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Microphone Month 3

Live Sound Product Reviews

Universal Audio LA-610 Review

I use a traditional recording console for my recordings and I was pretty happy with the way everything sounded. My perception has definitely changed after experiencing the Universal Audio LA-610. It worked great for... Read more »

Rane TTM 57SL Review

The Rane TTM 57SL is a must have for any DJ/turntablist that is serious about what they do. I had a chance to get this piece of gear setup in my DJ rig, and I had a great experience with it. It was very simple to... Read more »

Roland MC-808 Review

Being a guy who prefers computer sequencing and sampling I was a little apprehensive to try a pattern-based groove-box. But after a few minutes of playing with the Roland MC-808 I must say that not only was I... Read more »

Manley VOXBOX Review

I could see through the fine meshwork on the top of the Manley VoxBox that there was some powerful stuff under the hood. As I pulled it out I felt like a Navy Seal setting up a secret electronics weapon station. I... 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 »

Korg Electribe-MX Review

The EMX-1 is a new drum machine/synthesizer workstation combo from the folks at Korg. It places a great sequencer, five mono synths, three effects, and a full-on drum machine all in a small intuitive box. First and... Read more »

FreeHand Systems MusicPad Pro Plus Review

From the moment I turned the Music Pad Pro on I kept thinking of situations I have been in that I wish I had one. In the studio, classroom situations, live performances, or practicing at home, the Music Pad Pro... Read more »

Line 6 Bass PODxt Review

I recently got my hands on the Bass PODxt by Line 6. I have to admit, I didn't really think I would get into an amp modeler - the idea is great, but I had bad luck with unrealistic modelers in the past. Even with my... Read more »

Focusrite VoiceMaster Pro Review

There are so many "all-in-one" channel strips and interfaces on the market today that things are starting to get clouded. The VoiceMaster Pro really stands out above the crowd. It's been an integral part of my... Read more »

Dynaudio BM 5A Review

Sleek, powerful, and eye pleasing make the BM5A monitors the obvious choice. They are small, but pack a powerful punch for any musical style. If space is a concern, look no further, and you will never sacrifice... Read more »

Boss GT-6B Review

BOSS has long had a reputation for great effects, from their Compact pedal line to their Twin pedals and on up the chain, and the BOSS GT-6B Bass effects and amp modeling pedalboard is no exception. Any bassist... Read more »

Universal Audio LA-610 Review

I couldn't pass up the opportunity to try out the LA-610, especially since a friend of mine was very interested in it. I at least wanted to find out for myself what all the fuss was about. I wanted to see what it... Read more »

Drawmer MX60 Review

Going into testing this product I had high expectations. This is a piece from a company who has brought us a plethora of first-rate studio gear. This however, is different in that the MX60 is priced for everyone. I... Read more »

Korg Electribe-SX Review

I had an opportunity to test drive the Korg ESX-1 music production sampler. I hooked it up at my home studio. I was first impressed with its sweet-hot look and the built-to-last feel. I quickly learned how to get... Read more »

Eventide H7600 Review

I will say that today I am uncharacteristically fatigued - I couldn't help but stay up until the wee hours of the morning playing with this device. The H7600 has an intoxicating arsenal of effects, ranging from... Read more »

Shure PGDMK6-XLR Review

I have to start out by admitting that I love drums. My favorite part of any recording session I'm involved in is putting mics on a drum set and getting sounds. I guess it's because on so many records the drums... Read more »

Empirical Labs Distressor EL-8S Review

After hearing for years about how versatile the Empirical Labs Distressor is as a compressor, I was "EL8ed" to get a chance to try a The answer is a resounding YES! Whether I was shooting for the speed of a VCA, the... Read more »

Hartke KM200 Review

I first picked the KM200 to review mostly because I was unfamiliar with Hartke's offering in the lineup of keyboard amplifiers. I was well aware of their well-deserved reputation for making excellent bass rigs, and... Read more »

Roland SP-404 Review

Easy sampling, loads of sound effects, live playability, and the look of a military code-breaking device; the SP-404 is a great little hit box! You have to admire the Hummer-esque look of this unit. The SP-404... Read more »

Denon DN-S5000 Review

After having the opportunity to decide between different CD turntables, I chose the Denon DN-S5000. This unit is incredible when it comes to mixing CD's. The DN-S5000 contains a host of features and functions that... 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 »

BBE 882 Sonic Maximizer Review

The 882i was recommended to me by a fellow sales engineer who told me that the effect the 882i would have on sound is nothing less than extraordinary. I fully trusted him and as I researched the product, I couldn't... Read more »

Korg Electribe-R mkII Review

I have very little experience with equipment primarily designed for electronic musicians. This little Electribe box, however, proved to be quite fun and very easy to use. The sounds were warm and "analog-y", and the... Read more »

Korg Electribe-MX Review

The Korg Electribe EMX-1 is a powerful, yet easy to use piece of music production gear for a variety of dance music styles. In my studio, I was able to take the EMX-1 out of the box, plug in a pair of powered... Read more »