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Pro Audio

Pro Audio: Passive vs Active Direct (DI) Boxes

A direct box (sometimes referred to as a direct input box) is used to convert an unbalanced high-impedance signal (like the output of a guitar or keyboard) to a balanced low-impedance signal at microphone level. This prevents noise from being added over longer cable runs.

Pro Audio: Plugins and Processing Tips for Mixing Podcasts

Josh shares the exact plugins (and settings) he uses when editing and mixing episodes of the podcast series, Talking Too Loud. He also provides a path for those who want to use the stock plugins included with your DAW software.

Plugin bundles

Pro Audio: 5 Great Plugin Subscription Bundles

If you're like most home studio enthusiasts, there's a good chance you suffer greatly from a condition I call "plugin addiction." It's a never-ending quest to find the greatest plugins imaginable. You literally spend hours reading articles and watching YouTube...

Pro Audio: Attack & Release – How to Compress a Snare Drum

In this article, we will explore how you can use a compressor to create unique snare sounds from the exact same source material. From short and tight to long and resonant, we’ll learn (and hear) how you can use different combinations of attack and release settings to get the sound you’re going for.

Pro Audio: Get the Best Out of Your Podcast Audio With These Recommendations

With many people still at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s a great opportunity to either start a new podcast or take some simple steps to improve the quality of the audio you’re putting out into the world. In this installment of Pro Audio, we’ll cover some of the gear you’ll need to create high-quality podcast audio on a budget, with additional recommendations if you’re fortunate enough to have extra funds.

Pro Audio Mastering

Pro Audio: Mastering Audio 101

What is mastering, why is it important, and what is the process like? In this installment of Pro Audio, we'll take a broad look at the dark art that is "mastering" audio. The Mastering Suite at Engine Room Audio By...

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