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A transducer is a device that converts one form of energy into another. Microphones, some of the most common transducers around, convert acoustic energy into electrical energy. All microphones perform this conversion process, but the way the process happens varies, leaving us with three primary types of mics to choose from:
Empire Sound Studio, located near Dallas, Texas, has recorded some of the biggest acts in music in nearly every musical genre — and one of their favorite mic brands to use in the studio is MXL. MXL Microphones got a chance to talk to Alex Gerst, engineer and founder of Empire Sound Studio, about how the studio got its start and why MXL Mics have remained mainstays in the mic locker throughout the years.
The Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards were created over 33 years ago to celebrate the individuals, companies, and technical innovations that help contribute to the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, video games, and multi-media, that we all know and love. The TEC Awards are considered the “Oscars” of the pro audio and sound recording industry, and the awards will be presented this year during the annual NAMM show in Anaheim, Calif., on Jan. 28th, 2018.
The multiple Grammy-winning producer and composer has been a big fan of MXL Mics for more than a decade. Wright first gained notoriety for arranging strings for smash hits like Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop ‘Till You Get Enough” and “Rock with You,” and he continues to work with top pop artists today, recording strings for Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience album and Ty Dolla $ign’s Free TC. Here’s more on how MXL plays a big part in this music legend’s career.
If you want a quick guide on how best to use each of MXL’s wide array of high-quality microphones, check this out.
To put it simply, because of convenience. With built-in preamps, internal analog to digital converters, and simple “plug-and-play” connectivity, USB mics have become an invaluable tool for professionals on the go. Here’s how they’re raising the bar for mobile sound quality.
There are many ways to record an acoustic guitar to get a wide range of different sounds, but no matter which techniques you use — and how many mics are involved — here are some things to keep in mind:
Condenser mics are best known for their sound sensitivity, wide frequency response, and phantom power requirements, but what’s going on inside to give them that signature sound? Let’s take a closer look:
Here’s a TV trivia contest. What TV show has been on TV everyday since it’s first episode ran? I think we can all guess the answer…”I Love Lucy”, which premiered on October 15, 1951, and is still running right now, somewhere in the world. There are two reasons the show has been so popular for over 60 years. The first is indisputably great content. The scripts, and acting on the show are timeless. Even in black and white, set in America in the 1950s, the comedy routines are timeless, with Lucy pulling off some of the greatest gags ever written. The second reason we all take for granted. Great production. We watch the show, and don’t even give thought to the magnificent picture and sound quality that remains today.