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In Vocal Recording Basics Part 2, we discussed the use of specific techniques to make the most of audio recording a home or project studio. Those techniques go the furthest in creating a clean sounding recording – using the right tools takes everything a step further. Few distinguishing characteristics of microphones matter aside from its frequency response. Frequency response describes how a microphone (or another device) picks up sounds across...
On the surface, the Apogee HypeMic looks like a small USB microphone, but the press of a button enables a compressor built directly into the mic itself. For the first time, virtually anyone can achieve a broadcast-ready vocal sound without any additional postproduction hardware or software. Simply plug in the microphone, set levels, click the center button to engage the compressor, and get perfect results right away. Even better, the...
Getting your a microphone off of your camera or phone is one of the best ways to improve sound quality for video. The majority of cameras and some smartphones come equipped with microphone input jacks that accept 3.5mm mini plugs. As we discussed on recording into an iPhone/iPad without an interface, you’ll need an Apple 3.5mm Lightning Audio Adapter for newer iPhones/iPads along with a mic/headphone splitter.  3.5mm mini plug...
If you’ve ever used voice chat in Discord, you may have experienced audio that seems to drop out inconsistently, making the other users difficult to hear. Fortunately, Discord offers a simple solution to remedy this problem, and it only requires a minor tweak in the app settings. The Problem Discord enables a noise gate by default for voice chat. The noise gate helps eliminate electronic and background noise by cutting...
Buying an external microphone is a common first step to improving audio quality for video. However, not all external camera mics make significant improvements in audio quality, especially considering that microphones struggle to capture sound from a distance. An article from Shure explains, “The reality is that microphones do not reach out and grab the sound from a distance. They merely measure pressure variations right at the diaphragm itself. The microphone doesn’t...
We created a pack of ten custom presets for Adobe Premiere Pro, designed to help improve your audio and to expedite your workflow. We’ll cover how to use each of them. We included a .zip file containing the presets below, and instructions on how to get started using them. Finewav Audio Effect Presets for Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2019 To begin using these presets, see our guide on how to...
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