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Audacity® Audio Recorder and Editor – Your professional sound studio for recording, editing and playing all common audio files: WAV, AIFF, FLAC, MP2, MP3, OGG Vorbis I For PC + Mac

Audacity is a professional, easy to use audio recording and editing software. The program is compatible with most common audio formats.

Sound can be recorded from sources such as microphones or mixing consoles as well as USB/Firewire devices, streams and many more. Music files can be edited by cutting, copying, pasting and deleting.
Mix different pieces of music. Smoothly fade the volume in or out. Manipulate pitch or replay speed. Remove static and other unwanted background noises. Use different filters and tools to change frequencies and add sound effects. Audio files can also be smoothly converted into different formats.

Recording: Audacity enables you to make recordings from external sources. You can also use multitrack recording to record music and listen to the recorded tracks while you are still recording. Import as many audio files as you want.
Editing: Sound files will be displayed in the classic wave form. This makes exact editing of a marked sequence fairly easy: Smooth transition can be achieved using fade-ins and outs.
The Zoom feature allows you to go to sample size, where you can use the pen tool to perform changes in the samples.
You can mix a large number of titles on numerous tracks, several clips are allowed per track. You can backtrack your steps and un- or re-do any number of actions performed during editing.
Effects: The software offers an enormous range of effects: You can change pitch and replay speed, reduce static and crackle, use delays, dynamic compression, sound optimization, and much more.

Some of the highlights in the spotlight:
– Create live recordings, digitalize your cassettes and records
- Professional recording and editing features
– Includes frequency analysis tool
- Supported formats: WAV, AIFF, FLAC, MP2, MP3, OGG

Product Features

  • Your professional sound studio for recording, editing and playing all common audio files.
  • Create live recordings, digitalize your cassettes and records
  • Comprehensive range of tools, mix any number of tracks and add sound effects
  • Supported formats: WAV, AIFF, FLAC, MP2, MP3, OGG Vorbis
  • For Windows 10, 8, 7 or Vista (32/64 bit) and Mac

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Recording and Producing in the Home Studio: A Complete Guide

(Berklee Methods). With the explosion of project studio gear available, it’s easier than ever to create pro-quality music at home. This book is the only reference you’ll ever need to start producing and engineering your music or other artists’ music in your very own home studio. You don’t have a home studio yet, but have some basic equipment? This essential guide will help you set up your studio, begin producing projects, develop your engineering skills and manage your projects. Stop dreaming and start producing!

Product Features

  • 246 pages Size: 10″ x 8″ Author: David Franz ISBN: 876390483

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TONOR XLR to 3.5mm Podcasting Studio Recording Condenser Microphone for Computer with Adjustable Microphone Suspension Boom Scissor Arm Stand and Microphone Kits

Description:
This XRL to 3.5mm condenser microphone adopts the exacting complete electronic circuit control and gold-plate diaphragm capsule. With a good cardioid polar pickup pattern, high output and low self-noise function, the microphone can accurately reproduce even the most subtle sound. It is suitable especially for studios, recording,broadcasting etc.

Note:
1.When connect the podcasting condenser microphone with laptop, please connect the laptop to electrical outlet(Voltage Required:5V) or use 48-volt phantom power .
The microphone could be used alone when connect with desktop computer.
2.Please decrease the volume and keep a sufficient distance between the microphone and the speaker to avoid howling sound. Please put the microphone away from the amplifier to avoid recording noise due to amplifier.
3.To maintain the sensitivity and quality of sound reproducing, avoid exposing it to moisture and extreme temperatures.

Warranty:12-month warranty. 30-day return.

Package Included:
1 x Podcasting Condenser Microphone
1 x Microphone Suspension Scissor Arm Stand
1 x Table Mounting Clamp
1 x Anti Vibration Shock Mount
1 x Microphone Pop Filter
1 x Foam Protective Anti-wind Cap Cover
1x 3.5mm XLR Low Noise Microphone Cable ( 8.2ft/2.5m)
1x USB External Sound Card (for using with Mac.)
IMPORTANT TIP: For optimal sound quality, face the sound source directly onto the screened sides with “TONOR” logo of the microphone head.

