Should You Normalize Audio? (When To & Not To Normalize)
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Should You Normalize Audio? (When To & Not To Normalize)

Normalizing audio is a fairly simple concept, but its applications are not always fully understood. Is normalization always necessary, never necessary, or only applicable to certain situations? Let’s find out. Should you normalize audio? Normalizing audio is effective for creating consistent levels between samples, vocal takes, and other audio files before/during mixing and even for…

Do Better Speakers Make A Big Difference In Sound Quality?
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Do Better Speakers Make A Big Difference In Sound Quality?

Roaming around a hi-fi store or checking prices on the internet, you’ll likely come across audiophile-grade speakers. Many of these speakers carry high price tags, have odd-shaped designs, and noteworthy marketing. If speakers range wildly in price, aesthetics and specifications, then it makes sense that some speakers would be objectively better than others. Do better…

Which Is More Important, Speakers Or Amplifiers?
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Which Is More Important, Speakers Or Amplifiers?

Audio equipment can be costly, meaning that people sometimes have to settle on one or more pieces of gear. Should you buy a high-end amplifier and settle on inexpensive speakers, or purchase top-notch speakers and skimp on the amplifier? Which is more important, speakers or amplifiers? Speakers and amplifiers are equally important for music playback….

Is Playing Music Loud Bad For (Damaging To) Speakers?
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Is Playing Music Loud Bad For (Damaging To) Speakers?

Damaging a speaker is one thing audiophiles, musicians, or audio enthusiasts can all agree upon as a terrible occurrence. Speakers can sustain damage in several ways, and in this article, we’ll investigate whether playing music too loud will cause speaker damage. Is playing music loud bad for speakers? Playing music/audio too loud may cause damage…

Top 11 Best Hi-Fi Amplifiers On The Market (By Price)
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Top 11 Best Hi-Fi Amplifiers On The Market (By Price)

A dependable and high-quality amplifier is a key element in the perfect hi-fi system. While the search for the ultimate hi-fi setup is ongoing and highly subjective, a few amplifier options stand out on the market today. Though subjective and prone to biases, I’ve done my best to offer top options at various price points….

11 Best Reverb Plugins (Spring, Plate, Algorithmic, Convolution)
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11 Best Reverb Plugins (Spring, Plate, Algorithmic, Convolution)

We’re currently living in the age of digital audio, and in-the-box mixing within a digital audio workstation is commonplace. Plugins are, therefore, invaluable assets for the modern audio engineer. Whether recorded naturally or as an audio effect, reverb plays a significant role in music production and sound design. So, it makes sense how so many…

Why Do Singers Put Their Mouths On The Microphone?
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Why Do Singers Put Their Mouths On The Microphone?

If you are an avid fan of live music performances, you may have noticed how some singers’ mouths will regularly touch their respective vocal microphones. Some artists have picked up the habit by observing their peers, while others do so for specific performance-enhancing purposes. Why do singers put their mouths on the microphone? The primary…

Is A Microphone Considered A Musical Instrument?
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Is A Microphone Considered A Musical Instrument?

Microphones are a staple tool within the music industry. They amplify voices, record instruments, and make it possible to combine different sounds into one song. But even though microphones are essential in producing music, are they considered actual instruments? Is a microphone considered a musical instrument? Technically, microphones are not musical instruments; they are transducers….

What Is A Monoblock Amplifier? (Monoblock Vs. Stereo Amps)
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What Is A Monoblock Amplifier? (Monoblock Vs. Stereo Amps)

Amplifiers are essential in most audio signal flow paths. When looking at power amplifiers to drive our loudspeakers, we come across many design variations, including the monoblock configuration. What is a monoblock amplifier? A monoblock amplifier is a single unit (“block”) responsible for amplifying a single channel (“mono”). The components of a monoblock amplifier amplify…