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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.

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......

Spotlight: Pro Tools | MTRX Interface

Soft-announced at AES last September and now close to release is the Avid Pro Tools | MTRX Interface. This is the highend box that many have been waiting for, but is it the “everything I/O” that fits all users? All needs? I have always thought it odd that Merging Technologies, DAD and others have offered high-end I/O solutions that have been embraced by scoring mixers, classical and post......

Placid Audio Copperphone Microphone

Engineers and music producers are always looking for that certain something in a production that sets their tracks apart from the rest. It could be a high-quality signal chain offering pristine high fidelity, or at the other end, some distortion or trash to bring personality to a recording. The Copperphone from Placid Audio falls into the latter category.It’s a dynamic, moving-coil mic offering......

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