Product Features

  • ♪♫ GOOD SOUND EFFECT MICROPHONE: the condenser microphone adopts complete electronic circuit control and gold-plate diaphragm capsule. With a good cardioid polar pickup pattern,the microphone minimizes background noise and accurately records the most subtle sound.
  • ♪♫ DURABLE & STURDY SCISSOR ARM STAND: the suspension scissor arm stand is made of durable steel material. It can be sturdily mounted on the announcers’ table with the table mounting clamp.
  • ♪♫ PROTECTIVE POP FILTER: the double nylon net microphone wind screen pop filter helps you against plosion and popping to get your best vocal recordings. 360 degree flexible gooseneck provides adjustment of any angle or position as you want.
  • ♪♫ ANTI VIBRATION SHOCK MOUNT: the shock mount is made of solid material and reduce the trill caused by vibration effectively.
  • ♪♫ NOTE:(1)It cannot be used with mobile phone and tablet computer.(2)Voltage Required:5V, to obtain the best sound quality. (3) For optimal sound quality, face the sound source directly onto the screened sides with Tonor logo of the microphone head.(4) 48V Phantom Power Supply is NOT INCLUDED!

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Pyle PSIB27 Sound Recording Booth Box, Studio Soundproofing Foam Shield Isolation Filter Cube

The Pyle PSiB27 Sound Isolation Recording Booth Cube Shield features sound dampening foam that assists unwanted sounds from contaminating your recordings. The box shield creates an acoustic boundary around the microphone that improves vocal audio flow — directing your voice to the containment area, and at the same time, preventing room reflections from directly entering the recording zone. The isolation box will help you achieve a more crisp and clean sound, preferred by most music professionals. Unwanted outside audio waves and vibrations, also known as noise and interference, are shielded while your voice has a clear path to your microphone. It’s lightweight and portable so you can easily transport from the studio countertop to the recording booth. Get that studio-quality recording sound you’ve been looking for with the Pyle PSiB27 Soundproofing Foam Shield Isolation Cube.

Product Features

  • Versatile Mic Recording & Sound Isolation Ability – Portable and Compact Cube Design
  • Ready to Record: Quick & Easy Setup – Soundproofing Studio Foam ‘Wedge’ Acoustic Tiles
  • Box-Style Engineered for Maximum Absorption/Isolation – Foam Color: Charcoal Gray
  • High Density Noise-Absorbing Acoustic Foam – Tripod Mount & Microphone not included
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 12.2” x 13.0” x 13.3” -Open (25.2” x 13.2” x 2.4” -Folded)

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ADV PRO i206-r Recording On The Air Radio Studio NEW Light Sign

Great Gift for your dearest! Excellent for displaying in shops, bars, pubs, clubs, restaurants, game rooms and anywhere you like. With nearly 20 years of experience, ADV PRO signs do not just apply traditional line engraving or laser engraving technology. Our light signs are carved with the latest 3-Dimension, surface, and line engraving technologies, which make the signs look really different! Entertain Your Eyes! Enlighten Your Life! Enjoy ADV PRO Light Signs!

Product Features

  • Overall size: W 12″x H 8.5″ (W 300mm x H 210mm). Use LED as light source, life span is longer than 100,000 hours. Default color is shown in the first gallery picture, for Non FBA order, if you need to change to other colors (either blue, red, green, yellow, purple, orange or white), please contact us after payment confirmed
  • Provide a 5 ft/ 1.5m white wire with ON/OFF switch function. (US plug 110v to USA & CA) (UK plug 240v to UK) (AU plug 240v to AU & NZ) (EU plug 240v to EU & other countries)
  • Highlighted features: The aluminum light box is redesigned in modern round sharp like the gallery picture shown, which makes the product look more elegant and easy to fix on wall (We do not use the thin plastic light bar which may damage easily). All signs are engraved with clear acrylic, they are transparent and do not have black background.
  • Every sign produced by ADV PRO Shop should have a laser sticker like the gallery picture shown, it represents high quality product & has passed the quality control. With this sticker on the product, you enjoy an 1-Year Limited Warranty for the light. If you can’t find the laser sticker on the product, it may be a copycat product
  • ADV PRO signs are carved by the latest 3D, Surface and Line engraving technologies (attractive in all directions). We do not use the laser engraving method which only provides 2D surface effect

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Neewer Professional Studio Broadcasting / Recording NW-700 Condenser Microphone & NW-107 Folding Type Height Adjustable Microphone Tripod Boom Floor Stand Kit

(1)NW-700 Condenser Microphone:
The professional condenser microphone has a cardioid pick-up pattern that isolates the main sound source and minimizes background noise, highlighting the performance with smooth frequency response range for best vocal.
Gold-sputtered diaphragm for accurate sound reproduction.
Low noise, wide dynamic range and high sensitivity output.
Fashionable design. Noble and elegant appearance.Sturdy and durable.
Specification:
Polar Pattern: Cardioid
Body Weight: 11oz/316g
Color: Black
Material: Metal

NOTE: The NW-700 Condenser Microphone is POWERED by the advanced SOUND CARD with 5 VOLTS, NOT the traditional battery powered. SO PLEASE CHECK your computer’s sound card before using the microphone.(Generally, the voltage of old type computer’s sound card is 3V, new type computer is 5V.) The 3V Sound Card will make the microphone’s sound LOWER, while the 5V Sound Card will make the sound normal.

