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January Clearance 2017

Recording Product Reviews

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 »

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 »

Soundcraft COMPACT 10 Review

I have used both the Compact 10 and it's smaller sibling, the Compact 4, in my own studio. I used it as a mic preamp and as a mixer. I also used it to connect two sets of monitors, two sets of headphones, line-level... Read more »

Taylor K4 Review

I love the full sound and balanced tone of Taylor acoustic guitars, and I'm continually impressed by the detailed, natural sound of the Rupert Neve designed Taylor Expression System pickup that comes installed in... Read more »

Focusrite Liquid Channel Review

The Focusrite Liquid Channel is a single channel modeling microphone preamp, compressor, and EQ. By themselves, these may not seem like much to write home about (or justify a $3000 price tag). But the Liquid Channel... 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 »

Fender Cyber-Twin SE Review

The original Cyber Twin made its debut in 2001, and pretty much rocked the guitar community at that time with excellent features, super programmability, ease of use, and, of course, unbelievable sound! This newer SE... Read more »

Korg Electribe-A mkII Review

The Korg Electribe-A mkII I is a perfect addition to any "synth head's" gear arsenal. It puts 256 analog presets right at your fingertips, and every preset can be altered then saved for later use. The new cross... Read more »

Korg Electribe-A mkII Review

The Korg Electribe-A mkII is a perfect addition to any synth head's gear arsenal. It puts 256 analog presets right at your fingertips, and every preset can be altered and saved for later use. The new cross... 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 »

Gibson Labs Echoplex Review

The Echoplex Digital Pro is unlike any effect you've ever heard. The cutting-edge technologies of digital recording, sampling, and digital delay are all available to the guitarist, vocalist, percussionist... Read more »

Universal Audio LA2A Review

The Universal Audio LA2A is one of those "holy grails" of recording equipment that all audiophiles know about but until recently were next to impossible to get a hold of. The LA2A limiting amplifier was originally... Read more »

BLUE Bluebird Kit Review

Clean and versatile are the two best words to describe the Bluebird. Its transformerless design allows the user to minimize noise, making it an ideal tool for the recording artist. The sound of the microphone is... Read more »

DigiTech GNX4 Review

The Digitech GNX4 is an awesome guitar workstation with tons of useful features every guitarist could ever dream of. Not only is it a truly lifelike sounding amp/effects modeler, it's also a 6 channel audio... Read more »

Manley SLAM! Review

The Manley SLAM! is an absolute must-have for any professional studio or mastering house. It exemplifies versatility in design, and limitless in possibilities. I had it connected to my Digi002 and, using Pro Tools... Read more »

M-Audio Tampa Review

I recently recorded some guitar tracks through the M-Audio Tampa preamp. One of the things that stood out most about the Tampa was its simplicity and ease of use. The design is reminiscent of my favorite, rare... Read more »

Korg MS2000 Review

Korg's MS2000B Analog Modeling Synthesizer/ Vocoder is the epitome of value: a full-featured analog synth and a sixteen-band vocoder for well-under $1000! The MS2000B is here for anyone needing a great quality... Read more »

Neumann M 147 Review

Are you missing that "vintage" tube microphone sound in your recording system? The Neumann M147 tube condenser microphone is a re-creation of a microphone legend: the U47. It's the perfect way to add some tube... Read more »

Focusrite VoiceMaster Pro Review

Today, musicians operating small studios in basements or garages make thousands of excellent recordings each year. The Focusrite VoiceMaster Pro directly addresses this growing market with affordable pricing... Read more »

PreSonus Central Station Review

Having recently added a Central Station to my studio, I was specifically interested to see if it would replace the need for the master section of my Mackie 24/8 console. The short answer is yes - I am actually... Read more »

Empirical Labs Fatso Jr. Review

I love analog sound. I'm a guitar player, and I love all those old grungy-sounding pedals. I love the whallop of John Bonham's kick drum fed through tube recording equipment. I love the "give" of analog tape when... Read more »

Empirical Labs Fatso Jr. Review

Does anybody remember the first Boston record? The one that, until Hootie and the Blowfish's Cracked Rear View was released, was the best selling debut album in history? Remember that hyper-engineered Boston analog... Read more »

Apogee Big Ben Review

Apogee's Big Ben is an incredible addition to any professional digital recording studio. Anyone who is doing professional digital audio ranging from music, to foley and film should consider adding the Big Ben to... Read more »