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Pro Audio: Articles & Videos

Intro to home and field recording

Intro to home and field recording

by Jim Richardson

Thinking about turning a spare room into a recording studio? Looking for a portable kit to record live music? This article will help you choose the right gear.

 
Intro to live sound equipment

Intro to live sound equipment

by Robert Ferency-Viars

Whether you only need a single mic and a speaker or a full kit for your band, it pays to know how a PA system works. This article explains each piece of the system and will help you figure out which ones you need.

 
Microphones buying guide

Microphones buying guide

by Ralph Graves

Not all microphones are created equal. Different types of mics are made for different purposes. Knowing those differences can help you choose the microphone best suited to your needs.

 
Audio interface buying guide

Audio interface buying guide

by Woody Sherman

Learn all about the essential ingredient for making music on your computer, the audio interface.

 
Pro audio mixer buying guide

Pro audio mixer buying guide

by Buck Pomerantz

A mixer is the brains and control center of a recording studio or PA system. It connects all the sources of music and sound to a studio's recording system or to the amps and speakers of a PA system. This article will help you figure out the features you'll need in a mixer.

 
Live sound speakers buying guide

Live sound speakers buying guide

by Jon Paulette

This brief buying guide will give you an overview of the types of speakers available for live sound use, and get you on the road to finding the right speakers for your live sound needs.

 
Pro headphones buying guide

Pro headphones buying guide

by David Brown

Read tips on how to buy the right headphones and distribution systems for your home recording studio.

 
Studio monitor buying guide

Studio monitor buying guide

by Dave Bar

Learn how to choose monitor speakers for your home studio.

 
Pro audio power amplifiers buying guide

Pro audio power amplifiers buying guide

by Dominic Devito

A PA speaker system needs an amplifier to power the speakers. This article walks you through the basics of power amplifier applications and gives you advice for choosing the right amplifier for your system.

 
Pro audio signal processor buying guide

Pro audio signal processor buying guide

by Buck Pomerantz

This article will help you understand the different features you'll find in different kinds of sound and effects processors and why you would use them.

 
Pro audio cable buying guide

Pro audio cable buying guide

by Ken Nail

Cables are the links that make your pro audio system work, and the best gear in the world won't get the job done without the right cables.

 
Pro audio glossary

Pro audio glossary

by Steve Kindig

Pro audio terminology, explained in plain English.

 
Video: Introduction to live sound systems

Video: Introduction to live sound systems

by Ken Nail

Are you trying to make sense of the gear you'll need to set up a live sound system? Confused about mixers, sources, amplifiers, cables, microphones, and more? Crutchfield looks at the basics in this short video.

 
Video: Sound mixing tips

Video: Sound mixing tips

by Video Guest

Mixers let you take all the instruments and vocals and turn them into a clear stereo mix. Here are a few quick tips to help you mix more effectively.

 
Video: Microphone placement tips

Video: Microphone placement tips

by Video Guest

Where you place your microphone during a live sound application or recording is vital to getting the best sound possible. Check out three quick tips to get you started in this video.

 
Video: Intro to home recording

Video: Intro to home recording

by Ken Nail

Want to get into home recording, but not sure where to begin? Crutchfield takes a look at the basics of setting up a home recording studio in this short video.

 
Setting up a powered-speaker PA system

Setting up a powered-speaker PA system

by Bob Bihlmayer

This article describes how to set up a powered-speaker PA system, including setup, soundchecking, and teardown tips.