Basic Recording Techniques

This video playlist, via AudioTechnicaUSA, collects a series of videos that cover Basic Recording Techniques.

While not directly synth-related, the videos cover topics that a lot of electronic musicians have to deal with when it comes to recording live parts or content for sampling.

Topics covered in the Basic Recording Techniques series include: Continue reading

MiC 96k Combines Mic, Preamp & Audio Interface Into One Compact Device

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2014 NAMM Show: Apogee Electronics has released the MiC 96k - a multiplatform digital microphone.

The MiC 96k combines a microphone, microphone preamp and an A/D converter into one device. According to Apogee, they have ‘designed each part of MiC 96k to deliver the lowest noise and highest quality signal possible for a digital microphone.’ Continue reading

Home Recording Handbook

Writer-musician Dave Hunter has published a new book, The Home Recording Handbook, ($29.99), through publisher Backbeat Press and distributed through Hal Leonard Books.

With a microphone, some headphones and monitors, says Hunter, “anyone can have a home studio capable of making professional recordings worthy of airplay and release.” Hunter’s book aims to help the reader “harness all that vast potential” for putting the prosumer recording gear to good use.

Hunter details how to make “pro-sounding recordings without pro budgets” or off-site studios, stepping readers through tracking, mixing, and mastering processes, and showing how to do it with minimal gear. He includes tips for drums, bass, guitar, keyboard, vocals and more.

See the Hal Leonard site for details.

 

MXL Announces Trio USB Condenser Mic for iPad

2012 NAMM Show: Recording microphone manufacturer MXL has announced the upcoming release of the Trio, the latest in the iPad-compatible USB condenser microphones. The Trio, which also works with PC and Apple computers, is specially designed to also work with both versions of the iPad (1 and 2).

Made with a rugged all metal design, the Trio is designed with the traveling recording artist in mind, as well as podcasters and consumers who want web chat using services like Skype, with high quality voice reproduction.

The Trio allows users to record on-the-go into their iPad using the Camera Connector Kit. A zero latency headphone jack is built into the body of the microphone. The user plugs their headphone directly into the mic to monitor their recording, a feature not all USB mics have.

Features:

  • iPad® compatible
  • PC and Mac® OS compatible
  • Ideal for vocals & podcasts, web & video chats
  • Built-in high fidelity headphone jack

The MXL Trio will be available in late January 2012, with an MSRP of $99.95.

2012 NAMM Show News – The iRig MIC Cast Mobile Microphone

iRig Mic Cast2012 NAMM Show: IK Multimedia has introduced iRig Mic Cast, a mobile voice recording microphone.

iRig MIC Cast features a tight unidirectional pickup pattern that minimizes background noise, making it ideal for single-source audio recording.

Features:

  • Stereo mini-jack headphone output which enables real-time monitoring of what is being recorded using headphones or speakers.
  • Offers a mini-switch that provides two different sensitivity settings to record closeup or distant sources.
  • Includes an adjustable desktop stand for convenient iPhone/iPod touch positioning during recording.
  • Has a bumper-friendly mini-jack connector that fits the majority of iPhone/iPod touch cases.
  • Has an compact profile that can be carried anywhere with ease.
  • Like other IK Multimedia microphones, it includes 2 free apps: iRig Recorder, an easy-to-use voice recording/editing app, and VocaLive, a multi-effects processing app for singers.
  • Works with all regular phone calls and any Voice-Over-IP app.
  • Is compatible with iPhone/iPod touch/iPad

iRig MIC Cast is priced at €29.99 (ex. VAT) and will be available in Q1 2012.

Practical Max, With Matthew Davidson – ‘An Embarrassing Amount Of Fun’

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Cycling ’74 has teamed up with Matthew Davidson (Stretta) on a new video series, Practical Max:

Cycling 74 debuts a new video series in which I demonstrate some practical uses of Max and share the patches I make.

In this first episode, I’m exploring what can be done with some inexpensive piezo mic elements and Tristan Jehan’s analyzer~ external.

But really, I’m just having an embarrassing amount of fun.

This is an intriguing start to the series.  Continue reading

Apogee Mike – USB Microphone For iPad, iPhone & Mac

Apogee Mike microphone for the iPad, iPhone & MacApogee Electronics has introduced Mike, described as “the most compact studio quality USB microphone available for iPad, iPhone and Mac”.

No love for Windows users, apparently.

Here’s what Apogee has to say about Mike:

Mike by Apogee is an extremely portable, easy-to-use and powerful microphone for use with GarageBand on your favourite iOS devices.

Finally, you can capture your best take with incredible quality, wherever your music takes you. Record any sound you can imagine, from vocals to vibraphones, acoustic to lap steel guitars, pianos to percussion and everything in between, and build a track right on your iPad with GarageBand. With the unique flexibility to also plug Mike into your Mac, the possibilities of recording are endless.

“With Mike, GarageBand and an iPad,” says Betty Bennett, CEO of Apogee Electronics, “Customers can record vocals and acoustic instruments with their iOS devices anytime, anywhere, and sound fantastic.”

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iRig Mic + VocaLive At Winter NAMM 2011

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IK Multimedia introduced iRig Mic, a condenser hand-held microphone designed for iOS devices and VocaLive, a vocal effects app, at the 2011 NAMM Show.

C.J. Pierce of Drowning Pool and IK Multimedia’s Starr Ackerman show you what you can do with IK’s 2 new releases iRig and VocaLive and then proceed to simulate a bad drug tip with VocaLive’s voice effects.

VocaLive will have a suite of 5 dedicated real-time vocal effects (pitch correction, choir harmonizer, voice doubler, vocal morpher and de-esser) plus 7 effects tailored to vocal processing (reverb, EQ, compressor, delay, envelope filter, chorus, phazer) that can be combined on a 3-processor vocal rig chain.