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By Brian Lee White | Sunday, February 8, 2015

Is Auto-Tune Evil? Another Perspective


Love it or hate it, Auto-Tune (and pitch correction tools like it) have solidified themselves as a fundamental part of 21st-century music production.

With the recent release of Auto-Tune 8 and the 57th annual GRAMMY Awards both upon us, it’s a great time to discuss a few misconceptions surrounding tuning software and its role in modern music production—as well as offer up some of my best practices as a professional using these tools daily.

By Robbie Carman | Saturday, January 3, 2015

Video Gear Weekly: Mastering a Wireless Mic

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With the freedom wireless microphones give your production, you’re able to record audio without having to trip over wires. You can have a microphone on your talent at all times.

On this week’s episode of Video Gear Weekly, guest host Cheryl Ottenritter and I help you master the use of a wireless microphone.

By Richard Harrington | Saturday, November 8, 2014

Audio Adapters for DSLR and GoPro Video Shoots


Many cameras on the market have the ability to shoot professional looking video at a low price point. But when shooting on a budget, it’s tricky to find a camera that also can record professional audio.

There are some great third-party accessories and adapters to connect professional microphones to these cameras—and this week on Video Gear Weekly, Robbie and I showcase some of those audio adapters.

By Garrick Chow | Friday, November 7, 2014

Record a Song in GarageBand — as a Unique Holiday Gift


If you’re looking for a truly unique gift for a special friend or family member this year, you may already have the tools you need to record a song in GarageBand — and give it as a one-of-a-kind present.

Included free with all new Macs, or at just $4.99 to download from the Mac App Store, GarageBand is your key to a truly personal gift that won’t break the bank. In this three-part series, we’ll take a look at how to create a new project in GarageBand, record your tracks, edit them, and share your completed song.

By Scott Fegette | Friday, October 10, 2014

3 Simple Tricks to Record Great Audio with Your Phone

Great audio with your phone

There’s an old saying: Nothing ruins a great video like lousy audio. And when using consumer cameras, you’re often stuck with a less-than-optimal microphone to begin with.

But if you have a reasonably modern smartphone, you have all you need to record great audio on location.

By David Franz | Friday, September 12, 2014

Getting Clean Sound — the lynda.com Way


Any time you record audio, there’s a chance you’ll record some unwanted sounds along with the desired material. At lynda.com, we record audio for our courses every day in sound booths, on live-action stages, and on location all over the world. And every one of those setups presents its own audio challenges.

By Richard Harrington | Friday, July 25, 2014

Audio Recording Alternatives to the Zoom H4n

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The Zoom H4n is a versatile audio recorder. Not only does it record in stereo, but it can record audio to four tracks while offering the option to add effects and EQ.

Still, it isn’t the only audio recorder on the market. In this week’s episode of Video Gear Weekly, Rich and Robbie show you some other choices available for recording audio.

By David Franz | Tuesday, October 30, 2012

An Introduction to Mic Types and How They Work

An introduction to microphone types and how they work

Have you ever wondered how dynamic, ribbon, and condenser mics vary in function, price, and utility? Or how a mic picks up sound, and how that mic’s pickup pattern might affect its placement in the recording process? In this blog post, I will explore these questions offering visual examples from our recently released Audio course, Audio Recording Techniques.

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