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Brandon Schock

Brandon Schock

Brandon is a producer, audio engineer, multi-instrumentalist, and senior writer at Higher Hz, where he covers microphones, studio monitors, audio interfaces, and recording techniques.

Coming from humble beginnings, Schock began recording psychedelic bedroom pop with nothing except for GarageBand and the built-in microphone on his laptop as a teenager.

While he's since upgraded his recording setup, Brandon still has a proclivity to work through the confines of limitation.

His music is spasmodic, distorted, and restless, often taking inspiration from artists such as Cornelius and The Beach Boys.

Over the years, he's gained a vast amount of experience recording, writing, and performing with local groups and fellow artists such as Petty Walker, and Windy 500.

When it comes to gear, Brandon has a particular fondness for several models and series of studio gear. He usually records through his Focusrite Clarett 8Pre, aided by his Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro for tracking.

For microphones, the Electro-Voice RE20, Neumann KM 184, the AKG SE300 B (particularly when using the CK91 capsule), and Coles 4038 are worked to their limits in his studio.

He also has a soft spot for Adam Audio studio monitors, which he has been using for years.

In terms of preamps, Brandon has two favorites: the clean and transparent Focusrite ISA One and the warm and colorful Universal Audio Solo/610.

However, even though he has his mainstays in his arsenal, he's incessantly researching and trying to find hidden gems.

Still forever passionate about music, Brandon has recently dedicated himself to writing about the latest innovations in audio technology, while keeping busy with his own projects and passions.

The 3 microphone types compared in different use cases

Understanding the differences between various types of microphones is crucial for choosing the right one for your recording needs.

Dynamic, condenser, and ribbon microphones are the three main types, each offering unique characteristics and strengths.

In this article, I’ll take a deeper look into these microphones and their subtypes, explaining how they work and comparing their performance in various applications to help you make an informed decision.

Telefunken M82 review: Versatile and solid kick mic

Since 2001, Telefunken has been manufacturing high-end microphones out of South Windsor, CT.

Not too long ago, the company released the M82, a large-diaphragm cardioid dynamic microphone designed for kick drums as well as broadcast vocals.

In this review, I’ll be taking a closer look at the M82’s overall performance in a variety of applications, as well as seeing how it stacks up against a few competing microphones.

The 6 best banjos for intermediates to professionals 2024

Are you on the hunt for the perfect banjo? Well, you’ve come to the right place!

Whether you’re an intermediate or professional, your choice of banjo can make a world of difference in your playing.

In this article, I’ll go over some of the best banjos available on the market in 2024. Let’s get started.

The 4 best budget banjos for beginners in 2024

Want to learn the banjo but can’t spend too much money? You’ve come to the right place.

In this article, I’ll be walking through a handful of budget-friendly options for you to get started on your banjo journey.

The 6 best banjo brands on the market in 2024

Picking out the perfect banjo can be tricky whether or not you’re a beginner or a bona fide expert. There’s so much to consider.

So, to save you from information overload, I’ve created a list of the best banjo brands to consider while making your purchase.

AKG C451 B review: Great addition to any studio

In this article, I’ll be reviewing the AKG C451 B small-diaphragm condenser microphone.

This is a revamping of the original model, the C451, and AKG has made some modest changes to the overall design and performance.