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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.

The Parallel Universe

One of my favorite things to do when tracking or mixing is to use parallel chains of gear, creating parallel chains of sound. Simply put, a parallel chain is a copy of a single track, or group of tracks, that is processed and then mixed back in with the original tracks. When I say “copy,” that can mean a send from a single track to an Aux input, a second physical copy of a track, or a group of......

KEF LS50W Wireless Studio Monitor

KEF is a multinational company that makes architectural speakers, headphones, home theater, hi-fi and “digital solutions,” the category where the LS50W Wireless monitors reside. Although I’d never heard of KEF, once I got the units in for review, many of my colleagues at Blackbird Studio in Nashville not only knew of them, but cited several longtime Nashville engineers who use......

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,......

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