(1)Microphone Tripod Boom Floor Stand with Clip:
This model boasts hybrid sheet METAL and composite leg housing, making it lightweight and unbreakable.
Professional quality die-cast zinc clutch locks vertical shaft at any height from 13 to 20 inches.
The legs fold down for the most compact storage.
Specifications:
Material: Metal
Height Adj.: 13″-20″/32cm-52cm
Boom Length: 10″/25cm

(1)Microphone Wind Screen Pop Filter Mask Shield:
Protect your microphone from surplus spit caused by over eager performers.

(1)Metal Mic Shock Mount:
Isolate most studio condenser mics from physical vibration, floor, and stand noise.

(1)Ball-type Anti-wind Foam Cap:
Reduce the occurrence of wind, breath sounds and popping noises.

(1)Audio Cable:
Length: Approx. 2.5m/8.2feet

Product Features

  • Scratch and dust resistant. The protective case adopts a shock absorption technology that ensures protections against scrapes and scratches.
  • The reinforced edge cushioning of the case provides full protection of the four corners and sides to your new phone.
  • The cover allows full access to controls and features with Perfect cutouts for microphone, camera, and other ports.
  • The raised lip protects the touchscreen from scratches and the rear camera is protected by a back tapered lip.
  • The slim-fit case was made with fused PC and TPU materials to protect your device fully.

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Focusrite Scarlett Solo Studio (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface and Recording Bundle with Pro Tools | First

Get everything you need to make studio quality recordings on your Mac or PC, all in one box. Scarlett Solo Studio Pack includes the compact Scarlett Solo USB audio interface, a large-diaphragm condenser microphone, closed-back headphones, and all the cables and software you need to start recording with a computer. Also, Scarlett Solo Studio now comes with an exclusive version of Pro Tools | First Focusrite Creative Pack, as well as Ableton Live Lite. It is compatible with all major DAWs, on Mac and PC. It takes only minutes to set up for the first time, then you can just plug straight in and start recording.

Product Features

  • Includes: Scarlett Solo USB audio interface, condenser microphone, headphones, 10′ XLR mic cable, mic stand clip
  • One natural-sounding Scarlett mic preamp with plenty of even gain; one newly-designed instrument input, designed to handle seriously hot guitar pick-ups
  • Class-leading conversion and sample rates up to 192kHz / 24 bit
  • Super-low latency for using your plug-ins in real time without the need for DSP (measured at 2.74ms, working at 96kHz with a 32 samples buffer)
  • Includes Pro Tools | First Focusrite Creative Pack and Ableton Live Lite, Focusrite Control, Softube Time and Tone Bundle, Focusrite’s Red Plug-in Suite, 2GB of Loopmasters samples

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Floureon BM-800 Condenser Sound Studio Recording Microphone Mic + Shock Mount (Blue)

Specification:
Brand: Floureon
Polar Pattern: Uni-directional
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
Sensitivity: 45dB¡À1dB
Output Impedance:1500¦¸¡À30%(at 1kHz)
Load impedance: ¡Ý1000 ¦¸
Equivalent Noise level: 16dBA
Electrical current: 3mA
Microphone output interface: 3.5mm
Use of voltage: 48V phantom power supply
Wire: 3.5 inserted audio interface, 3 meter long
Microphone body weight: 230g
Size: Approx. 16 x 5 x 5cm/6.3 x 1.97 x 1.97inch
Microphone Material: Steel net + Zinc alloy hand holding part

Note:
1. This is a Condenser Microphone only work with the device that could provide enough power for it.
When connected with desktop computer, the Condenser Microphone could be used alone;
When connected with laptop computer, please connect the laptop to electrical outlet, or use a 48V phantom power to get enough power if the sound is not clear and high enough.
2. If your device could not provide enough power(When used with Amplifier or Mixer,etc.), the sound volume recorded might be low, and please use a extra 48V phantom power adapter to connect it.(phantom power adapter is not included)
3. Can not be used with mobile phone and tablet computer.
4. If you want better sound effect, a sound card could be used.
5. When recording,please put the microphone away from the amplifier to prevent recording noise due to amplifier.
Package Included:
1x Black Microphone; 1xShock Mount; 1x Power Cord; 1x Anti-wind foam cap; 1x User Manual

