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Brandon Hickey

Brandon's love of music and desire to be a part of the music industry initially led to his pursuit of a career in audio recording. Today, he is a freelance engineer who specializes in audio post-production for film and television in addition to mixing and mastering music. He also teaches classes about sound for film at the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in Arizona. LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/brandon-t-hickey/41/361/305/.

Grace Design M108

Most pieces of analog audio gear can be categorized by one of two design philosophies. Either the device is designed to impart a unique color or tone, or it strives for accuracy and sonic purity. Since the 1990s, Grace Design has been creating products that trend toward the latter with great success. The company’s mic preamps, compressor and monitor controllers all have the ability to pass......

CEDAR Audio DNS 2 Dialog Noise Suppressor

When recording production sound or interviews in the field, background noise is a constant reality. Location scouts do their best to find quiet locations before a shoot, gaffers do their best to keep generators at a safe distance from the set, and we all try to wait out planes, trains and automobiles before we do a take. But despite these efforts, noise still rears its head. Years ago,......

Fluid Audio FPX7 Monitors

If you haven’t heard of Fluid Audio, it’s because the company is new. Veteran monitor designer Kevin Zuccaro, who spent time at JBL and Cerwin-Vega before taking over M-Audio’s pro monitor department, started the business. ......

Audient ASP800 8-Channel Preamp

Here in the States, Audient doesn’t seem to receive the same amount of attention as other British imports, and it’s odd because the company’s forward-thinking product designs seem to align perfectly with the needs of modern engineers who want to work “in the box” without relinquishing the conveniences of classic console-based control rooms. ......

iZotope Ozone 7 Advanced

One of iZotope’s all-time great products is its Ozone mastering suite. The software has enjoyed great popularity among mastering engineers, and even mixers. The overall sound, power, flexibility and ease of use continually improve with each version. The last few updates have seen a substantial evolution, with Version 4 running as a DAW-hosted all-in-one plug-in, Ozone 5 adding modular component......

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