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Recording Product Reviews

The Last Word in Monitor Control

You've spent thousands of dollars putting together the best studio you can, picking out the optimum converters, treating your room, and selecting multiple sets of quality studio monitors. Don't risk it all with a... Read more »

Hands On: Soundcraft Si Expression 2

Soundcraft's new Si Expression mixing consoles combine all the power of digital with the usability and functionality of analog. I received a 24-channel Si Expression 2 for this "Hands On" article - Soundcraft also... Read more »

Hands On: Native Instruments Komplete 9 Ultimate

Where to start talking about the incredible Native Instruments Komplete 9 Ultimate? With 65 instruments and effects, over 16,000 sounds, and over 370 gigabytes of samples and content, Komplete 9 Ultimate truly... Read more »

Hands On: JBL LSR305 and LSR308

On a budget? (Who isn’t?) Looking for great monitors for your studio?? (Again, who isn’t?) Then you definitely need to turn your attention to the new LSR305 and LSR308 monitors from JBL. The JBL LSR family of... Read more »

Hands On: Nektar Panorama P1

Nektar is well known for their controller keyboards, which feature tight integration with software — in particular, the Panorama family is tightly dialed in to control Propellerhead Reason. (See sidebar at right for... Read more »

Hands On: Propellerhead Software Reason 7

With version 7, the Propellerheads have really kicked it up for Reason lovers and for those looking for a highly intuitive music creation program. Reason 7 maintains all of the cool features — the usability, the... Read more »

HANDS ON: Antelope Audio Orion 32

Just how much audio I/O for your computer can you cram into a single rackspace? If you're Antelope Audio, the answer is 32 inputs and 32 outputs with the groundbreaking new Orion 32 audio interface for Mac and PC!... Read more »

Hands On: Radial Engineering FireFly

Looking for the ultimate direct-instrument interface? Whether "ultimate" means sound quality or functionality, you must check out the Radial Firefly. The Firefly just may be the most full-featured direct box I've... Read more »

Hands On: Pauly Ton Pauly Superscreen

The pop filter isn’t something most of us devote much thought to — heck, some panty hose stretched over a coat hanger might do the job, right? Well, Pauly Ton believes it’s time to change your thinking! The Pauly... Read more »

Hands On: Rupert Neve Designs 500 Series

Watching the studio-gear paradigm progress has been interesting. Years ago, of course, everything was analog. Then the digital era hit, and many of us switched to completely in-the-box systems for the advantages... Read more »

Hands On Review: Dynaudio DBM50

The funny thing about desktop monitors is that they’re rarely set up so that the speaker drivers actually aim up at you. You’re forced to use some sort of wedge-shaped base under them or to prop them up to get your... Read more »

Hands On Review: Apogee Quartet

Apogee has long been known for making top-quality AD/DA converters and audio interfaces. Now they’ve unveiled a new interface, aimed squarely at those who need several simultaneous inputs, want to control multiple... Read more »

Hands On Review: Dangerous Music Source

When you’re working on a recording — whether you’re tracking, editing, mixing, or mastering — monitoring is everything. If you can’t accurately hear what you’re doing, you can’t make decisions about mic placement... Read more »

Hands On Review: Focusrite Forte and iTrack Solo

If you’re looking to get great-sounding audio in and out of your computer or iOS device, then you must take a look at two new offerings from Focusrite: Forte and iTrack Solo. iTrack Solo is one of the first audio... Read more »

Audio-Technica Pro 37 Review

When I first got my Audio Technica Pro37 my first thought was, "How is something this small supposed to be so useful?!" I had read review after review of these, from Steve Albini claiming these were among the best... Read more »

Akai Professional SynthStation25 Review

I bought the Akai Professional SynthStation25 out of pure curiosity. I saw that the SynthStation25 was a very inexpensive iOS synthesizer, and I was not sure what to expect as I arrived home and had a chance to dive... Read more »

JamHub Review

Let me be perfectly clear: The JamHub is not just another musical tool; it is a key ingredient for a more enjoyable quality of life. Bold statement? Yes it is; but for me (family activities aside), I find that... Read more »

Hands On Review: sE Electronics Egg 150

Studio monitor design is an exercise in compromise, since there are so many variables. One example is the cabinet that houses the monitor. The materials that comprise the cabinet make a difference, and the physical... Read more »

Hands On Review: MOTU Track16

A lot of different audio interfaces make their way through my studio, and they all have great features and capabilities to recommend them. But I’ve always found MOTU’s interfaces to be among my favorites for their... Read more »

iOS Update: Apogee MiC & WaveMachine Labs Auria

The further I venture into the world of iOS, the more I am amazed at what we, as musicians, engineers, composers, DJs, and songwriters can do with our iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads! This time around, I’ve got two... Read more »

Hands On Review: Propellerhead Balance and Reason 6.5

With Reason 6, the Propellerhead Software turned their super-popular music creation software into a full-featured DAW with integrated multitrack recording capabilities and a powerful built-in mixer that emulates a... Read more »

Hands On Review: RJM Music Technology Tone Saver

Maintaining your guitar tone in the face of the harsh environment of a loaded pedalboard and long cable runs can be a challenge. While one long cable may not trash your sound, and one pedal — even a poorly designed... Read more »

Hands On Review: Radial Engineering Workhorse Cube

The 500 Series format for mic preamps and audio processors has exploded in popularity — and for good reason! The 500 Series allows you to mix and match together small hardware modules from various manufacturers into... Read more »

Hands On Review: Joemeek Q2 Series

I’ve always tried to live my audio life by Joe Meek’s ca 1964 motto: “If it sounds right, it is right.” Words to live by, indeed, in this time when we have so many options and different ways of creating music and... Read more »