Posts bySarah Jones

5 Ways to Make the AKG Lyra USB Microphone the Center of Your Creative Universe

As we all find ourselves spending more time at home these days, studio rigs are doubling as videoconferencing, podcasting and live-streaming tools. When you’re considering new studio gear, it makes sense to focus on versatile tools that excel in any recording scenario. The AKG Lyra Ultra HD multimode USB microphone delivers professional-sounding audio for all
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Understanding Amplifier Technology With the Crown XTi 2 Series

If you’re serious about your sound system performing—and sounding—its best in any scenario, investing in robust, reliable amplification is critical. If you’re looking for powerful, versatile amps with comprehensive features, the Crown XTi 2 Series is for you. The XTi 2 Series is designed to offer clean, quiet power and complete sonic control in a
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8 Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Podcasting or Production Studio

As we head into fall, many content creators are turning their focus toward podcasting, recording, livestreaming and other studio productions. Perhaps you’ve been working guerilla style, relying on your mobile phone or the tools that came with your computer to capture and create content. If you’re ready to take your audio productions to the next
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4 Ways to Unleash Your Creativity In the Studio With Hybrid Analog/Digital Consoles

Choosing the right console for your studio is a big decision. But with so many choices out there, we know it can be tricky to figure out which model or style is right for your needs. At Soundcraft, we’ve been innovating console design for nearly 50 years; our mixers range from the ultra-compact Notepad family
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10 IDEAS FOR SOCIALLY DISTANCED EVENTS USING PORTABLE P.A.s

Well, it’s official: This is the summer of social distancing. While a “return to normal” in a post-COVID world means different things to different people, one universal certainty is that as things begin to open up, live music, performances, worship services and presentations will require some different approaches and considerations for some time to come.
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8 Ways to Go From Songwriting to the Stage With Soundcraft Ui Series Digital Mixers

Most music makers and content producers would agree that their mixer is the hub of their creative universe. Whether you’re recording, broadcasting or performing live, mixers, at their simplest, all perform the same basic functions: Input audio signals, route and combine audio signals and send those audio signals back out again. Of course, most mixers
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How to Pick Professional Headphones for Any Scenario

What’s your most-used piece of audio gear? You probably don’t need us to tell you that it’s your headphones. Headphones provide a consistent audio reference in a variety of environments, they’re essential tools for evaluating the fine details in your mix—and they do it without annoying the neighbors. Like studio monitors, headphones are a highly
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What is Feedback Suppression and How Can It Help Your Performances?

Squuueeeeeeaaaaccchh! You know it in an instant: that piercing, ear-melting shriek blaring out of your loudspeakers. It’s feedback, and it’s a showstopper—in more ways than one. Feedback, the high-pitched wail generated when a signal loop builds between a sound system’s audio input (here, a microphone) and amplified output (speaker), can happen anytime, anywhere. Feedback dangers
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9 Pro Tips for Livestreaming Your Show from Home

If you’re like most musicians, gigs are your lifeblood. But when you can’t connect with your audience in person, livestreaming is your best opportunity to gain new fans and generate income while building momentum for your next show. Livestreaming lets you provide a casual, intimate experience that offers a deeper connection to your fans. It’s
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Aiming for Accuracy: How to Set Up Your Home Studio Monitors

Your studio monitors are the windows to your music. If you’re mixing, when you listen to an accurate presentation of your work, you’ll hear more detail, you’ll get less fatigued, and you’ll create mixes that sound the same wherever they’re played. And, if you’re enjoying your favorite tunes, you can trust that you’re hearing them
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Can You Hear Me Now? 7 Ways to Sound Better on a Conference Call

Today, staying connected with colleagues, teachers, friends and family is more important than ever. Conferencing services like Zoom, Skype and Webex bring familiar faces right to your screen—and chances are, conference calls are becoming a central part of your life right now. If you work or teach remotely, you know how challenging it can be
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Pro Sound for Work-At-Home Professionals

If you’re like many of us, you’re finding yourself in a new office or learning environment: your home. If you’re new to working remotely, you might face challenges carving out a space to stay productive, focused and plugged in. Luckily, today’s conferencing tools such as Skype, Zoom and WebEx make it possible to collaborate with
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What Really Matters When Comparing Digital & Analog Wireless Mic Systems

What’s been holding you back from making the leap to a wireless system? Think you have to worry about poor sound quality, signal dropouts and unreliability? Think again. These days, great wireless systems can sound as good as—or even better than—wired systems, and they’re more reliable than ever. They’re critical tools in modern productions, from
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Dialing in Your Signature Sound: Tips for EQing Portable P.A. Systems

Today’s light, portable P.A. systems give you the flexibility to play just about anywhere. But with this flexibility comes the challenge of consistently sounding your best, even in unusual or unpredictable environments. Luckily, many modern P.A. systems offer digital signal processing that brings sound-sculpting tools right to your fingertips.  EQ is the most effective tool
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