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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.

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......

Product Hits from AES 2016

There were a lot of new audio products for a relatively small show, so let’s get right to it. ......

Data Drama

I just had a valued hard drive fail. I know it happens, but I still went through the eight emotional stages after data loss. 1. Disbelief: “This is a newer drive and it has to be a system problem. Let me try rebooting the computer.” (It still wouldn’t mount.) 2. Hope: “Let me try repairing disk permissions on the main drive and rebooting.” (Nope.) 3. Hope, the Sequel: “Let me try repairing it......

MBNM 622 E-PZ & Solomon LoFReQ Microphones

While more typical dynamic moving-coil, ribbon and condenser mics dominate most collections, it’s nice to have some specialty utility operators in the locker. The MBNM 622 E-PZ and Solomon LoFReQ microphones reviewed here couldn’t be more different, but they share the ability to go places and do things more common transducers won’t, or can’t. They are also affordable, which makes them even more......

Evolving Transducers

It wasn’t that long ago that we started trusting digital enough to be all-in. Since then, and especially lately, the evolution of digital products has been stunning. As prices have gone down, features, capabilities and sound quality have ballooned. And while manufacturers have paid the most attention to the tools at the middle of our signal flows, the transducers at the front and back end have......

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