Pro Audio Guides is your information source for all things audio, from microphones to mixer boards. On location, or in the studio, we review the latest technology and publish the results for you to consider.
Let me introduce myself; I’m Berry Womack, the chief editor here at Pro Audio Guides. I got my start as an audio engineer through my love of filmmaking when I found out rather quickly as a production assistant, that good sound can make or break a movie. The thing about audio is that if it’s working perfectly, no one notices. It’s only when the sound is bad that the audience gives it much thought. And if they're thinking about the sound, they're not enjoying the performance. Of course, the same goes for music and any event where clean sound is needed.
Audio equipment has undergone a tremendous amount of change over the past 20 or so years. It used to be that only top paid professionals could afford to purchase a quality mixer board, or conversely, spend money on studio time. These days anyone from independent filmmakers to DJs, live music performers, and yes those who spend their time in the sound booth have not one or two, but hundreds of options to produce clear, crisp audio. Digital audio devices make it easy to run sound from your phone, tablet, or laptop in many cases.
With all the equipment out there, it’s important to know what you’re looking for when it comes to specific choices. Some microphones work best to capture sound on location, and there are those that are used specifically for musicians, singers, and DJs when they’re doing live performances. Not to mention the array of microphones for the studio. Then there are the considerations to be made when you’re transferring that audio and sending it to another media like streaming your music, or for use as a sound file in a movie. Large events present still more options as well as challenges for your audio toolbox.
Let's not forget output. You also want to know who manufactures the best speakers, and headphones. You might be looking for a great set of speakers for your home entertainment system. Who doesn't want a great sounding stereo system? I can tell you that when you're running location sound on a movie set, headphones are essential to getting a true indication of the kind of audio that you're going to end up with after it's all said and done.
Of course, it’s easy to see why you might need a little guidance while you're putting together or updating your audio equipment. That's where Pro Audio Guides comes in. We got you covered. My team and I are committed to bringing you up to date reviews and information regarding all things audio. We always welcome your questions and suggestions, whether that's in a comment on one of our posts or a private message to our team. Please feel free to contact us anytime!