What Is Stereo Audio/Sound? (Vs. Mono & Surround)
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What Is Stereo Audio/Sound? (Vs. Mono & Surround)

Stereo audio has been a dominant format for analog and digital audio for decades, particularly in the music industry. It’s a relatively simple format that does a good job of emulating the way we naturally hear the world around us (so long as we’re monitoring it appropriately). And while it has its drawbacks, it’s still…

What Is Audio Signal Flow? The Full Beginners’ Guide
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What Is Audio Signal Flow? The Full Beginners’ Guide

Signal flow is one of the most important concepts to understand in music production and audio more generally. It’s the basis of how all audio systems work. Whether you’re just starting out or you want to deepen your knowledge of signal flow, you’ve come to the right place. What is audio signal flow? Signal flow…

Audio: Buses Vs. Subgroups, Aux Sends/Returns, VCAs & Groups
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Audio: Buses Vs. Subgroups, Aux Sends/Returns, VCAs & Groups

Auxes, buses, sends, returns, VCAs, groups, subgroups, and many more terms make up the wide lexicon of audio technology. When learning about music and audio production, the glossary of terms can be overwhelming, and what’s worse is that many terms are used interchangeably. Let’s consider these related terms and their definitions to help you keep…

What Is Headroom In Audio? (Recording, Mixing & Mastering)
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What Is Headroom In Audio? (Recording, Mixing & Mastering)

Headroom is a foundational concept in audio technology that is often overlooked in the age of digital recording, especially among beginners. Understanding the fundamentals of audio, including the definition of headroom, will enhance your knowledge and, ultimately, your skill when working with audio. What is headroom in audio? Headroom is the difference between an audio…

Complete Guide To Digital Audio Formats (MP3, WAV, & More)
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Complete Guide To Digital Audio Formats (MP3, WAV, & More)

The field of digital audio formats can be confusing, especially with so many different options around. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages, and choosing the perfect one for your project can be challenging. What are digital audio formats? Digital audio formats are file formats for storing digital audio data on computer systems. These formats can be uncompressed (all…

What Is The Best Audio Format (Size, Quality, Compatibility)
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What Is The Best Audio Format (Size, Quality, Compatibility)

A hugely important part of producing and distributing music, podcasts and audio, more generally is selecting the right audio format for the job. There are a lot of different audio formats available today. As a music producer, narrator or even an average Joe trying to record your memories, it can be confusing knowing which format…

Do High-Resolution (Hi-Res) Audio Files Make A Difference?
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Do High-Resolution (Hi-Res) Audio Files Make A Difference?

High-resolution audio is a popular buzzword in the world of streaming and audio file formats, more generally. Streaming services are increasingly advertising this as the next big advancement in digital audio, with hardware manufacturers releasing headphones and music players marketed to be capable of ‘Hi-Res Audio’. Do High-Resolution (Hi-Res) audio files make a difference? Hi-Res…

WAV Or MP3: Which Is The Superior Audio Format?
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WAV Or MP3: Which Is The Superior Audio Format?

The battle of digital audio formats for both music and recordings continues. Two of the most popular audio file types are WAV and MP3. However, there’s often much confusion surrounding the benefits and drawbacks of each audio format. Which is better for music? What about recordings? Which is a better digital audio format, MP3 or…

SSD Or HDD For Audio Engineering & Music Production?
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SSD Or HDD For Audio Engineering & Music Production?

Not so long ago, SSDs (Solid State Drives) were a niche and expensive drive technology only used by power users and gamers. However, the price per gigabyte of SSDs has dramatically fallen in recent years, and they have never been more accessible to amateur and professional music producers and audio engineers. At that same time,…

Are Audio Amplifiers Analog Or Digital Devices?
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Are Audio Amplifiers Analog Or Digital Devices?

The first commercial digital audio recordings were released in 1971, and since then, listeners have been amplifying these recordings to enjoy them through speakers and headphones. Nowadays, most of the audio people listen to is digital (even with the resurgence of analog audio vinyl records), which begs the question of whether amps are digital devices…

The Ultimate DAC (Digital-Analog Converter) Buyer’s Guide 2024
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The Ultimate DAC (Digital-Analog Converter) Buyer’s Guide 2024

So you’re wondering which DAC (digital-analog converter) you should buy, rent or otherwise try out. In this comprehensive buyer’s guide, we’ll go through everything worth considering before you make any decisions about a digital-analog converter. If you’ve found yourself asking, “Which DAC should I buy?” this extensive resource is for you. Please feel free to…