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Microphone Month 3

Latest Product Reviews

Hands On Review: Novation Impulse

The latest USB keyboard controller from Novation, the Impulse aims to provide complete control over your entire rig, with a slew of controls and functions. Does it succeed in its goal? Let’s check it out! There are... Read more »

Hands On Review: RME Fireface UCX

RME interfaces have long been known for their feature-heavy design, rock-solid drivers, low latency, and pristine sound quality. With the Fireface UCX, RME has brought all of these qualities together into a compact... Read more »

Hands On Review: Orange Dark Terror

Orange set a new standard for great tone in a compact package with their Tiny Terror amplifiers, and the family has continued to expand with new offerings that provide additional features and tonal colors. If your... Read more »

M-Audio Venom Review

The M Audio Venom is a keyboard in the dirtiest sense of the word. For the number of features in the product I would it cost in the thousands but to my surprise it was marked below 500 dollars. The sounds that this... Read more »

electro-harmonix Ravish Sitar Review

The Ravish Sitar pedal by electro-harmonix will definitely catch the ear of anyone looking to get an effect that stands out from the traditional delay, reverb, EQ, and distortion pedals. This device transforms your... Read more »

Blue Microphones enCORE 200 Review

The enCORE 200 by Blue is an active dynamic microphone that is tailored for live vocal performances. When I first opened the box I was a bit weary of the idea of a phantom powered dynamic. Being that it was by Blue... Read more »

Orange Dual Terror Head Review

The Dual Terror is a great amp! Don't let the minimal controls deceive you, this thing just oozes tone! The single volume, tone, and gain knobs are very sensitive. A single tone knob may seem limiting, but Orange... Read more »

Hands On Review: The World of Pigtronix

There’s a familiar slogan that was used by Apple in the late ’90s: “Think Different.” Pigtronix is another company that could just as easily use that slogan. Founded by guitar players who wanted to create unique... Read more »

Hands On Review: Slate Pro Audio Dragon & Fox

Looking for powerful and versatile hardware for your studio? Want it to sound incredible? You need to check out the new Dragon and Fox from Slate Pro Audio! Famed as the man behind the incredible Steven Slate Drums... Read more »

Hands On Review: Ultimate Support MS-100

Monitor stands… hmmm, maybe not the most exciting thing in the world. After all, they hold up your speakers. What more is there? If you’re Ultimate Support, there’s much more! Take, for example, the MS-100 stands I... Read more »

Novation Impulse 25 (25-key) Review

Novation's Impulse 25 is professional USB/MIDI controller. It features a precision keyboard and a full control surface powered by a brand new version of Novation's Automap control software. When I tried it, it gave... Read more »

Ableton Live 8.2 Suite Review

When I first started using live, I thought of it as primarily as a DJ/loop-based performance instrument and not as a studio production tool. As I delved into it though I soon learned it was that and a whole lot... Read more »

Hands On Review: Native Instruments Maschine

There’s a reason that groove boxes such as the MPC and the SP1200 remain in high demand. They’re the perfect tools for putting together a beat or even constructing an entire song. But wouldn’t it be cool if you... Read more »

Hands On Review: Line 6 DT50

Some players can make their music happen with just a single amplifier kept on a single setting. But many of us are looking for versatility from our amps; we want to cover a range of sounds, from clean to crunchy to... Read more »

Hands On Review: Universal Audio UAD-2 Satellite

If you've been reading SweetNotes for a while, then you know I'm a big fan of the Universal Audio UAD-2 platform. The UAD DSP hardware works great, and I love the plug-ins; I think they're some of the best on the... Read more »

Hands On Review: IK Multimedia iRig Mic

Looking for a great portable recording device? Why not use your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch? One reason might be that you don't have a way to capture sound into the device. Well, that reason is no longer valid! IK... Read more »

Hands On Review: Bose L1 Model II with ToneMatch

Playing live music is full of equipment challenges. And though it seems counterintuitive, playing in a small room is often more complicated than filling a stadium with sound. My folk/Americana trio, the Gimcrack... Read more »

Synth Tricks: JamHub

As I enter my 50th year of life, I find myself thinking about what is important to me and, more specifically, what situations provide the most memorable fun and enjoyment. Family activities aside, I find that... Read more »

Hands On Review: Egnater Rebel-30

The paradigm for guitar amps has shifted radically in the past several years. Today, players are looking for amp solutions that provide tonal flexibility with good tone at manageable volume levels. For playing at... Read more »

Hands On Review: Compact Recording Interfaces with StudioLive Flexibility

PreSonus raises the bar for affordable audio interfaces, with their new AudioBox VSL lineup. Available in 2-, 4-, and 18-channel models that come loaded with PreSonus’s award-winning Class A XMAX preamps, there’s an... Read more »

Hands On Review: Tech 21 Boost Chorus and Roto Choir

Tech 21 has long been known for their SansAmp family of guitar and bass processors. These were some of the first amp simulators on the market, and they still hold up well, producing excellent tones. The Character... Read more »

Hands On Review: Genelec 8260A

You have to have great monitors to really hear what's going on in your tracking, mixing, and mastering sessions. And I've just spent time with some of the most phenomenal studio monitors I've ever had the pleasure... Read more »

Hands On Review: iConnectivity iConnectMIDI

As a musician, you're probably at least marginally aware that the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch keep getting exciting new instrument apps every day. At this year's Winter NAMM show, you couldn't swing a guitar strap... Read more »

Hands On Review: Sennheiser MK4

Sennheiser is best known for their dynamic microphones, but that doesn't mean they don't make great condensers! And with the MK4, they're bringing their condenser to the project studio. The MK4 is a large-diaphragm... Read more »