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Microphone Month 2

Recording Product Reviews

Hands On Review: iZotope Iris

Virtual synthesizers have opened up an amazing world of new possibilities to musicians. Case in point: iZotope’s revolutionary Iris virtual instrument — you’ve never seen (or heard) a synth like this before! What... Read more »

Hands On Review: Apogee Symphony I/O

For maximum audio quality with a computer-based audio system, you’ve got to get the sound into and out of the digital domain with maximum precision. And that’s something that Apogee Digital knows a lot about —... Read more »

Hands On Review: Universal Audio Apollo

At the annual Winter NAMM trade show, there are always a few products that become the “buzz of the show.” This year, that honor goes to Universal Audio, with their super-exciting new Apollo audio interface. Apollo... Read more »

Roland Octa-Capture Review

Roland is not the first company that comes to mind when considering interfaces, so I was naturally hesitant when told to check out the Octa-Capture. After spending a decent period of time with it, however, my... Read more »

Hands On Review: elysia xpressor

The elysia xpressor is a stereo compressor — but calling it a “stereo compressor” is selling this box way short! The xpressor can handle just about any dynamics control task you throw its way. It features discrete... Read more »

MOTU HD192 Core PCI-e System Review

Seriously? Yep, some real bang for your buck. MOTU landed this piece in the sea of interfaces with great finesse! This isn't the new guy on the block either. While MOTU's HD 192 has been around for a little while... Read more »

Manley Variable Mu Review

The Manley VariMu is an American success! It's hand-built right here on U.S. soil, and sought after the world over. When handling the unit, you can immediately tell it was built and intended to last to give you... Read more »

Hands On Review: Steven Slate Drums 4.0 Platinum

I’ve been a fan of Steven Slate’s virtual drums for several years, for a number of reasons, the biggest being that the drums are preprocessed and ready to drop right into your mix. Slate has used his years of... Read more »

Hands On Review: Focusrite Scarlett 2i2

Looking for a portable audio interface for your Mac or PC, one that sounds great but won't break the bank? If so, then you've got to check out the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2. The latest member of the Scarlett interface... Read more »

Hands On Review: Toontrack EZkeys

For many musicians, the piano is the ultimate instrument for writing songs and composing. But what if you don’t have the keyboard chops to really play the parts you want to hear? Toontrack has the answer with... Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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: 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: 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: 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: 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 »

Hands On Review: Propellerhead Reason 6

There’s no software quite like Reason. For years, it’s been a total synth/sample/loop workstation with sequencing, mixing, and effects processing — all with amazingly flexible routing options using virtual patch... Read more »

Hands On Review: FXpansion Geist

Producing beats? If so, you need Geist! FXpansion introduced this software at the Winter NAMM show last January, and since then it has become one of the go-to tools for those who need to get down and dirty with... Read more »