Nicholas Messitte

Nicholas Messitte

Nick Messitte is a writer / composer / engineer / multi-instrumentalist based in Brooklyn, New York. Some of his credits include Edfringe's Get Got (music and lyrics) and the short story Hills and Valleys (winner of the Henry Roth Award for Excellence in Fiction). Since 2013, Nick has been a contributing writer to Forbes.com and Forbes magazine. His engineering experience ranges from musical theater (Get Got, Voiceless), to indie rock (Bulletproof Stockings, Empire State Express, Prince Hal), to jazz (Eliot Cardinaux). As a musician, he’s played with respected singer/songwriters (Hawksley Workman) and jazz greats (Sam Rivers).

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Korg, a company famous for its numerous audio products, is releasing a brand new, 61-key arranger-style keyboard, and we here at B&H are more than happy to welcome it into the fold. Called the EK-50, this keyboard is a budget-friendly yet massive instrument for beginners or seasoned...
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Here at B&H, we’d like you to celebrate the pro-audio people in your lives, so we’ve compiled a list of stocking stuffers for the studio supplicant in your circle, whether that person be a musician, an engineer, or as is usually the case these days, some horridly undercompensated combination of the two. Pro audio gear can be quite expensive; it’s not uncommon for engineers to spend hundreds—...
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For a heavenly sound, check out Deity Microphones! We're pleased to add several of their wares to our warehouse! With microphones tailored to the video-capturing market, the company is offering many options that go hard in the field and easy on your wallet. Consider the S-Mic 2, a...
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There is no accessory more fundamental than a good pair of headphones. They link our ears, privately, to music, media, and entertainment. These days, there is so much content to enjoy that the number of options can be overwhelming. The same is true with the sheer number of headphones on the market....
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Once upon a time, a decent plug-in for pro audio purposes might set you back more than a couple of hundred bucks (to say nothing of software bundles, which could easily run you into the thousands). But we’ve seen a drastic reduction in price for stellar software over the last few years—even from companies that used to charge in amounts heretofore measured in bodily appendages. Since you no longer...
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A little while ago, Jaime Traba wrote a nice review of the Bose® Sleepbuds™, a pair of wireless earbuds designed to help you get some much needed shuteye. He spoke fondly of the app’s interface, settings, and features, as well as the ten built-in sounds that helped send him off to...
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Stop the presses— RØDE has released something sure to change the podcasting game. Already lauded for its industry-standard microphones, RØDE is now offering the RØDECaster Pro, a powerful podcast-dedicated production console. This is an all-in-one recorder, mixer, sound-effects player...
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So, you got a friend. Maybe a niece, nephew, or kid of your own. Perhaps a grandchild, and you want your gifts to feel more relevant than the usual newspaper clipping and check for fifty bucks. And what’s this—your little buddy is making videos now? On YouTube? From the videos, it looks like they’ve got the video and lighting figured out, but maybe they could some help in the audio department. If...
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Podcasts. Still strong in the boom phase, it’s a good time to get in while the getting is good, and you’ll want to do whatever you can to make your podcast stand out. But here’s the thing: different types of podcasts require different ways of working. So, we here at B&H thought we’d give you a five-tip primer to get you inspired. Be sure you check out the last one—it’s the most important tip...
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Short films—gotta love them! If you’re just starting out in the world of sound design, these will be your bread and butter until you get noticed by the big, gatekeeping fish. They usually don’t pay much, but they’re incredibly rewarding. Why? Because if you make them sound good enough, the director you’re working with has a better chance of scoring a feature; and if that director is loyal, you...
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Coming at you fast and furiously, we’ve got eight quick tips for cleaning dialogues in a short film context—although, really, these tips could apply to any length film; from 30-second spots to feature-length films. If a project with dialogue has fallen into your professional lap, you’re going to want a cheat sheet for how to clean up that dialogue before you go about EQ’ing, compressing, and more...
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Perhaps you've read the previous article on equalization in the mastering process and find yourself a glutton for punishment. If not, welcome anyway! Please, feel free to read these articles in any order—you ostensibly have free will. We're here to talk about compression, and what it can do for you in the mastering process. This article is going to assume a basic knowledge of dynamic compression...
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The Akai Professional MPK Mini is a popular MIDI controller indeed; with 25 synth-action mini keys, a four-way joystick-style controller, and some backlit MPC-style pads, the controller is perfect for mobile composers looking to bang out beats on the go. All you'd ever need is the MPK Mini and a corresponding computer. But what if you don't have a computer? Or, what if you want to leave it at...
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Looking for a multi-pattern USB condenser microphone that’s quite a lot smaller than the competition, yet doesn’t compromise on sonics? Well, Blue has a treat for you, with the Yeti Nano microphones....
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Say you’re a musician traveling on the road, or a producer—somebody who likes to make music from a laptop-based studio. You camp out at a hotel and program what you need to program, or mix what you need to mix. Eventually, you’ll run into problems. The files you’re working on will require more space than your laptop allows. Or, you’ll run a lot of samples and virtual instruments, both of which...
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