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James Gilsdorf

Reflections: Reverb and Echo (Delay)

Sound reflections happen when sound waves bounce off the wall, or objects, and reflect back. There are two types of reflections: Reverb and Echo (Delay). It is crucial that you understand the difference between these reflections. In nature, we often hear both Reverb and Echo at the same time. This is why it can be confusing when we isolate one effect. Echo An Echo, or Delay, is a repetition of sound. It is a series of sounds. A sound source is created and reflected at different distances, resulting in different times. Echo needs distance. Multiple Echos will rarely occur in small...

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James Gilsdorf

Pre Amps, CloudLifters, and Fetheads

A Pre Amp, or a "Mic pre", is a tiny amplifier that goes before your actual amplifier. This has to do with Line Level vs Mic Level. A microphone, or the cable coming straight from a guitar, typically outputs a much quieter signal than your interface, or recording device, is expecting to "hear". If you simply crank the gain knob up to 11, you're going to hear fuzz. Some people confuse this as real noise in the room, but it's actually the gain device itself. This is referred to as Self-Noise. Anything that has a gain knob, technically has a pre-amp installed....

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James Gilsdorf
Microphones Explained

Microphones Explained

Dynamic vs Condenser Microphones...Which microphone is best for you? What is a Cardioid Microphone?

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Pop Filters and Plosives

Pop Filters and Plosives

Which Pop Filter is best for you? How to avoid Plosives without a Pop Filter? The simple answer is: get what you can afford. In this article, we'll discuss those nasty plosives and how to reduce, or even get rid of them completely. What is a Plosive, or P-Pop In audio recording, a plosive is a puff of wind from your breath smashes against the microphone diaphragm. The microphone receives this air as a distorted bass sound. The basic plosives in English are the voiceless: t, k, and p and the voiced: d, g, and b. Mic to Mouth vs Mouth to Mic By far, the easiest, most...

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