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NoiseAssist Simplified

Ever wonder what’s going on behind the scenes when you use your NoiseAssist plugin for 8-Series or MixPre II Series? Let’s take a brief dive into the process of noise suppression. In this series of diagrams, the black sine wave represents the wanted dialog signal, and the orange lines represent the unwanted background noise.¹ Figure […]

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Cleaning Guidelines

Sound Devices receives numerous inquiries about how to safely clean and disinfect products without damage. Below are general cleaning guidelines.

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6 Ways to Reduce Noise While Recording Dialog

Mixing and recording production dialog is a balance of capturing clear, direct speech with just enough indirect, environmental background sound for context. When there is too much background sound, speech can become difficult to understand. The balance between background noise and speech is referred to as the speech-to-noise ratio. Increasing the speech-to-noise ratio is beneficial […]

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Noise Suppression Options for Field Recording

Noise suppression and reduction software are effective tools for reducing unwanted background sound when recording in difficult, noisy acoustic environments. Although there are many options for noise reduction via a computer, there have been few portable options for running real-time noise suppression live in the field. CEDAR’s stand-alone noise suppression units have been popular choices […]

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32-Bit Float vs. a Compressor/Limiter

Many customers ask, “Why not use a compressor or limiter to capture higher dynamic range signals instead of using 32-bit float recording?” Though the comparison is that of two very different technologies–dynamics processing vs a recording system/format–the question is valid since both affect the dynamic range of a recording.

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Why the MixPre is the Best Microphone Preamplifier for the SM7B

Shure’s SM7B is an iconic microphone that has been used for voice over and vocals since its introduction in 1973. This classic microphone has experienced a popularity surge in the past few years due to its distinctive sound and look. Serious podcasters, in particular, love the SM7B. The SM7B exhibits a smooth, warm frequency response, […]

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