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An Introduction to Equalization - A free download from Audio Masterclass

Equipping Your Home Recording Studio - A free download from Audio Masterclass

An Introduction to Compression: Basic Compression - A free download from Audio Masterclass

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Visualizing stereo information using Lissajous figures

A great-sounding live vocal mic that you might never have heard of [with video]

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When using a drum virtual instrument, should you record each drum to its own individual track?

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Two microphone preamplifiers compared at Abbey Road Studio 2 - tube and transistor

Tested are the Universal Audio Solo/610 (tube) and the Focusrite ISA One.

This video shows extracts from a test we made at Abbey Road Studio 2, where we compared two microphone preamplifiers on female vocal. Tested are the Universal Audio Solo/610, which is a vacuum tube preamp, and the Focusrite ISA One, which uses transistors.

Both preamps feature gain and output controls. In theory, using a high gain and low output should give more warmth; low gain and high output should offer a cleaner sound. Listen to the results and decide for yourself...

By David Mellor Saturday July 11, 2015
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