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Computer Product Reviews

Hands On: Gruv Gear Club Bag, Sliiv, and Bento Boxes

We all take gear on the go. Whether you're simply carrying your laptop around, putting together a mobile studio, taking gear to a gig, jam, or session, or traveling around the world, you want your gear to arrive... Read more »

Focusrite Clarett 8Pre and Clarett 8Pre X

What is it that you want from an audio interface? Transparent sound quality, dynamic and detailed mic preamps, low noise, no latency, and ease of use. In many ways, you can sum it up by saying that the interface... Read more »

Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt Audio Interface Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_djSspzPgI HANDS ON: Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt Looking for a flexible interface to build your Mac-based studio around, that offers tons of connectivity, extremely low latency, lots... Read more »

Hands On: Antelope Audio Zen Studio

Antelope Audio is a company that specializes in amazing products. Their mastering-grade converters and super-accurate clocks are just two examples. Then there is the Orion 32, with its ground-breaking ability to... Read more »

Hands On Review: IK Multimedia SampleTank 3

IK Multimedia’s SampleTank has been a great choice as a software sample playback engine for more than thirteen years. It’s always been easy to learn, easy to operate, and it came with a great library; and several... Read more »

Hands On: Antelope Audio Zen Studio

Antelope Audio is a company that specializes in amazing products. Their mastering-grade converters and super-accurate clocks are just two examples. Then, there is the Orion 32, with its groundbreaking ability to... Read more »

Hands On: iZotope RX 4 & RX 4 Advanced

As recording engineers and recording musicians and songwriters, noise is our enemy. Over the years, a number of solutions for removing noise have hit the market. But when iZotope released RX, the whole idea of noise... Read more »

Hands On: Native Instruments Komplete 10 & Komplete Kontrol S Series

Imagine how tough it is for the developers at Native Instruments. You've got this package called "Komplete" that comes loaded with basically everything you can think of including software instruments, sound... Read more »

Hands On: IK Multimedia Sample Tank 3

IK Multimedia's SampleTank has been a great choice as a software sampler for more than 13 years. It's always been easy to learn, easy to operate, and came with a great library; and several great expansion modules... Read more »

Hands On: Propellerhead Reason 8

Reason 8 is here, and it rocks! Everything in Reason 8 has been streamlined and optimized for a faster, creativity-inspiring user experience. New Features The new Browser window allows one-stop, fast access to your... Read more »

Hands On: iZotope RX 4 and RX 4 Advanced

As recording engineers and recording musicians and songwriters, noise is our enemy. There's gear noise — hiss, rumble, pops, clicks, and hum; environmental noise — many of us record at home in... Read more »

Hands On: The KOMPLETE World of Native Instruments

Imagine how tough it is for the developers at a Native Instruments. You’ve got this package called "KOMPLETE," that comes loaded with basically everything you can think of, including software instruments, sound... Read more »

Hands On Review: Reason 8 Arrives!

Reason 8 is here and it rocks! The software was officially released today, and I've already downloaded my copy and started putting it through its paces. With this release, Propellerhead has drawn the focus in tight... Read more »

Hands-on Review: Yamaha MG06X and MG16XU Mixers

The MG06X — A Great Sounding Compact Mixer If you do solo gigs then you know what a hassle it can be to have to lug a bunch of gear around. You don't need enough gear for a whole band, you just need a few... Read more »

Hands-On Review: Blue Mo-Fi

Blue is well known for crafting excellent microphones that each carry their own cool twist; they look unique, they sound unique, and they're must-haves for any mic locker. So it's no surprise that when Blue... Read more »

Hands On: Avid S6

When you’re in a production environment, getting things done quickly and efficiently is key to success. Avid has always provided tools that allow professionals to get the job done, including a lineage of control... Read more »

Hands On: Universal Audio Apollo Twin

One of the big hits at the recent Winter NAMM trade show in Anaheim, California, was the announcement of the Apollo Twin by Universal Audio. With the Apollo Twin, UA brings all the cool features of the Apollo audio... Read more »

Hands On: Glyph Studio mini

Recently I found it was time to update the hard drives in my new studio. The old drives were getting filled to capacity, and I had added a couple of mega-sized drives for archiving, iTunes, and so on. But with my... Read more »

Hands On: East West Storm Drum 3

Wouldn't it be awesome to have the Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart bring his immense collection of exotic percussion instruments into your studio and lay down tracks for you? With East West Storm Drum 3, you've got the... Read more »

Hands On: iZotope RX 3

It's always been a dream to be able to reach inside audio files and pull out the audience noises, hums, buzzes, pops, clicks, and more. A few years ago, iZotope fulfilled that dream with their amazing RX software... Read more »

HANDS ON: Antelope Audio Orion 32

Just how much audio I/O for your computer can you cram into a single rackspace? If you're Antelope Audio, the answer is 32 inputs and 32 outputs with the groundbreaking new Orion 32 audio interface for Mac and PC!... Read more »

Hands On Review: Gator G-ARM 360-DESKMT

The laptop computer has always been a supremely useful tool for musicians. It’s portable, can use batteries or AC, and can run lots of applications, giving musicians the power that once belonged only to top-dollar... Read more »

Hands On Review: Apogee Quartet

Apogee has long been known for making top-quality AD/DA converters and audio interfaces. Now they’ve unveiled a new interface, aimed squarely at those who need several simultaneous inputs, want to control multiple... Read more »

Akai Professional SynthStation25 Review

I bought the Akai Professional SynthStation25 out of pure curiosity. I saw that the SynthStation25 was a very inexpensive iOS synthesizer, and I was not sure what to expect as I arrived home and had a chance to dive... Read more »