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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.

Tech Talk: Production Hacks

Making sure you have top gear and proper gain staging along the signal chain goes a long way to assure you have great sounding tracks. But what about those things beyond signal flow that mess with the per­ceived pocket, session speed and quality of your production? This is where some smart techniques, or hacks, both inside and out of the DAW, go a long way to bring up the quality of the studio......

Tech Talk: The Year in Gear

Here we are again at the end of another year in audio. How’s the weather? ......

Avid Pro Tools 12.6 Software

Since Avid’s jump to delivering its popular DAW within a subscription model, the company has delivered on promises to upgrade at a faster clip. There was initially some skepticism about the change from pros and new users alike. Reactions ranged from, “Why do I need another monthly bill?” to, “What’s the advantage?” But if the past year is any indication, it is clear that Avid is serious about......

Tech Talk: Fresh and Futuristic

The 2016 AES just wrapped up, and I saw some great new gear. Pro Tools 12.6 is rocking new clip-based processing, among other updates, ATC’s SCM 12 is the company’s most affordable monitor to date, and Mojave’s exciting and tubey MA-1000 travels upmarket at $2,495. But these are all names, and gear we’re familiar with; what’s really new in audio? I found out at an out-of-the-way group of booths......

Chandler Limited Abbey Road RS124

In the early days of recording, it wasn’t uncommon for studios to either make or mod their gear. Abbey Road, for example, purchased several Altec 436B compressors and the studio’s Head of Technical, Bill Livy, Deputy Head Len Page, and EMI Audio Designer Mike Bachelor brought them up to their specs and preferences. The units were altered so much that they renamed them. Thus the original, and......

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