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Recording Product Reviews

M-Audio Torq Xponent Review

When I first sat down with the Xponent, I was stunned at how well the layout mimics the 1s and 2s of a 2-channel mixer and two vinyl decks. Everything you would typically find on a vinyl DJ setup is set out in a... Read more »

PreSonus Central Station Review

For a project studio owner like myself, it means a lot to take care of many different needs with a compact one-rackspace unit, especially when it doesn't cost an arm and a leg. These type of products are usually few... Read more »

Apogee Ensemble Review

I looked at the Ensemble the same way I looked at Apple's Mighty Mouse. It looked cool, but had few "normal" features. The front panel only had two knobs and a power button. But, just like my first experience with... Read more »

HANDS ON: Korg MR-2000S

Here in the early 21st century, the digital audio world has settled into leading pretty much a PCM life. And, hey, PCM (Pulse Code Modulation) works perfectly well for most of our purposes. But, there are other... Read more »

HANDS ON: Universal Audio UAD-2

Today's computers are capable of cranking out some serious horsepower - a state-of-the-art Mac or Windows machine can run a ton of tracks and a pile of real-time plug-ins. But, even the most cutting-edge computer... Read more »

HANDS ON: Direct Sound EX-29 Extreme Isolation Headphones

It's a tough problem: you need headphones to track and to monitor, but they rarely seal tightly enough to really seal out outside sound, and because of that, sounds from inside the phones, such as click tracks, can... Read more »

HANDS ON: Focal Twin6 Be and Solo6 Be

I'd like to start this article with a very important piece of news: the monitors you use are essential to the quality of audio your studio produces. Yes, it's true! In all seriousness, it is true! There's no way you... Read more »

Korg Electribe-SX Review

Combining real-time pattern writing, sampling, and effects, the Korg ESX1 will find its place nicely in any DJ's club or studio rig. This unit was designed to be hands on and easy to manipulate. The ESX1 is equipped... Read more »

REVIEW: Audix CabGrabber

Miking up a guitar amp or cabinet isn't excruciatingly difficult, but there are the hassles of dealing with a mic stand and quickly getting the mic placed where you want it. Now, those hassles are a thing of the... Read more »

REVIEW: Line 6 Spider IV

I've been using Line 6 gear since the company opened its doors. From the original POD to a POD Pro, from Amp Farm to Echo Farm, and finally to my current M13 (which I absolutely love as a grab-it-and-go pedalboard)... Read more »

Digidesign Mbox 2 Review

This unit was very easy to setup and start using. The instruction manual is well written and easy to follow. Each step is laid out for you, to include optimizing your host computer system for the best audio... Read more »

REVIEW: Fender ’57 Champ

Just how many watts does an amp need to crank out the sound you want? And how many controls does it need to produce truly great tone? If the amp you're talking about is the Fender '57 Champ, then the answer is just... Read more »

REVIEW: Fender ’57 Champ

Just how many watts does an amp need to crank out the sound you want? And how many controls does it need to produce truly great tone? If the amp you're talking about is the Fender '57 Champ, then the answer is just... Read more »

REVIEW: IK Multimedia StealthPedal

  You're a guitar player, right? If you wanted to be a recording engineer, then you'd be one! But being a guitar player doesn't mean you don't want to make great recordings of your music. So, wouldn't it be... Read more »

REVIEW: Peavey Vypyr 120

Having built both highly successful tube and solid-state guitar amps, Peavey is uniquely positioned to translate their years of experience into the modeled-amp world. How many years? Let's just say that my first... Read more »

Neumann KM 184 Review

A first physical encounter of the KM 184 can be deceiving. It's a small and lightweight microphone, unlike its sound. Based on the legendary KM 84 from 30+ years ago, the KM184 continues the legacy of Neumann's... Read more »

HANDS ON: Creation Station 2009

Sweetwater's Creation Station computers have offered tremendous performance for recording studios, musicians, and composers for many years now. The Creation Station line of computers combines the service and support... Read more »

Yamaha MOTIF-RACK XS Review

The emergence of the "refined" keyboard workstation in the late 1990s opened up a whole new set of doors for musicians everywhere. Not only was the sound quality impeccable, but the multi-voicing and sequencing... Read more »

Line 6 POD X3 Live Review

I have to admit that I was a little bit skeptical about modeling. I mean, how could digital anything sound as good as plugging into a Marshall, Vox, Fender (insert your favorite here), amp. Plus, this claim about... Read more »

PreSonus FaderPort Review

I've wanted a control surface for my Pro Tools system for quite a few years now, but could never afford a full 8-fader bankable control surface like the Command 8 or a Digi 002/003 Factory system. However, my... Read more »

M-Audio Fast Track Pro Review

As an audio engineer having worked on various large-format consoles from the NeoTek Elite, to an SSL, I knew I couldn't afford to purchase one for myself. So when I first received the Fast Track Pro I was skeptical... Read more »

M-Audio Studiophile BX8a Deluxe Review

I've used this product for quite some time now in my own home project studio running with Pro Tools, and as the main outputs of my entire computer, through the DigiCore Audio driver, so these monitors have been... Read more »

TC-Helicon VoiceTone Create Review

After discovering the VoiceTone Create, all I could think about was how I had never thought of it before. Guitarists have been using effects to push the limits for years and years, but I've never seen a vocalist... Read more »

True Systems P-SOLO Review

I have a very successful friend in the voiceover industry who swears by the TRUE Systems P-Solo. So when I brought one home, high hopes came with it. Having worked with this friend on a professional level for quite... Read more »