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…

What Are Subgroups? (Audio Mixing, Recording, Live Sound)
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What Are Subgroups? (Audio Mixing, Recording, Live Sound)

Subgroups are an important routing tool in our mixers, allowing us to simplify the mixing process and get more out of fewer processors and effects. Whether you’re mixing a record, recording, or mixing live, using subgroups can help enhance your workflow and get you better results. If you’re unsure about what subgroups are or want…

Audio: What Are Mixer Inserts? (Mixing, Recording & More)
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Audio: What Are Mixer Inserts? (Mixing, Recording & More)

Inserts are important parts of mixers that are sometimes taken for granted in modern digital audio workstations. If you’re unsure of what mixer inserts are or you want to gather more information on inserts and their importance in audio engineering, you’ve come to the right place! What is an insert in audio engineering? An insert,…

Mixing/Recording: Auxiliary Tracks, Sends & Returns
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Mixing/Recording: Auxiliary Tracks, Sends & Returns

Auxiliary tracks are invaluable tools in mixing, recording, live sound, and any other job that utilizes an audio mixer. If you’re at all confused about aux tracks, sends and returns, or you’d like more information to help you make the most of your aux tracks, you’ve come to the right place! What is an auxiliary…

What Are Audio Buses? (Mixing, Recording, Live Sound)
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What Are Audio Buses? (Mixing, Recording, Live Sound)

The terms bus or bussing are commonly used in the world of audio, whether we’re working with live sound, broadcasting, recording or mixing. When learning about audio engineering, it’s important to understand the terminology and how it applies to our work. If you’re wondering about audio buses, you’ve come to the right place to learn…

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…