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Some of the best microphones for your acoustic guitar

Acoustic Guitars

If you want the world to hear your beautiful strumming then you need a special kind of equipment. A good microphone will make the sound of acoustic guitars more beautiful. There are mainly two types of microphones; one is a condenser microphone and the other is the dynamic microphone. You need a condenser microphone when you are recording your acoustic guitar sounds. For performing acoustic guitar, a dynamic microphone is required. Musicians often use both these microphones equally. Following are the best microphones for playing acoustic guitars.

MXL 770

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It is made up of metal with black grill, custom switchable bass cut and low distortion. It has a -10dB pad. The preamp is of high quality. This microphone is very affordable and will last you a long time.

Blue Spark

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This microphone has a professional look. It has high response and has an even frequency distribution. It has a shock mount and metal pop filter. This model is available in two modes: normal and focus. This microphone gives out very clear sound.

Rode NT1A

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It produces ar every crisp and warm sound. It is a bit expensive than the other microphones. If offers a wide dynamic recording range.

AKG C214

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This microphone sounds well for both acoustic and electric guitars. It produces high quality audio and has a bass-cut filter. It has all-metal body which makes it very durable.

Rode NTK

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This microphone provides very clear sound. It has a gold plated diaphragm and a satin nickel finish. It has a power supply. It gives very accurate sound.

When you decide to buy a microphone for playing acoustic guitar, you should consider your budget and your purpose. Many microphones come with a lot of accessories like shock mounts, mic stands, etc. You should buy a microphone that you give you the best value for money.

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How to find the best studio monitor for your needs?

Monitor

Studio monitor is an essential part of home studio. There are many types of studio monitor available in the market. Choosing the right one can be challenging. Here are some suggestions on how to buy the best studio monitor for your work.

Buy Monitors That “Fit” Your Room

There are different sizes of studio monitors. You should buy a studio monitor that matches the size of your control room. If your control room is of the size of a typical bedroom, then you shouldn’t choose something whose size is bigger than 5 inches. If you have a bigger control room then you can go for an 8 inch monitor.

Buy Monitors That “Fit Your Budget

Your budget is an important factor in buying a studio monitor. There are good studio monitors available in various price ranges. You must choose a brand that matches your budget.

Check out the frequency range

Different monitors have different frequencies. For most recording frequency range of 50Hz to 20kHz is sufficient.

Be satisfied with your decision

Once you have researched on the types of studio monitors, determined the size and fixed a budget for it, simply go out and buy it. After buying it don’t think that you’ve made the wrong decision. Studio monitors will not affect your recordings largely. So, don’t feel bad about your purchase.

Before you buy a studio monitor do a thorough research on what’s available in the market. There are forums online where experts tell you what type of studio monitor is appropriate for what kind of job. After gathering all the information, make your best judgement to buy a studio monitor.

 

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Step by step guide – Getting with your new DJ mixer

Mixers

If you want to become a DJ, you need to have in-depth knowledge about DJ mixer. Here is a step by step guide for you.

Setting your sound levels

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You might have two tracks with different sound levels. One may be too loud, whereas, the other one being played on the same turntable is too soft. You job is to make the volume levels uniform.

As a rule of thumb, you should set the channel’s level such that the channel meter touches on the red now and then in the loudest parts of the song. The channel meter should not stay there for long.

The sound level can also be monitored by the Master Volume one or the Cue Mix meter, in case you don’t have the channel meters on your mixer. A channel’s volume level is set with a Gain knob.

When to start the new track?

blogpost1image2You need to start the new track before the old track ends. As a result, there will be an overlap. You first need to check that your headphones don’t have any starting error.

You then need to make sure that the new track is available in the dance floor. Play both the tracks together and then fade out the old track gradually. One trick is to play the extended versions of the dance tracks.

That way you will have long intros and outros, so you get enough time to blend. The 4-bar phrases of the two tracks must match for a smooth transition.

Keeping the tracks synchronized during the blend

blogpost1image4You should not expect that your tracks’ beats will be synchronized forever. At some point they will drift away from each other.

You should put on your headphones while the tracks are in transition. That way you can fix any problem if you need to.

If you follow the steps just mentioned, you will be able to mix tracks smoothly.

You need to keep on practicing to make yourself more comfortable with mixing.

The transition

blogpost1image3When track A is approaching towards the end, place the headphones on both your ears. Move the mixer’s Master fader to the middle position.

This way you can hear both channel A and channel B in your headphones. You should begin track B when the first beat of track A’s instrumental chorus starts.

You have time equivalent to 16 bars to correct any mistake you’ve made.

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