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Kevin Becka

Kevin Becka is an audio engineer, educator and technical editor at Mix magazine. Kevin has also been the editor of Pro Audio Review and Audio Media magazines.

NAB 2017: An Audio Tour

The National Association of Broadcasters met in Las Vegas this week, and as is usual, there were plenty of new products introduced—television production and post-production is on fire! There was also hints at VR, and lots of new gear for professional audio. Here’s what we found: First, wireless is always front and center for NAB.Lectrosonics introduced a new digital wireless monitor system,......

Losing Net Neutrality

The term “net neutrality” has been bandied about for years, but it still doesn’t get the attention it deserves and is often misuncerstood. Simply put, it means that pipeline owners, aka telecoms, can’t charge us differently based on content, website, platform or attached equipment. For the past eight years, Washington has been onboard; in 2015 the FCC reclassified broadband access as a......

Three Versatile, Affordable Studio Mics

Engineers crave variety in capturing a sound, so there is always room for more microphones. The three products reviewed here bring a wide range of specialties, features and uses. The Lauten LA-120 redefines “entry level” by packaging great-sounding, twin pencil condensers with swappable capsules for just $349. The MXL DX-2 is a dual-capsule dynamic mic allowing you to precisely mix in, or out,......

TechTalk: Time to Gear Up?

The gear bug is infectious: Once bitten, you’re always looking for the next and newest thing that will improve your workflow and inspire you to do your job in a better, fresher and more exciting way. So, the continuous burning question is: Is it time to gear up?At NAMM, I met with Xander Soren and Bob Hunt from Apple, and they took me through Logic Pro 10.3. The impressive list of features......

3 New Headphones, 3 New Approaches

We’re now well into the 2017 trade show season, and no matter the event, there are always plenty of new mics, speakers and headphones on display—the transducer category never gets tired. Here, we look into three head-worn listening devices I saw at Winter NAMM in January. Each company’s products offer new approaches; all are boundary stretchers for the participants.Blue Microphone’s Ella is the......

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