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 A Synthesizer Patch? Traditional & Modern Definition
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What Is A Synthesizer Patch? Traditional & Modern Definition

Synthesizers can be awesome, powerful instruments in the right hands. On the contrary, they can be a stale ornament to any studio if they are not understood fully. Thus, we created this blog post to help you better understand what synthesizer patches are, where they come from, and what you need them for. What is…

How To Order Guitar/Bass Pedals (Ultimate Signal Flow Guide)
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How To Order Guitar/Bass Pedals (Ultimate Signal Flow Guide)

So you’ve picked up some awesome effects pedals for your rig and want to get the most out of them. Understanding signal flow and placing pedals in the proper order will lead to optimal performance. So how should we order our guitar (or bass) pedals for optimal signal flow? Though there are no hard rules…

Are Buffer Pedals Necessary & Where Do They Go In A Chain?
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Are Buffer Pedals Necessary & Where Do They Go In A Chain?

For guitarists that love to play with pedals, buffer pedals may seem unexciting and, in some cases, useless. However, these pedals could make or break a pedalboard, depending on a few factors, of course. Are buffer pedals necessary, and where do they go in a signal chain? Buffer pedals are often unnecessary when connecting a…

How To Fix Microphone Echo And Latency In Your Computer (7 Methods)
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How To Fix Microphone Echo And Latency In Your Computer (7 Methods)

Audio latency is one of the most frustrating issues to deal with when tracking digital audio. Head a delay in monitoring is incredibly distracting for the performer and can be terribly annoying for the audio engineer to fix. Let’s talk about the methods of fixing microphone audio latency. How To Fix Microphone Latency: In this…

How To Stop A Microphone Feedback Loop In A Computer
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How To Stop A Microphone Feedback Loop In A Computer

Microphone feedback is one of the most unpleasant sounds we’ll encounter in the world of audio. Though mic feedback is most often heard in live sound reinforcement situations, it can easily happen on your computer, too. Here are step-by-step instructions to stop a microphone feedback loop in a computer: In this article, we’ll get into…

Do Microphones Output Balanced Or Unbalanced Audio?
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Do Microphones Output Balanced Or Unbalanced Audio?

When studying microphones and audio, the topic of unbalanced and balanced audio is sure to come up. Unbalanced and balanced audio are the two common ways to send audio from one audio device to another (for example, a microphone to a mic preamplifier). Do microphones output balanced or unbalanced audio? The vast majority of professional…

Do Microphones Output Mic, Line, Or Instrument Level Signals?
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Do Microphones Output Mic, Line, Or Instrument Level Signals?

When dealing with analog audio, there are a few signal levels to be aware of: mic level, instrument level, line level (consumer), line level (professional), and speaker level. It’s critical to know the differences between these nominal signal levels when working with microphones and other audio equipment. Do microphones output line level signals? No, microphones…

Do Microphones Output Mono Or Stereo Signals?
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Do Microphones Output Mono Or Stereo Signals?

Microphones are used extensively in today’s music, television, radio, and other media. The vast majority of recorded music today is in stereo. Still, the voice in many voice-centric recordings (podcasts, vlogs, etc.) is often mono (if but only panned centre in a stereo mix). Do microphones output mono or stereo signals? Microphones convert sound waves…