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Use Audio Plugiator Review

I had been in the market for a tabletop synth for some time, but was hesitant about acquiring yet another hardware piece for my collection. As an avid virtual synthesis user, I was intrigued by all the benefits the... Read more »

Apogee Big Ben Review

Being a self labeled gearhead, it's not uncommon for me to add new pieces of gear to my collection every month or week depending on my current "need." After acquiring many different digital pieces in my arsenal I... Read more »

Digidesign Mbox 2 Factory Bundle Review

Today with all the different DAW options out there it can quickly become difficult to decide which one is right for you. Digidesign has made this choice much easier. Pro Tools 8 LE or M-Powered with an interface are... Read more »

Mojave Audio MA-100 Review

It doesn't matter what you put the MA-100 on, it sounds great, and from the first time you open the sleek silver case, you'll realize that the investment that you've made in the microphone will pay for itself over... Read more »

M-Audio Torq Xponent Review

When I first sat down with the Xponent, I was stunned at how well the layout mimics the 1s and 2s of a 2-channel mixer and two vinyl decks. Everything you would typically find on a vinyl DJ setup is set out in a... Read more »

PreSonus Central Station Review

For a project studio owner like myself, it means a lot to take care of many different needs with a compact one-rackspace unit, especially when it doesn't cost an arm and a leg. These type of products are usually few... Read more »

Apogee Ensemble Review

I looked at the Ensemble the same way I looked at Apple's Mighty Mouse. It looked cool, but had few "normal" features. The front panel only had two knobs and a power button. But, just like my first experience with... Read more »

HANDS ON: Korg MR-2000S

Here in the early 21st century, the digital audio world has settled into leading pretty much a PCM life. And, hey, PCM (Pulse Code Modulation) works perfectly well for most of our purposes. But, there are other... Read more »

HANDS ON: Universal Audio UAD-2

Today's computers are capable of cranking out some serious horsepower - a state-of-the-art Mac or Windows machine can run a ton of tracks and a pile of real-time plug-ins. But, even the most cutting-edge computer... Read more »

HANDS ON: Direct Sound EX-29 Extreme Isolation Headphones

It's a tough problem: you need headphones to track and to monitor, but they rarely seal tightly enough to really seal out outside sound, and because of that, sounds from inside the phones, such as click tracks, can... Read more »

HANDS ON: Focal Twin6 Be and Solo6 Be

I'd like to start this article with a very important piece of news: the monitors you use are essential to the quality of audio your studio produces. Yes, it's true! In all seriousness, it is true! There's no way you... Read more »

Korg Electribe-SX Review

Combining real-time pattern writing, sampling, and effects, the Korg ESX1 will find its place nicely in any DJ's club or studio rig. This unit was designed to be hands on and easy to manipulate. The ESX1 is equipped... Read more »

REVIEW: The Satch Factor

If you were listening to music back in 1987, then you may remember what an impact Joe Satriani's Surfing with the Alien had on the guitar scene. With his fresh melodic sense, listenable compositions, stellar... Read more »

REVIEW: Audix CabGrabber

Miking up a guitar amp or cabinet isn't excruciatingly difficult, but there are the hassles of dealing with a mic stand and quickly getting the mic placed where you want it. Now, those hassles are a thing of the... Read more »

REVIEW: Line 6 Spider IV

I've been using Line 6 gear since the company opened its doors. From the original POD to a POD Pro, from Amp Farm to Echo Farm, and finally to my current M13 (which I absolutely love as a grab-it-and-go pedalboard)... Read more »

Digidesign Mbox 2 Review

This unit was very easy to setup and start using. The instruction manual is well written and easy to follow. Each step is laid out for you, to include optimizing your host computer system for the best audio... Read more »

REVIEW: Wechter Nashville

Even if you've never heard the term "Nashville tuning," you've probably heard Nashville-tuned acoustic guitars - Rolling Stones' "Wild Horses," anyone? Maybe "Dust in the Wind" by Kansas? The list of songs where... Read more »

REVIEW: Vox Night Train

Back in the day, I spent a significant amount of time in front of amps ranging in power from 100 to 160 watts, with 2 x 12" and 4 x 12" cabinets. As those larger amps became untenable in my playing situations, I... Read more »

REVIEW: Fender ’57 Champ

Just how many watts does an amp need to crank out the sound you want? And how many controls does it need to produce truly great tone? If the amp you're talking about is the Fender '57 Champ, then the answer is just... Read more »

REVIEW: Fender ’57 Champ

Just how many watts does an amp need to crank out the sound you want? And how many controls does it need to produce truly great tone? If the amp you're talking about is the Fender '57 Champ, then the answer is just... Read more »

REVIEW: Sonuus G2M

There seem to be two broad classes of electric guitarists: those who find their sound and stick with it and those who endlessly experiment with pedals, amps, guitars, and other gear in search of a broad palette of... Read more »

Moog Etherwave Standard Theremin Review

When I brought home the Moog Etherwave Theremin, I could hardly contain my excitement. Not only had I heard the Theremin on countless records, but also in countless old cheesy sci-fi films. So to get my hands on (or... Read more »

Korg M50-61 Review

The first thing that I really loved about the Korg M50 was the ease of use and the beats and sounds that come out when you use the Combi programs. I played it without reading the manual, and it was easy with the... Read more »

M-Audio CX5 Review

When I first set up a pair of CX5s, I was thinking of all of the stereotypes of 5" woofer-based monitors: no bass, harsh midrange and either weak or shrill highs. Admittedly, I was not very excited. But then I did... Read more »