Articles & Videos: Pro Audio

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

A wireless microphone can free you up to concentrate on your performance. But where to start when you're looking for a wireless microphone system? This buying guide will help you find the right gear to match your needs.

iOS music creation 101
by Jim Richardson

You don't need a studio full of gear or years of practice to have a blast making great sounds with your iPad or iPhone. Find out how to get started.

John Mlynczak, the music education guru at PreSonus, gives an overview of how PreSonus software and hardware can be used by music teachers and their students.

Audio interface buying guide
by Woody Sherman

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

Bluetooth adds another dimension to powered studio monitor speakers, giving you some fun new ways to use them. With Bluetooth, you can keep your monitors connected to your mixer or audio interface for recording purposes, while at the same time listening to music or audio from other devices.

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

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.

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.

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.

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
by Video Team

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.

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.