Product Features

  • With Cardiod(undirectional) pickup pattern supresses feedback + low self-noise, suitable for studios, recording studios, broadcasting stations, adage performances and computer.
  • Shock Mount to reduces handling noise, ideal for radio broadcasting studio, voice-over sound studio, recording and so on
  • The Mic Shock Mount With Standard screw adapter, you can mount it on all the standard microphone stands
  • Tailored frequency response provides vocal intelligibility and crispness & Neodymiun magnet for high signal-to-noise ratio
  • This is a Condenser Microphone only work with the device that could provide enough power for it.

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Do Not Disturb Recording In Progress 12″x18″ Building Business Studio Sign

Parking Signs are a necessary addition to any parking lot or side street to keep out unauthorized vehicles and help vehicles avoid being towed due to illegal parking.

Posting a parking sign can communicate any number of policies, such as telling where workplace visitors and guests can park, identifying areas for emergency personnel to park, and even defining parking conditions, such as 30 Minute Parking.

Use reserved parking signs to assign spots for expectant mothers, for those with permits or to save the spot for each employee of the month. We also offer various custom parking signs to reflect your specific parking messages and warnings.

Specifications

-Made in USA

-Highly Visible

-Available in brilliant colors!

-Weather resistant

-High Resolution Graphics

Product Features

  • Dimensions are 12″w x 18″h with rounded corners
  • Digitally printed on rustproof .030 PVC
  • 100% weatherproof & waterproof!
  • Pre-drilled holes centered top & bottom for easy installation
  • Vivid Graphics & Colors for high visibility

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Neewer® NW-700 Professional Studio Broadcasting & Recording Condenser Microphone Kit, Kit Includes: (1)NW-700 Condenser Microphone + (1)NW-35 Adjustable Recording Microphone Suspension Scissor Arm Stand with Microphone Clip & Table Mounting Clamp + (1)Metal Microphone Shock Mount + (1)NW-3 Microphone Wind Screen Pop Filter Mask Shield + (1)Ball-type Anti-wind Foam Cap + (1)Microphone Audio Cable

NOTE:
1.The Condenser Microphone only works with the device that could provide enough power (Voltage Rquired:5V) for it.
When connected with desktop computer, the Microphone could be used alone;
When connected with laptop computer, please connect the laptop to electrical outlet, or use a 48V phantom power to get enough power if the sound is not clear and high enough.
2.If your device could not provide enough power(when used with Amplifier or Mixer, etc.), the sound volume recorded might be low, and please use a extra 48V phantom power adapter to connect it.(phantom power adapter is not included).
3.The microphone can not be used with mobile phone and tablet computer.
4.If you want better sound effect, a sound card should be used.
5.When recording, please put the microphone away from the amplifier to prevent recording noise due to amplifier.

(1)NW-700 Professional Condenser Microphone

Has a cardioid pick-up pattern that isolates the main sound source and minimizes background noise, highlighting the performance with smooth frequency response range for best vocal.

Gold-sputtered diaphragm for accurate sound reproduction.

Low noise, wide dynamic range, high sensitivity output.

Material: Metal

(1)Scissor Arm Stand with Clip & Clamp

A standard microphone clip allows you to mount any standard-sized handheld microphone.

Adjustable legs for placement on uneven surfaces. Allow you to carry it with you easily and adjust the suitable angle & height to show your perfect voice.

Equipped with super-strong spring.

Material: Steel + Plastic.

Extend up to Approx.31.5″/80cm.

(1)Microphone Wind Screen Pop Filter Mask Shield

Protect your microphone from surplus spit and the accumulation of saliva.

