What Are Headphones, Headsets & Earphones?

November 9, 2010 | 4 Comments

Headphones, headsets, earphones: These terms are freely used all over the internet with little regard for accuracy.

What exactly do they mean, anyway?

Unfortunately, there is little (if any) consensus as to precise meanings for these terms.

Fortunately, AudioLinks has come up with our own definitions! Read on to learn more about headphones, headsets and earphones.

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Mike vs. Mic: Which Abbreviation is Correct?

August 5, 2010 | Leave a comment

It’s a familiar dilemma to those of us who write about audio: What’s the abbreviation for microphone, “mic” or “mike”?

For years (since roughly 1961, in fact), the former abbreviation – “mic” – has been the preferred choice of the pro audio industry. This does lead to problems, however. When you place a “mic” in front of an amp, is the amp “miced”? Or “miked”? Or (horrors!) “mic’d”?

What IS the correct abbreviation for microphone, anyway?

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5 Points to Ponder Before You Buy a Mic for Your Studio

July 15, 2010 | Leave a comment

You’re setting up your home project recording studio. You’ve cleared out your spare room and plugged in your digital multitrack recorder.

There’s only one thing missing- Microphones!

With all of the choices out there, what kind of microphone should you get for your home studio?

Here are 5 tips to consider before you shop for microphones!

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Dynamic or Condenser? A Tale of 2 Microphones

June 22, 2010 | Leave a comment

Microphones – both dynamic and condenser – are key components of every PA system and recording studio, but even among sound reinforcement pros there can be considerable disagreement as to which mic is best for which task.

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What’s the Best Mic for Recording High-Pitched Percussion?

May 6, 2010 | Leave a comment

Consider this: you’re recording a Merengue ensemble, and the microphones are picked out for the marimba, accordion, guitar and tambora. But the Guira, with a metallic sound extending well into the high frequencies (and at higher sound pressure levels), demands special attention. Which microphone should you choose?

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