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Ethan Winer has been an audio engineer and professional musician for more than 45 years. His Cello Rondo music video has received nearly two million views on YouTube and other web sites, and his book The Audio Expert published by Focal Press is available at amazon.com and through Ethan’s own web site ethanwiner.com. Ethan is also a principal at RealTraps, a leading manufacturer of high quality acoustic treatment.
Latest Posts by Ethan
Valid Comparisons: Conducting Software & Hardware Listening Tests
In Part 1 of this article, I outlined how to conduct useful listening tests. Now we’ll look at testing specifics, beginning…
Discerning Differences: How To Conduct Proper & Useful Listening Tests
There are two ways to assess the quality of audio devices: measuring and listening. Measuring is usually the better choice because the results are absolute,…
Assessing Room Correction Products: Dirac And Acourate
The best way to deal with acoustic problems in a home studio or professional control room is with bass traps and other acoustic treatment. All…
Testing The Premise: AC Power Coupling Into Audio Signal Cables?
For years we’ve been told never to place AC power wires near audio wiring, especially cables carrying mic-level signals. The warnings claim that the electromagnetic…
Determining Suitability: Comparing A Host Of Measurement Microphones
People often ask which affordable microphones I recommend for measuring rooms. Best is a condenser microphone having a small diaphragm for an extended high-frequency response.
Blast From the Past: An “Automatic” Third-Octave EQ Circa The 70s
When I started recording professionally in the early 1970s, many recording studio control rooms and live venue sound systems were “tuned” using third-octave graphic equalizers.
The Truth About Recording Levels
The following is intended as a rebuttal to this 2011 article stating that recording at low levels sounds better than recording closer to maximum.
The Audio Expert, Part 3: Common Audio Myths
“I thought cables didn’t matter, so I tried running my system without them. Huge difference!” — Posted on a hi-fi audio forum Now…
The Audio Expert, Part 2: Lies, Damn Lies, and Audio Gear Specs
Many specs are incomplete, misleading, and sometimes even fraudulent
The Audio Expert: Audio Fidelity, Measurements, And Myths—Part 1
Only four parameters are needed to define everything that affects the fidelity of audio equipment
Video: Diffusion & Absorption Explained
You want to add diffusion to your room, but do you really know what it can accomplish?
Video: Audio Myths Workshop
In this video we get a rare chance to actually hear what phase shifts sound like as well as understand other audio issues.