(1)Metal Mic Shock Mount

(1)Ball-type Foam Cap

(1)Audio Cable:

Length: Approx. 8.2ft/2.5m

Product Features

  • The Set Includes: (1)NW-700 Condenser Microphone + (1)NW-35 Adjustable Recording Microphone Suspension Scissor Arm Stand with Microphone Clip & Table Mounting Clamp + (1)Metal Microphone Shock Mount + (1)NW-3 Studio Microphone Wind Screen Pop Filter Mask Shield + (1)Ball-type Anti-wind Foam Cap + (1)Microphone Audio Cable.
  • The professional condenser microphone adopts the completely new audio circuit. Capture rich, full-bodied sound from sources that are directly in front of the mic. The cardioid pick-up pattern minimizes background noise and isolates the main sound source.
  • The adjustable scissor arm stand is made out of all steel construction, sturdy and durable. Folding type, convenient to carry. Can be mounted on the announcers’ table. The double-braced arms add strength. Your microphone is held safely on this scissor arm microphone clip.
  • The microphone wind screen pop filter mask shield can ensure that your tracks are audible and easy to understand.And also it will make sure your message loud and clear, and banish the dreaded hissing and lisping sounds.
  • The metal shock mount features an angle adjustment with locking knob and can effectively reduce handling noise. The ball-type anti-wind foam cap can protect microphone against wind interference and singers’ spit.

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LEGO Friends 41103 Pop Star Recording Studio Building Kit

Record hit after hit in the Pop Star Recording Studio! The LEGO Friends Pop Star Recording Studio has a recording booth, production room, CD player with eject function and a seating area. Get ready to lay down some new tracks! Help Olivia get all the technical equipment in the production room ready for Livi the pop star to come in and record her next big hit album. Now it’s time to head into the recording booth to test out all the settings. Put Olivia’s headset on then grab the guitar, step up to the microphone and have fun recording a demo. At the end of the song, press the button to eject the CD and have a rest on the sofa with a drink and a magazine. You are all set for a great hit! Includes Olivia mini-doll figure. Features a 2-sided Recording Studio with a recording booth, seating area and a production room with brick-built speakers, control panels, computer screen and CD player with eject function.

Product Features

  • Accessory elements include a microphone and stand, guitar, headset, sheet music, video camera, CD, glass and a magazine
  • Play the star and sing your favorite songs in the recording booth
  • Help Olivia adjust all the technical equipment to record some great songs
  • Push the button at the end of the session to eject the CD
  • Pop Star Recording Studio measures over 2″ (7cm) high, 5″ (15cm) wide and 1″ (3cm) deep

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Blue Microphones Yeti Studio All-In-One Professional Recording System for Vocals

Yeti Studio combines the award-winning Yeti USB microphone with Studio One recording software and iZotope Nectar Elements advanced studio vocal effects. Start recording fast with customized easy-to-use quick-start templates. Using Yeti Studio means more productivity, more creativity, and more professional-level content.

Product Features

  • Includes Yeti, the best-selling multi-pattern USB microphone
  • PreSonus(r) Studio One(r) Artist Blue Microphones Edition multi-track recording software
  • iZotope(r) Nectar(r) Elements vocal production software
  • Custom Yeti Studio templates for voice-overs, podcasts, music and more

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Focusrite Scarlett Solo Studio USB Audio Interface Recording Package

Scarlett Solo Studio Pack gives you everything you need to record with legendary Focusrite sound quality on your Mac or PC. It contains a compact metal USB audio interface with an award-winning Focusrite microphone preamp and instrument input, a large diaphragm CM25 condenser microphone, professional closed-back HP60 headphones that block out distracting outside noise to let you focus on recording and mixing your music, and a three-meter microphone cable. It also includes all the software and sounds you need to get started straight away, including Cubase recording software and our Scarlett plug-in suite for mixing your recordings. Simply connect the microphone, plug your instrument into the crystal clear DI/line input and start recording. The exceptional Focusrite preamp, from a range considered by many to be the best in the world, will capture the most stunning vocals possible, while the precision converters transform your live performance into studio-quality digital audio. Compact and tough enough to use anywhere, Scarlett Solo will help you make the best recordings possible. Whenever inspiration strikes, simply plug your instrument straight into the crystal clear DI/line input and start recording. The unique gain halos will stay green when your level is good and turn red if you get too loud. To hear exactly what you’re recording without any distracting latency, just flick the direct monitor switch. You won’t even need to carry a power supply, because it is all USB powered by your Mac or PC. Welcome to Focusrite’s world of high quality music recording, where Sound is Everything.

Product Features

  • Studio-quality recording package for your Mac and PC – includes CM25S studio-quality condenser microphone, HP60S studio monitoring headphones, 3 meter XLR mic cable, mic stand clip, and USB cable
  • Focusrite Scarlett Solo USB audio interface, bus-powered
  • Focusrite mic preamp and instrument input
  • Precision 24-bit / 96kHz conversion with 105 dB dynamic range
  • Everything you need: Cubase LE recording software, 1GB Loopmasters sample content, Novation Bass Station virtual instrument, Focusrite Scarlett Plug-in Suite

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Recording Secrets for the Small Studio

Discover how to achieve commercial-grade recordings, even in the smallest studios, by applying power-user techniques from the world’s most successful producers.

