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Microphone Month 2

Computer Product Reviews

Sony PCM-D1 Review

One of the first things I noticed about the PCM-D1 was how solid it is. This machine is built to last! Its body is made of 1mm thick, pure titanium, and the surface is scratch-resistant (which put my mind at ease... Read more »

AKAI MPC500 Review

When the MPC500 was introduced, my first thought was that it would be a low function, low-power unit that would not be a cost-effective way to work. After I got it out of the box and spent time with it, I realized... Read more »

MOTU Traveler Review

The blue glossy Traveler box showed up at my door on a cold Alaskan evening in 2005. The warm glow of the gold-covered connections and the banks of I/O stole my heart and then immediately started pleading with me to... Read more »

Novation X-Station 49 Review

This was my first venture into the world of synths and I have to say, I am sold. The X-Station has got one of the best out-of-the-box experiences I've ever had with ANY piece of gear. Just plug it in, turn it on... Read more »

Native Instruments Guitar Rig 2 Review

When I first heard about Guitar Rig a couple of years ago, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. As a guitar player, having the option of eight of my personal favorite amps along with the ability to customize... Read more »

Novation X-Station 25 Review

When I unwrapped the Novation X-Station 25 chills went up my spine. Novation. Novation. Did I mention Novation? I plugged it in, powered it up, and I was in heaven. The blissful sounds of a hard trance synth were... Read more »

Roland MC-808 Review

Have you ever wanted to make world-class, block-rockin' hip hop and electronica beats? Well, I have, and to that end, I got my hands on the Roland MC-808. To say that I was impressed with my initial testing of the... Read more »

TASCAM FW-1884 Review

The TASCAM FW-1884 has everything you need to get your best ideas into your computer, and it does it easily. There's plenty of inputs and outputs that will give you more flexibility than you'll find on other... Read more »

Native Instruments Kore Review

I remember seeing Native Instruments Kore at the last NAMM show, and being intrigued.here was a product promising something different! But would NI deliver? I was fortunate to get my hands on a review copy of Kore a... Read more »

MOTU Digital Performer 5 Review

It's always a big deal when one of the premier DAW manufacturers unleashes a major upgrade on the world. So no surprise there's been big buzz about Digital Performer 5 from MOTU. I (along with hordes of other DP... Read more »

Frontier Design TranzPort Review

Frontier Design has pulled off one of those "That's such a great idea, why didn't someone do it sooner?" coups. I'm talking about TranzPort, a wireless remote controller for DAW software. I've had a TranzPort... Read more »

M-Audio Trigger Finger Review

Programming drums can be a pain in the butt. Plunking little dots on a grid with a mouse is tedious, and often results in lame rhythms - which is fine, if you're into that sort of thing. For great-feeling drums and... Read more »

Rane Serato Scratch LIVE Review

ScratchLive is a dedicated system for using vinyl records or CDs with special time coded signals that control MP3 and WAV files on your computer as if they were actually on the record or CD. ScratchLive is highly... Read more »

Roland MC-909 Review

I am a musician and engineer, but I've never had a chance to get to know the Roland MC-909 groovebox. For this reason exactly, I decided to take one home to try it out. I took it out of the box, decided to see what... Read more »

Korg Legacy Collection – Digital Edition Review

legacy n. , pl. -cies . Something handed down from an ancestor or a predecessor or property bequeathed to another by will. I have a nice collection of synthesizers that has grown over the years. It includes both a... Read more »

M-Audio FireWire Solo Review

Rugged, easy to carry and setup, great sounding, compatible with a bunch of software, the M-Audio Firewire SOLO just works! When you go mobile with your recording, you need a reliable interface to get ideas down... Read more »

Focusrite Saffire Review

Today, there seems to be numerous FireWire interfaces on the market that are portable and extremely powerful, which is making it increasingly difficult to find the right match for your personal studio. But Focusrite... Read more »

Sweetwater Custom Computing Creation Station 3.2GHz Rack Computer Review

What would your studio be like if it weren't computer-based? I'm betting that with a few possible exceptions, most of us would have a very different studio without our computers - if we even had a studio. Given our... Read more »

Korg microKONTROL Review

I was completely impressed with the microKontrol from the moment out of the box. The first thing I noticed is the sleek sturdy design. In an almost entirely aluminum case, this MIDI controller keyboard is quite... Read more »

Yamaha PSR1500 Review

The Yamaha PSR 1500 is truly remarkable a keyboard that deserves more than just a casual glance. It is a feature rich keyboard in a small package, with sounds (and sound quality) that might surprise a good many... Read more »

Line 6 PODxt Review

It seems like the gang at Line 6 has an unbelievable knack for not only outdoing the competition, but also outdoing themselves. This can only be good for the rest of us. How do you top the success of the original... Read more »

Clavia Nord Modular G2 Keyboard Review

In this world of soft-synths and plug-ins I am always looking for a way to shelter my poor old laptop from over exertion. It is true that I had some really bad experiences doing live shows with this old computer and... Read more »

Propellerheads Reason 3.0 Review

Reason is a revolutionary product that puts racks of traditional studio gear right on your computer's desktop. Reason combines the logic of signal flow from the analog world and brings it to the digital realm but... Read more »

Roland XV-2020 Review

I recently test-drove the Roland XV-2020. Setting up was as easy as 1-2-3. USB from my laptop to the XV-2020 and a keyboard connected to the XV via MIDI for playing the sounds and controlling. The XV-2020 comes with... Read more »