Purchased: Triton Audio FetHead

I ordered a Triton Audio FetHead in-line preamp and it’s here. So what does it do?

You can click the above link for specs but the short of it is, it provides +20db of “ultra clean gain.”

Why would you want this? The simple answer is cleaner audio at higher levels.fethead

If you follow my microphone for podcasting advice, you’re likely using a dynamic microphone (Heil PR40, Shure SM58, ATR2100, etc). Often, these mics need a lot of gain in order to achieve proper audio levels which means cranking the preamp (gain knob) on your mixer or recorder close to its max. In general, I like to keep any preamp I’m using below 70% of full when possible. (Audio sample below). [Read more…]

CFL Light Bulb Buzz – The Dreaded Hiss (Series)

This is part one in a series I’m calling “The Dreaded Hiss” which will feature different sounds commonly found inside a podcaster’s studio that can create background noise (often known as hiss) in your podcast’s audio.

CFL Bulb

The issue of buzzing compact florescent lights (CFLs) used to be a bigger problem then it is now. However, it’s good to be aware of how the lighting in your studio can affect your audio.

In the example below this post, you’ll hear an exaggerated amount of CLF buzzing. This is caused by having a CFL plugged into a dimmer (don’t do this). At full strength most CLFs no longer put off much, if any, buzz… but they can. More traditional florescent lighting is much more prone to buzzing sounds. [Read more…]

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