Recording Secrets for the Small Studio is an intensive training course specifically designed for small-studio enthusiasts who want a fast track to release-quality results. Based on the backroom strategies of more than 200 famous names, this thorough and down-to-earth guide leads you through a logical sequence of practical tasks to build your live-room skills progressively from the ground up. On the way, you’ll unravel the mysteries of many specialist studio tactics and gain the confidence to tackle a full range of real-world recording situations. User-friendly explanations introduce technical concepts on a strictly need-to-know basis, while chapter summaries, assignments, and extensive online resources are perfect for school and college use.

* Learn the fundamental principles of mic technique that you can apply in any recording scenario — and how to avoid those rookie mistakes that all too often compromise the sonics of lower-budget productions.

* Explore advanced techniques which help industry insiders maintain their competitive edge even under the most adverse conditions: creative phase manipulation, improvised acoustics tweaks, inventive monitoring workarounds, subtle psychological tricks…

* Find out where you don’t need to spend money, as well as how to make a limited budget really count.

* Make the best use of limited equipment and session time, especially in situations where you’re engineering and producing single-handed.

* Pick up tricks and tips from celebrated engineers and producers across the stylistic spectrum, including Steve Albini, Roy Thomas Baker, Joe Barresi, Tchad Blake, Bruce Botnick, Joe Chiccarelli, Neil Dorfsman, Jack Douglas, Geoff Emerick, Paul Epworth, Humberto Gatica, Nigel Godrich, Andy Johns, Eddie Kramer, Kevin Killen, George Massenburg, Hugh Padgham, Alan Parsons, Jack Joseph Puig, Phil Ramone, Bob Rock, Elliott Scheiner, Al Schmitt, Bruce Swedien, Butch Vig, Tony Visconti, and many, many more…

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CAD Audio U37 USB Studio Recording Microphone with Knox Pop Filter & Full-Size Headphones

Record studio-quality audio directly to your computer via USB with the CAD U37 side-address condenser microphone–a great choice for both vocal and instruments as well as for creating podcasts and voiceovers for videos. Compatible with both Windows and Mac OS operating systems, you can simply plug the U37 into your PC and start recording.The U37 features two switches on the front. The first switch allows you to decrease the sensitivity of the microphone so the sound quality is clear for extremely loud sounds. For example, the switch should be in the “-10″ position for loud voices, percussion and other high sound pressure level devices. The “0” position should be used for normal voices and string instruments.

BUNDLE INCLUDES

* < CAD Audio U37 USB Studio Recording Microphone

* Knox Pop Filter

* JVC HARX300 Full-Size Headphones (Black)

Product Features

  • Record studio-quality audio directly to your computer
  • Excellent for vocals and instruments; Simply plug in and start recording
  • Podcast over the internet; Windows and Macintosh compatible
  • Create your own audio for video and record your own songs
  • Kit Includes Cad Audio Pop Filter and Recording Studio Headphones

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Lexicon Alpha Desktop Recording Studio

The Lexicon Alpha Desktop Recording Studio continues the tradition of excellence established by its popular siblings, the Lambda and Omega desktop recording studios. Alpha Studio is a bus-powered 2x2x2 USB I/O Mixer packaged as a complete recording solution with Cubase LE and the Lexicon Pantheon VST Reverb plug-in. The Alpha Studio features one XLR microphone input, two TRS line inputs, and two TRS & RCA line outs. Alpha’s front panel features an ultra high-z 1/4-inch instrument input for direct to computer recording and a 1/8-inch high powered headphone output for use with professional or consumer headphones. Record anywhere you can carry your laptop! Studio quality hardware and powerful software that turns your PC or Mac into a 24-bit recording studio. FOUR INPUTS: RECORD UP TO TWO TRACKS AT ONCE! Stereo line inputs for keyboards, drum machines or analog output of a CD/MP3 player. RF-filtered TRS active-balanced inputs accept either balanced or unbalanced signals. Low-noise mic preamp with balanced XLR inputs. High-impedance front panel input for electric guitar or bass. PROFESSIONAL MIXER FEATURES Separate mic and line level input controls with individual peak indicators. Monitor mix control for balancing an audio source between live input and playback mix level while recording. Can be switched to stereo or mono. High-powered headphone amp offers ultra-clear fidelity while delivering ample power for any type of headphones. RF-filtered and TRS balanced Line outputs for speaker monitoring. USB POWERED Connect to your computer with the included USB cable and record with the included Cubase LE software. No need for a power supply… so you can record anywhere you can take your laptop.

