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Philosophical insights about workflow, equipment, and the state of the industry.

In 2019, the idea of outsourcing audio production seems like a ludicrous idea for all but giant companies with enormous budgets. At Finewav, we predict that media production will see major growth in the coming decade as more people and companies from around the world enter the content creation marketplace.  Everyone from eBay sellers to...
Optimizing Sound for Reverb The terms “wet” and “dry” are used in audio to denote a sound with a reverberant (“wet”) sound or a sound relatively free of reverberation (“dry”). The use of effects like reverb are powerful tools for storytelling and conveying a sense of time and place through audio. In literal terms, reverb...
Data Compression: Advantages of Mono /ˈsterēō/ noun sound that is directed through two or more speakers so that it seems to surround the listener and to come from more than one source; stereophonic sound. Most listeners think of stereo as an improvement over monophonic sound, but there are many instances where stereo audio comes at...
Creating More Content Through Simplicity Work in media long enough, and you’ll eventually experience the feeling where completing a song, show, or season feels nearly impossible, with nothing but grueling work up ahead. There’s no magical cure to make it all go away, but a few minutes of strategic organization can make the entire process...
Any creative endeavor requires deciding when to stop making changes and when to start releasing content. In the age of digital content creation, there’s no limit to the number of plugins, presets, and arrangements one can make. With only time to lose, refining everything to perfection seemingly comes without consequences. In the days of analog...
Preventing Audio Problems: 5 Tips for Eliminating Errors It’s hard to get excited about testing audio equipment, but let’s face it – there’s nothing worse than a catastrophic failure that interrupts a show or recording. Early on, I never cared much for sound checks or testing equipment until I made a few embarrassing catastrophic errors...
Monitoring in Noisy Environments You’ve probably never given a thought about how to monitor in a noisy environment until you’ve recorded something at a concert or on a street, then listened back to the results in utter shock. Working in film and television, I’ve encountered instances where an important interview was smothered in noise, heavily...
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...
Gear isn’t the Problem: A Hard-Learned Lesson I was eleven years old and my single greatest challenge was learning how to bunnyhop on my bike. Bunnyhopping is nothing more than doing a bike “jump” on flat ground, lifting both tires off the ground while riding. I played Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX on Sega Dreamcast daily and...
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...
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