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PREAMPS (Part Two)

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My last write up answered some basic questions about preamps in general, but the real problems arise when it's time to purchase one. In the myriad of outboard pres, audio interfaces, mixing consoles and channel strips - all boasting of premium preamps, the dilemma of which to buy is a common one. Really, a lot of people want to know if higher priced preamps sound significantly better than lower priced ones. In October 2012, the Sound On Sound magazine came up with a brilliant experiment to investigate this and I had the liberty of time to participate in the test. The...

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Dear Filmmaker

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Dear filmmaker, I write in sheer concern for our future as our destinies are interwoven one way or another, whether we choose to admit it or not. There is a lot to learn from our western counterparts who have mastered the art of film-making and turned it into a million dollar industry, however, this letter will focus on just one aspect. Nigeria is a hard country for creatives and the lackadaisical approach of the government towards developing other sectors of the economy besides oil and gas has made things even worse. Funding is no doubt an issue and young practitioners...

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Preamps (Part One)

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This two-part write up is designed to give you a more accurate understanding of preamps so as to help you make a more informed buy.

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SPECIALIZE OR DO ALL?

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Okay, I promised myself I wont quote the notoriously famous “jack of all trades, pro at none” line in this post – I just did that didn’t I? Damn! Anyway, this is a dicey topic as the key factors to be considered such as mental ability, opportunity and financial income vary amongst individuals and greatly influence ones decision to either specialize or do all. Clearing The MythsBefore we start talking about specialization, we have to look at what people can actually specialize in from a realistic stand point. I’m not saying you cannot go into sound design for games or...

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Digital I/O - Any Use?

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S/PDIF, ADAT, AES/EBU - do these names ring any bells or do they sound like the gibberish of an infant? Even a passive observer might have seen these names on the rear panels of pro audio gears; but one thing's for sure, digital audio formats have been around for quite a while. That said, this post will take a look at their history, functionality and relevance in today's world of bedroom studios and online sensations to see if indeed they are of any use.HISTORY Many years ago, the Audio Engineering Society (AES) and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) came together...

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