Product Features

  • Record up to 2 tracks at once
  • 44.1kHz to 48kHz sample rates, 16-bit or 24-bit resolution
  • One XLR mic, two TRS line, and one Hi-Z instrument inputs
  • Two TRS and RCA line outputs
  • Software suite includes Cubase LE4 and Lexicon Pantheon VST reverb plug-in

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Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio

Discover how to achieve release-quality mixes even in the smallest studios by applying power-user techniques from the world’s most successful producers.

Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio is a down-to-earth primer for small-studio enthusiasts who want chart-ready sonics in a hurry. Drawing on the back-room strategies of more than 100 famous names, this entertaining guide leads you step-by-step through the entire mixing process. On the way, you’ll unravel the mysteries of every type of mix processing, from simple EQ and compression through to advanced spectral dynamics and “fairy dust” effects. User-friendly explanations introduce technical concepts on a strictly need-to-know basis, while chapter summaries and assignments are perfect for school and college use.

  • Learn the subtle editing, arrangement, and monitoring tactics which give industry insiders their competitive edge, and master the psychological tricks which protect you from all the biggest rookie mistakes.
  • Find out where you don’t need to spend money, as well as how to make a limited budget really count.
  • Pick up tricks and tips from leading-edge engineers working on today’s multi-platinum hits, including Michael Brauer, Serban Ghenea, the Lord-Alge brothers, Tony Maserati, Manny Marroquin, Dave “Hard Drive” Pensado, Jack Joseph Puig, Mark “Spike” Stent, Phil Tan, Andy Wallace, and many, many more . . .

Amazon Exclusive: A Letter from Mike Senior on Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio, “The ‘Why The Hell’ Challenge”

Mike Senior

Whenever I read anything about mixing, my first question is this: why the hell should I believe what this person’s saying?

It would therefore be daft of me to expect any better treatment. So why should you believe me when I say that you can create commercial-grade mixes in a typical small home/college studio?

My first answer to this question is that you can judge for yourself, with your own ears, because dozens of my mixes for Sound On Sound magazine’s popular “Mix Rescue” column are available free online–there’s a taster of some of them on this very page, and lots more available on my own webpage. In all these cases I’ve started with real-world small-studio recordings and used widely available mass-market technology to remix it to a commercial level, all without ever setting foot inside a “real” studio. Go on, take a listen. If you want that kind of transformation for your music, then you can find a detailed explanation of my method in Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio.

The second reason you might want to take notice of these mixing techniques, though, is that they’ve been drawn not only from my own professional experience, but also from more than four million words of first-hand interviews with the highest-profile engineers and producers on the planet. Whatever you think of my personal advice, it’s a bit trickier to dismiss the opinions of 100 of the studio industry’s biggest names.

But at the end of the day it’s your call: does Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio pass your own “why the hell” test? You might just find that it’s the only mixing book on the market that actually does . . .

–Mike Senior


Amazon Exclusive: Top Ten Small-Studio Myths–Busted

Amongst many other things in Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio, I try to deliver a stout kicking to the following questionable (but surprisingly pervasive) pieces of received wisdom:

You need high-end gear to create commercial-grade mixes.

While great gear makes mixing quicker and easier, it’s not a deal-breaker. To demonstrate this, I deliberately do all my “Mix Rescue” remixes for Sound On Sound magazine on budget gear in small home/college studios. In some cases, I’ve even restricted myself to the DAW’s built-in plug-ins too–as Greg Kurstin did when mixing Lily Allen’s hit record The Fear. If you won’t take my word for it, though, here’s top producer Frank Filipetti: “Your ears, your mind, your musical abilities are what it’s all about. Put a George Massenburg, a Hugh Padgham, a Kevin Killen together with any kind of gear, and you’ll get a great-sounding record.” Tony Visconti is one of many others who back him up: “I’ve heard people make very bad records on expensive gear. The gear does not dictate the quality. It’s how you use it.” So I’m afraid that if your mix sucks, your mixing technique sucks. No two ways about it.

Use the speakers with the flattest frequency response.

