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Recording Product Reviews

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 »

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 »

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 »

AKG Perception 420 Review

My first experience with the Perception series microphones was with the 200 model. I was so impressed with its performance on a live recording that I decided I needed to get one for my own use. Of course, I decided... Read more »

Digidesign Mbox 2 Mini Review

Looking for a portable Pro Tools solution? The Mbox 2 Mini is the answer! I had been looking for a way to get Pro Tools in a small format for quite some time. I have been using Pro Tools for many years and have been... Read more »

Digidesign Mbox 2 Pro Review

The Mbox 2 Pro is super versatile! With this smart interface I can take Pro Tools basically anywhere and be able to record, edit, and even mix whenever inspiration strikes. The Mbox 2 Pro fits in my laptop bag! My... Read more »

Line 6 PODxt Review

Line 6's PODxt recreates the entire signal chain of a monster guitar recording rig by modeling much sought-after guitar pedals, amps, cabinets, and mics. You just mix, match, and tweak to create your own personal... Read more »

Line 6 Spider Jam Review

When I took the Spider Jam home and plugged in my Strat, I was surprised to discover the versatility that this amp offered. I quickly began scanning the built-in backing tracks and found a nice blues groove to jam... Read more »

Yamaha MOTIF-RACK XS Review

Simplicity and flexibility without compromise. This MOTIF-RACK XS comes loaded with plenty of presets and is absolutely ready to rock out of the box. The quick category search feature is absolutely genius! You can... Read more »


In order to progress and improve as a guitarist, you have to practice. Sure, we all know that! But the problem for many of us is time - we're all so busy that finding time to practice can be challenging. It follows... Read more »

HANDS ON: Flux Plug-ins

Do you really need another dynamics processor or EQ for your DAW? If you're looking for plug-ins that go one step beyond - or maybe even many steps beyond - then the first part of the answer is yes! And the second... Read more »

HANDS ON: Timbral Research Impulsive

Wouldn't you love to have a rack full of the best vintage and modern reverb processors? We all would! And since most of us can't, we often turn to convolution reverb, which utilizes a "sample" (called an "impulse... Read more »


As a musician, you need a metronome. It's a fact of life. Personally, I've had a simple, basic metronome that I picked up years ago while I was in grad school studying music composition, with classical guitar as my... Read more »

Yamaha MO6 Review

The MO6 is a full scale workstation with the versatility to be used as a stand-alone sequencer, live keyboard, or an addition to a computer based system. The first thing that caught my attention when I opened the... Read more »

Apogee Big Ben Review

Being a self labeled gearhead, it's not uncommon for me to add new pieces of gear to my collection every month or week depending on my current "need." After acquiring many different digital pieces in my arsenal I... Read more »

Digidesign Mbox 2 Factory Bundle Review

Today with all the different DAW options out there it can quickly become difficult to decide which one is right for you. Digidesign has made this choice much easier. Pro Tools 8 LE or M-Powered with an interface are... Read more »

Mojave Audio MA-100 Review

It doesn't matter what you put the MA-100 on, it sounds great, and from the first time you open the sleek silver case, you'll realize that the investment that you've made in the microphone will pay for itself over... Read more »