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An Introduction to Compression: Basic Compression - A free download from Audio Masterclass

Equipping Your Home Recording Studio - A free download from Audio Masterclass

An Introduction to Equalization - A free download from Audio Masterclass

How much should you charge for your audio services?

Does microphone preamplifier gain increase the proximity effect?

Steve who?

What is production? Part 3: Recording

When should you start mixing? From the very first track?

Is 32-bit computing a barrier to success?

Q: How can I make a good mix for TV?

Famous concert pianist plays a wrong note!

One simple step you must take to make sure your masters sound really great

Do you have to be creative to impress?

When I was his age, that was me!

Ask anyone with a real and passionate interest in audio - they got into it young. But as young as this? That's going some!

How old were you when you first got interested in audio? I was six. An older relative had bought a tape recorder, with which I was absolutely fascinated. So I saved and saved and saved and, together with some Christmas and birthday money, finally bought one for myself - a Stella ST458. I'm not saying I made any great recordings with it but I certainly had a lot of fun. Here's one on the right...

Now as far as boom operation goes, I don't think I would have been aware of the technique. There's so much more information around these days. But I'm aware of it now and I appreciate what strong arms this guy must have to hold the boom for the duration of the shoot (which I presume was a lot longer than it takes to pour milk on a bowl of cereal). OK, there's a wire, or it's a Photoshop, but it doesn't do any harm just to believe for a while, does it?

Here's the full pic, or at least what I could rip out of the mag...

Junior boom operator

My question to Audio Masterclass readers? What first got you interested in audio? And what was the first audio equipment you had?

P.S. In the spirit of good karma let me say that I enjoy Rice Krispies, particularly when mixed with muesli. I'd recommend you go out and buy some. They'll give you strong arms!

By David Mellor Thursday March 17, 2011