This isn’t actually the most important thing when working under budget constraints, because your ear can adapt to a speaker’s frequency balance quite readily. When you’ve not got much money to buy monitors for mixing, a flat frequency response is much less critical than good time-domain response. Indeed, the two most celebrated mixing speakers of all time, the Yamaha NS10 and the Auratone 5C Super Sound Cube, both have extremely uneven frequency-response plots, but excellent time-domain performance.

Trust your ears.

They may be all you’ve got to hear with, but if you’re going to achieve pro-standard mixes then you should trust your ears about as far as you can stretch them! They will lie to you at every opportunity if you give them half a chance, and you need to stay vigilant to avoid being caught out. Ever had that “morning after” horror of realizing that last night’s great-sounding mix actually sounds like a wasp in a tin? Or have you ever carefully adjusted a mix effect for five minutes before realizing the stupid thing isn’t actually plugged in? Those common experiences are just the tip of the iceberg, and it’s only by learning to work around the fickleness of your own hearing that you can begin to get decent mix results reliably.

Timing/tuning-correction kills the music!

Corrective processing can certainly produce unmusical results, but it’s important to realize that it doesn’t have to, even if you’re just using the editing facilities built into your software DAW. Furthermore, almost every small-studio production I’ve worked on sounded more musical (and became a lot easier to mix) once careful timing and tuning correction had been applied. And I’ve yet to have a single client complain about it either!

Start your mix with the drums.

That might work with some mixes, but it’s often not the best decision. For example, in a lot of styles you actually want to give the lead vocals the biggest “wow” factor, sonically speaking. In that case, it’s much better to start with those while your ears are fresh, and while you’ve still got lots of mix real estate and computer CPU power to play with.

Try to make every instrument sound its best.

This can be a recipe for disaster at mixdown. The moment you put two instruments together, each will inevitably compromise the quality of the other, and mixing is not just about deciding which instruments need to sound best–it’s also about deciding which can afford to sound less good. You may need to make some parts of your mix sound worse in order to make your all-important lead vocal sound better, for instance. As producer John Leckie puts it: “You can’t have spectacular everything–then you wonder why the mix doesn’t sound any good, because everything’s crowding everything else. When you solo the instruments, everything sounds good, but when it’s all put together it’s a jumbled-up mess, so something’s got to give way.”

Reverb has to sound natural.

Wrong. Although realistic-sounding room simulation has its place in many mixes, there’s a whole lot more to using reverb effects than that. Even the dodgiest-sounding reverb unit can prove extremely handy when enhancing an instrument’s tone/decay characteristics, or stereo image. In fact, a lot of the established classic reverb units sound pretty unnatural (the AMS RMX16, say, or the EMT 140 plate), but that doesn’t stop them from appearing all over the current charts.

Perhaps it just needs professional mastering? (If only I had the Celestial Systems Mix Perfectizer plug-in!)

I call this the “silver bullet” myth–that comforting delusion that the only thing separating your mix from the ones you hear on the radio is some single esoteric process. Well, here’s some news: I’ve heard thousands of real small-studio mixes, as well as remixing dozens of them for “Mix Rescue,” and whenever I hear someone utter the silver bullet myth, it’s never, ever a single “magic ingredient” that their mix actually needs! The malaise can almost always be traced to a whole selection of minor misjudgments that have been made at various points in the arrangement, editing, and mixing process. In other words, if you improve your basic mixing technique, the “fairy dust” will look after itself.

But you just can’t do that!

In mixing the end justifies the means. Whatever you’re given to work from, the bottom line is that you’re expected to turn it into something that sounds like a finished record. It doesn’t matter if you have to replace the drums with samples, stuff synth pads between the guitar layers, add new backing vocals, or remove certain instruments entirely–just as long as your final product sounds great enough to make the client a happy bunny.

Professionals don’t make mistakes.

Rubbish. Professionals make mistakes like everyone else, but they turn them to their advantage. “You’re going to make mistakes,” says Humberto Gatica. “The important thing is to learn from them.” Mixing in particular is one long experiment, in which mistakes play a vital role by identifying any mixing tactics that are unsuitable for the job at hand. For this reason professional engineers at the highest level will cheerfully scrap a mix completely and redo it. “I will often restart mixes three or four times,” reveals Fabian Marasciullo. “Put everything back to zero and try again, re-blend and EQ everything.” Justin Niebank doesn’t think twice about heading back to the drawing board either: “I’m not afraid to pull all the faders back down again if it doesn’t work. That’s too great a hurdle for many engineers: but if necessary, don’t get precious, and start over.”

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