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Microphone Month 4

Latest Product Reviews


The whole category of handheld digital recorders has exploded. No matter what your price range or what feature set you're looking for, there's a compact stereo recorder out there waiting for you. A prime example is... Read more »

HANDS ON: Dangerous Music BAX EQ

There are two approaches to equalization: precise, tightly controlled "surgical" EQ that is used to correct problems and broad-stroke "shaping" EQ that is used to tune the overall frequency balance and tonality of a... Read more »


You can never have too many great mics! Fortunately, great new companies, such as Nashville-based Miktek, are keeping us well supplied with excellent transducers. For this "Hands On," I reviewed the C5MP, a matched... Read more »

HANDS ON: Primacoustics Recoil Stabilizers

A studio monitor system, by its nature, is a system. It's more than just a pair of speakers. The room, the electronics driving the monitors, the placements, and more can all impact the sound that your monitors... Read more »

HANDS ON: iZotope RX Advanced

I've been a fan of iZotope's RX restoration software ever since it first came out. I use it frequently in my studio for cleaning up recordings, optimizing samples, and removing noise from old tracks. It's fast... Read more »

HANDS ON: New UAD-2 Plug-ins

When I reviewed the Universal Audio UAD-2 DSP cards awhile ago, I knew they were going to be great. I had used the original UAD, and I liked it and its plug-in complement a lot. In fact, I wasn't prepared for how... Read more »

Boss DD-20 Review

Delay is a big part of my sound, and the Boss DD-20 Giga Delay became my favorite delay pedal right out of the box. With 11 different delays to choose from, this a great tool for every musician! One of the best... Read more »

Digidesign Eleven Rack Review

Whether you're playing guitar in your bedroom or in a world-class studio, the Eleven Rack has the sound you're looking for. The Eleven Rack lets me get the range of tones I want without having to use a studio full... Read more »

Blue Microphones Cactus Review

I have anticipated using this microphone ever sense the suggestion crossed my mind and when I went to open it, I thought to myself, "What on earth? This can't be a mic... it's in a huge box!" Well, what an... Read more »

Mojave Audio MA-200 Review

Before I first used the MA-200, I assumed that it would be an "average" mic in the mid-level price range. I envisioned a decent replication of my sound followed by a constant agitation driven by a need for more. I... Read more »

Toontrack Superior Drummer 2.0 Review

Sometimes you don't really know the true value of a piece of gear until you are unable to use it. Likewise, you may not also know its true value until you have to use an earlier model. I discovered both of these... Read more »

Elektron Machinedrum SPS-1 UW MKII+ Review

Even with the dramatic increase in computer-based drum generators, standalone drum machines can still be valuable additions to both live and recording audio rigs. The versatility of this deceivingly small unit is... Read more »

AEA RPQ Ribbon Pre Review

In the field test I conducted with the RPQ, I used a Royer SF-24 ribbon microphone running through both of the RPQ's channels. I was blown away by the high-end fidelity and the pristine air that came through the... Read more »

Casio PX-3 Review

Throughout my life I have been surrounded by the piano. Both my mother and grandmother graduated from Northwestern with degrees in piano performance. For me, after a few years of piano lessons it was apparent that I... Read more »

Neumann TLM 67 Set Z Review

When picking up the Neumann TLM 67 Set Z, the classic styling already had me imagining crooning into this great mic, a la "The Chairman of the Board" Frank Sinatra. After the initial set up (the Mic comes with it's... Read more »

Blue Microphones Robbie Review

The Blue Robbie was always an item that intrigued me. I consistently heard amazing results when my old singer used this with a U87 for vocals. I finally got a chance to try this odd-looking tube preamp for myself... Read more »

Bogner Alchemist 212 Review

It is a strange sight to see mass produced Bogner amplifiers, and if you know anything about the somewhat eccentric German born, California living Reinhold Bogner, his expensive boutique amplifiers are looked at as... Read more »

Euphonix MC Control v2 Review

I was understandably excited when I first started hooking up my MC Control in my home studio. I knew that this piece of gear would evolve my workflow as an audio engineer and a video editor, but I honestly did not... Read more »

Joemeek oneQ Review

I thought I knew what I was getting into before opening the oneQ box, but simply reading the specifications couldn't completely prepare me for working with the oneQ. The first thing I noticed upon pulling this... Read more »

Dangerous Music D-Box Review

Being a guy who worked in analog studios throughout school, I was excited to see that Dangerous Music had brought analog summing to the doorstep of my digital world. Like an anxious child on Christmas eve, I... Read more »

Randall RM20B Review

I will have to admit, before I had a chance to actually play on any of the Randall Master Tube Series amplifiers, I was highly skeptical about the modular amp concept and whether or not the modules held their own... Read more »

Roland SP-404SX Review

I decided to take my first trip into the world of sampling with the Roland SP-404SX Linear Wave Sampler. Though I am sometimes considered as "rhythmically challenged," I was very excited to try out this new piece of... Read more »

Zoom R16 Review

Once getting this out of the box, it was difficult to be impressed by the low profile Zoom R16 at first glance. I found, however, the more I looked it over and read through the manual, the more I found myself... Read more »

Elektron Machinedrum SPS-1 UW MKII Review

I recently got to use the Elektron Machinedrum SPS-1 UW mkII. When I first took it out of the box, I was struck by the classic design. Sleek and durable construction that no doubt looks good onstage or in any... Read more »