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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.

Five Things You Need to Know

I regularly come across tech, music and general info that I immediately put in my “remember this” folder. Recently, I hit the Mother Lode and thought I’d pass it along. Number one of my Five Things You Need to Know should be filed under general interest and surprising facts. It is the incredible musical talent pool in Columbia, Tenn. Wha? I know! But you have to be around this area to......

Let’s Collaborate!

There are “aha” moments in life when you realize that a change doesn’t simply affect you, but rather is a tide that raises all boats. I recently had this happen during our Mix Webcast on Pro Tools Cloud Collaboration where Tim Carroll, Avid VP of Audio Products, Tony Cariddi, Audio Marketing Director and myself walked viewers through the latest upgrade in Pro Tools software. When I had a......

4 Headphones, 4 Approaches

Personal and professional head-worn listening devices are the hottest product category in audio. Scores of companies, from Behringer to Bose to Beats, compete on the consumer side while dozens of other manufacturers more familiar to audio pros vie for the attention of the musicians and engineers. The four units tested here fall into the latter category. They are the Blue Mo-Fi, Audeze EL-8, and......

Problem Solvers

It’s great when you find things that make your life easier, things that become such a part of your day-to-day world that it’s hard to think of your life without them. Problem solvers needn’t be expensive or expansive. ......

500 Series Preamps, Times Three

The 500 Series format has certain limitations that are a challenge for module designers. These include tight spaces in which to put large components, plus low power supply voltage and current draw. But over time, manufacturers have thought this out, gotten over the problems through meticulous design, and made some excellent preamps. The three units grouped here fall into this category and are......

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