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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.

New Stuff

Every time AES rolls around, I start thinking about new gear, and 2015 has been a banner year so far. For example, the new Coil CA-286 preamp sets a new standard for NOS tube gear—read all about it in my review in this issue on page 82. Also be sure to check out our picks for all the great gear to see at the show. But since everything, and everyone, won’t make it to at AES, I like to use a......

Sandhill 6011A Ribbon Microphone

There’s always something to love about a good ribbon microphone. They tend to be “dark” but take EQ very well, sounding natural even when you brighten them up. They’re fragile but can handle a lot of SPL—if you’re careful. And, they work well across a wide range of applications, from screaming guitar amps, to percussion, even vocals. ......

Coil Audio CA-286 Preamp

The CA-286 is a tube mic/line amplifier built in a retro style inside and out. It looks like nothing else you’ve seen and is solidly constructed with special touches like its two-stage on/off toggles to keep from shocking the tubes. Turning on the #1 switch first, then waiting a few seconds to flip the #2, will keep the unit happier over time. ......

Sonic Rescue

Although “videographer” is a job classification I’ve never put on my resume, in the new age where anyone can broadcast to the world, I’ve found myself cutting a lot of video. Projects have ranged from creating presentations for hosted Mix webcasts, to promotional videos featuring interviews with a variety of recording artists and audio pros. Wanting to keep things simple, I started off using......

Cool, Cool, Summer

I’m loving the hot months of 2015. For one thing, Mix Nashville is coming back on August 29 to the refurbished facilities of Clair Global Southeast and the brand new stages and production rooms of The Blackbird Academy Live. This time, we’re building a one-day event, taking place on a Saturday, making it easy for more people to attend. There will be live sound, recording panels, demos,......

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