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Physical equipment and audio hardware from microphones and ADCs to cables and pop filters.

The Advantages of Recording with Proximity One of the most underutilized tools for clean recordings is the simple use of proximity, or bringing the microphone closer to the desired sound source. It’s common to see content online and broadcast television with people addressing microphones at a distance of several feet or more, which is less...
Scaling Up Audio Production At Finewav, we believe that creating content isn’t about having the best content, but about putting out quality content on a consistent basis. Doing so depends on creating a scalable workflow that doesn’t take a lot of time to manage, yet and provides excellent repeatable results. Even better if the equipment...
Gates & Expanders: The Good and the Bad Gates and Expanders are a type of dynamics processing used to reduce unwanted noise in audio recordings. They operate like compressors, except that instead of attenuating signals as they pass a threshold (as a compressor would), gates and expanders attenuate signals below a user-defined threshold. They’re popular...
The gold standard in determining the sound quality of a microphone, mic preamp, recording interface or another piece of equipment is through the use of A/B comparisons. Even the most expensive equipment has limitations, and it’s best to evaluate equipment relative to similar gear. In its essence, A/B testing means putting two pieces of audio...
Budget Vocal Recording: 5 Tips for Choosing Inexpensive Microphones We’ve discussed in previous blog posts our recommended microphones that deliver professional results and happen to be affordable, but what if you own another type of microphone? Perhaps you’re on a shoestring budget and need the cheapest microphones money can buy, like the $30 Fifine Metal Condenser,...
Handheld Mics for Vocal Recording As more people create video content, there’s an increasing demand for vocal recording options that sound great, but don’t obscure the faces of the people speaking. For a video recording primarily intended for listening (such as with a video podcast or music performance), the clearest recordings require that the speaker keep...
In last Friday’s post, we discussed using “lollipop” mics like the Audix SCX-25a as a smaller profile alternative to large-diaphragm condensers and traditional radio broadcast microphones like Shure SM7/SM7Bs and Electrovoice RE-20s. The Audix SCX-25a’s small size and built-in shock mount offer a better visual aesthetic for capturing vocal aesthetics on screen. If you’re going...
Small Profile Vocal Microphones Vloggers and video podcasters typically use traditional vocal mics like Shure SM7/SM7Bs, Electrovoice EV RE-20s, and even R0de NT1-As. The sound quality of these mics work incredibly well for any content whose audience consists primarily of listeners (think Joe Rogan’s “Powerful JRE” podcast), but these microphones are enormous, often obscuring the...
Searching the terms “best microphone” into Google returns literally millions of results, and microphone comparisons tend to draw a lot of attention. It seems that most people believe that finding the best quality audio equipment trumps other factors, such as the skill of operation or practicality. A lot comes along with having the best of...
We’re big fans of condenser microphones, and prefer them to all other microphone types for all except specialty applications. We still use dynamic mics on drums and insanely loud guitar amps, but use small and large diaphragm condensers for just about anything else. In an age where ribbon mics, RE-20s, and SM-7Bs are all the...
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