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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.

Keyboard Shortcuts: The Hidden Workflow Gems

Last month, I talked about how the gear you use can affect the speed at which you oper- ate in the studio, ultimately either saving you money or adding to the cost. Keyboard shortcuts, likewise, can lead to significant increases in speed. Here are some old and new chestnuts that you might not be aware of.For example, the new Shift + up/down arrow shortcut for jumping between playlists in Pro......

TechTalk

Orrin Keepnews, Gábor Szabó, Jim Gilstrap, Bruce Botnick, Don Sebesky, Larry Carl.ton, Deodato, Rudy Van Gelder… Rec.ognize any of these names? I do, and I learned to cherish their work from one resource: album cov.ers. The simplest came as a single cardboard sleeve that held the record, credits on the back and art on the front, some iconic. Santana’s Abraxis, Big Brother and the Holding......

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,......

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