dynamic microphone and continues on today as a leader in small diaphragm condenser mics. In our new Buyer's Guide, we're taking a deep dive into the world of Schoeps Mikrofone. Continue reading below to learn more about company founder Dr. Karl Schoeps, the brand's storied history, and get a tour of its current product offerings available to engineers today. Continue reading →
  6. Buyer's Guide: Studio Monitors

    Buyer's Guide: Studio Monitors
    When it comes to listening back to our audio projects, studio monitors are an essential part of the equation. If you can't hear your recording, mixing, or mastering session through speakers that provide an honest assessment of your track, you'll never get the results that you desire. If you feel that way about your current monitors are deceiving your ears, we're here to help! In this Buyer’s Guide, you’ll learn everything you need to know about studio monitors, including the differences between nearfield, midfield, farfield/mains, and subwoofers. Before we dive into that, it’s time for a quick history lesson. Continue reading →
  7. Buyer's Guide: BAE Audio

    Buyer's Guide: BAE Audio
    The roots of BAE Audio were planted back in the 1980s with the original Brent Averill Enterprises. It began with a focus on repairing and racking original Neve and API modules to bring the sound of a full mixing board into rack-mounted gear that could fit into any studio workflow. As the business evolved, Brent began replicating the original designs to the nth degree, using original spec components from OEM manufacturers (particularly the transformers) and wiring these all-discrete designs by hand. A reputation for build quality and sonic excellence was established that continues to this day. In the late ‘90s, Brent decided to retire. Enter Mark Loughman, a tech at the firm who decided to buy the business and continue the excellence. He renamed it BAE, a nod to both the original name and an acronym for British Audio Engineering, which was and still is the focus of the sonic signature created by BAE products. The classic “British EQ” and the sound heard on countless records emanating from the UK for the past five decades is at the heart of BAE. Continue reading →
  8. Buyer's Guide: Barefoot Sound Monitors

    Buyer's Guide: Barefoot Sound Monitors
    Barefoot Sound is known for their innovative design, expert craftsmanship and class-leading performance. Founded in 2006 by scientist, engineer and inventor Thomas Barefoot, the brand has quickly become one of the leading high-performance studio monitor manufacturers. While developing semiconductor-manufacturing technology for Intel in the early 2000s, Thomas spent his spare time pursuing his passion for music. He quickly became known as a speaker and acoustics guru in online recording forums, and often shared his belief that every step of the production process requires the same level of sound quality, dynamic range and bass extension. Continue reading →
  9. Buyer's Guide: 500 Series

    Buyer's Guide: 500 Series
    The 500 Series format is comprised of a whole slew of different signal processing modules in a compact rack unit. Mic preamps, equalizers, compressors, DI boxes, filters, effects... You name it, you can find it in a 500 Series version from a wide variety of manufacturers. Most of those manufacturers participate in the VPR Alliance, established to set standards for the format to ensure that the end user can rely on consistent specifications with regard to voltage, current draw, size, etc. along with proper compatibility with existing modules. The essence of this idea is to make it simple for the user to mix and match modules from different makers, thus allowing for the broadest range of implementation for their products. Continue reading →
  10. Buyer's Guide: Audio Plugins

    Buyer's Guide: Audio Plugins
    No matter your personal preference, the world of pro audio has continued to move towards digital. Tape machines have transitioned to DAWs, analog consoles have slimmed down to control surfaces, and CDs have been replaced by streaming services. With little more than a laptop, you can create music that would have taken a team of professionals over a week in a world-class studio just 30 years ago, all thanks to the magic of audio plugins. Plugins are kind of like apps for your DAW. Each plugin serves a specific purpose for making your recordings sound better, like equalization, compression, reverb, delay, and more. Simply load the desired plugin on a specific channel (like the kick drum, the guitar track, or the lead vocal) to change the sound of that instrument. Continue reading →

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In almost 20 years in Pro audio buying, never did I receive a unit so well packed and exactly as described. Works flawlessly. The whole process has been so smooth. I will never hesitate to do business with you guys in the future and will recommend you to everyone I know.
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