June 23, 2013

Re-amping and Your Home Studio

The average house or living space is not an ideal place to make a good recording.  You have all kinds of equipment that can cause interference, such as microwaves and telephones that tend to produce weird electrical noises in audio gear.  You also have various devices plugged into the same power strip as the audio gear.  This is no good.  To add to the difficult, you have furniture around the house that absorbs sound differently, and materials that often reflect sound in the wrong direction.  As you can see there are many obstacles, but for some, there is no other option than to record near the living spaces.

Creativity can often be used to get around some of these natural recording roadblocks.  Some producers have tried some very odd things, such as placing microphones around the house to give their recording a feeling of reverb or a large open space.  …


March 15, 2013

Apogee Quartet Overview w/ Miles Walker

The Apogee Quartet is a 4 in and 6 out audio interface built specifically for Mac computers and even works on your iOS devices like your iPad and iPhone. While the Quartet does have a large price tag, you are getting a lot of features that go beyond just a standard audio interface. Instead of just showing you all the Quartet has to offer, we decided to take it to Parhelion studios, put it in the hands of avid Apogee user Miles Walker, and give it a test drive. He not only takes us through the features in the video but also demos the sound of the mic preamps as well as the iOS connectivity.

Miles Walker is a music producer and engineer based out of Atlanta, GA. His work can be heard on the records for mega hit makers like Beyonce, Katy Perry, and Wiz Khalifa. If you want to …