I’ve been building cables for over 15 years now and I’ve finally created a small calculator to estimate the costs of making an XLR cable. In the process, I am now offering cable construction services to help pay for going back to school.

The prices are very competitive while the quality is second to none.

If you’re interested in getting a quote, please send me an email and I’ll shoot you the excel calculator. 4483@APKaudio.com
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I’ve had nothing but good luck and good feedback about the Microphone Cables I’ve made available for rental. All of the cables are Mogami Negflex Quad Microphone with Neutrik NC3-XX connectors.

Recommended for most small to mid size recording studios:
8 4′
8 8′
16 16′
16 24′
4 48′
2 96′

I’ve been asked to estimate a few kits, so a simple calculator has been created to help you estimate the costs of your build.

All Cables include ID Heatshrink, coloured boots and rings, and Panduit Velcro Cable tie.

Free use of APKaudio loaner Microphone cable package available while yours is being built.

3 weeks lead time needed to build your order. Cable subject to availability.

Get $5 trade in on all of your old XLR microphone cable! All used cables get donated to a high school tech club

100% Satisfaction Guarantee.
I do not want you to have something from APKaudio that you are not satisfied with.

Wednesday night TV

Check out Jörg Wuttke, Understanding Microphones

Jörg Wuttke was born in Berlin in 1942. He studied electronics and telecommunications at Karlsruhe University, specializing in acoustics, and was teaching assistant to professor Günther Kurtze, the inventor of the shotgun microphone. He joined Schoeps GmbH as a research engineer in 1970, became its chief engineer in 1972, and is now its technical director.
Mr. Wuttke has been an active member of the Audio Engineering Society for many years, including publishing in the AES Journal and presenting papers and chairing workshops at conventions. In1993 he was awarded an AES Fellowship. Since 1972, he has been a member of the DIN standards committee on microphones and headphones. He maintains an avid interest in listening to music and recording live concerts.

Going to re-manufacture some WBS daughter boards

As a part of my school program, I’ve decided to take a shot at re-designing 2 WBS components.

First the 4-110 mic pre-amp for the M460 – M461. In the 90s WBS redesigned the card using 5534 but I’m looking at something even more modern.

Second the 109 cards. While at Revolution Recording, Joe D redesigned his version of the 109 card and it was a HUGE improvement. He described it as “taking the cheese cloth off the audio” and he was right.

The idea is to have a plug and play module available for users with a few new features not incorporated in past designs.


Once they’re done I hope to have them for sale on www.AudioAholics.com

Schoeps at AES

This looks and probably sounds amazing!

from: http://www.schoeps.de/en/products/v4u
Studio Vocal Microphone V4 U

Studio Vocal Microphone
New small-diaphragm capsule architecture, with bevelled collar for controlling the polar response.
Warm, clear sonic character with smoothly rolled-off diffuse-field response.
Capsule head with adjustable tilt angle.
Optimal on-axis frequency response featuring a mild high-frequency lift.
Very smooth polar response; carefully-controlled narrowing of the pattern at high frequencies.
Diffuse-field response parallel to the 0 ° response, with a gentle roll-off at high frequencies.
Newly designed electronics offer a very high maximum sound pressure level.

V4 U Studio Vocal Microphone
The V4 U is the studio vocal microphone by SCHOEPS.
It unites the outstanding technical characteristics typical of SCHOEPS with a timeless, classic design.

The “look” of the V4 U is based on the SCHOEPS CM 51/3 from 1951. But the V4 U is a thoroughly modern studio microphone. Its capsule, circuitry and mechanical construction are the result of extensive new development.

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Mixing Surround Sound in headphones…

there is a demo below… check it out in cans


The Spatial Sound Card App is a software based, virtual sound card. It provides speakers for stereo and surround monitoring for the computer with standard headphones.

Professional monitoring of audio content usually requires complex, high-quality speaker installations, for which both budget and space are needed. The Spatial Sound Card enables monitoring of stereo and surround up to 7.1 with a standard headphone on the computer.

The Spatial Sound Card is a virtual sound card that is inserted between software, operating system and audio hardware. The room virtualizations originate from a constantly growing number of high end studios and dub stages like the ARRI Stage One, MSM Munich and others. The technology used in the SSC was used on major Blu-Ray releases (e.g. The Expendables I and II).

To optimize the virtualization the SSC provides parameters to customize the frequency curve of the used headphones. Presets for a lot of well-known headphone models are included, more will follow soon.

The Spatial Sound Card works with all applications that support multichannel audio output. These include media players like VLC and FLAC-Player as well as video and audio workstations. The SSC is recommended for media professionals from the audio, video or games area as well as for agencies and companies with workstations that need high quality audio monitoring.

For now the Spatial Sound Card runs on MacOS 10.6.x and above, a version for Windows will come within the third quarter of this year.

Making a Yamaha SKRM-100 subkick

A few years ago I made another Sub-Kick. I used all Yamaha Parts… so I guess it’s a Yamaha Sub Kick

Drilling the XLR into the side:IMG_4195

Pulling the driver from its box:IMG_4196

I built some Brackets and drilled the holes to line up with the existing lug hardware:IMG_4197

Mesh head:IMG_4199

Filled the lining of the shell with acoustic foam and put another mesh head on the back:IMG_4198