Building a Home Mastering Studio – The End Result

This video, via mastering engineer Ian Shepherd, is the last in a series that looks at planning and building a home mastering studio.

Shepherd’s goal was not to create a commercial quality mastering studio, but to create a home studio that he could use for doing some of his work in. While his focus is on mastering, most of this information applies to planning and building any serious home studio. Continue reading

Eventide UltraChannel Native Channel Strip Available As A Free Download

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Eventide has released UltraChannel Native – a 64-bit native channel strip plug-in – as a free download through July 8th, 2014.

UltraChannel Native is a plugin (AU, VST, and AAX64) for Mac and PC. It offers micro pitch functionality, stereo delays with variable feedback paths, plus two stages of compression, gating, and five bands of parametric EQ. Continue reading

One Square Inch of Silence – Preserving The Last ‘Quiet Places’

This video, One Square Inch of Silence, takes a ‘listening journey’ with professional sound recordist Gordon Hempton to a Hoh Rain Forest location in Olympic National Park.

Hempton is an acoustic ecologist, interested in preserving not just the way the earth naturally looks, but how it naturally sounds. While audio ecology and synthesis may seem unrelated, both are concerned with consciously exploring and preserving sound.  Continue reading

Zoom Intros H5 Handy Recorder

zoom-h5-recorderZoom has introduced the H5 Handy Recorder, their latest portable audio recorder and audio interface.

Similar to the H6 flagship that was announced last summer, the H5 employs a system of interchangeable input capsules, allowing the right microphone to be used for the right situation.

In addition to being fully compatible with all Zoom input capsules, the H5 comes with a new X/Y stereo capsule, featuring extended signal capacity—up to 140 dB SPL—and shockmounted microphones for reduced handling noise.

Here’s a video introduction to the Zoom H5: Continue reading