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Recording Product Reviews

JazzKat JazzKat 8″ Review

OK! I first got turned onto this amp by Ulf Wakenius, the guitar player for my friend, the late great Oscar Peterson. Then, another guitar friend and gear guru, Bob Gore (former clinician with Joe Pass and now... Read more »


As a guitarist, there is a truism I live by: you can never have too many effects processors and pedals. The problem is dealing with all those boxes, power supplies, and little cables. Like many of you, I've... Read more »

Dangerous Music D-Box Review

Since the dawn of DAW standalone consoles and programs, the recording world has been shaken and rocked in many different ways! In the earlier days of recording sound equipment could cost anywhere from $20,000 to... Read more »

Korg microKORG Review

One of the main things that attracted me to the microKORG was that it wasn't as intimidating as the giant keyboard workstations with more functions than I have time or patience to learn. For I am by no means a... Read more »

Chandler Limited TG12345 Curve Bender Review

The Chandler Limited series of processing equipment has done the seemingly impossible. Wade Goeke, founder of Chandler Limited, in partnership with EMI Studios in London, has released a line of outboard EQs... Read more »

Korg M3 61 Review

The Korg M3 can be a little intimidating when first viewed. There were so many sliders, buttons, and other controllers that I didn't really know where to start after I got it set up. This hesitation quickly... Read more »

TASCAM DR-1 Review

To say that the TASCAM DR-1 is intimidating would be a bit of an overstatement. But my immediate thought, upon opening the box, was why do I need so many functions for a simple portable recorder? If I'm going to be... Read more »

Line 6 LowDown HD750 Review

There have been many great bass amps over the years to fill a variety of niches in the various genres of grooving. Any connoisseur of such amps will remember the late '60s Ampeg B-15, the Marshall Super bass, the... Read more »

AKG C 1000 S Review

Back in 2003, I was looking for a microphone to use for recording classical nylon string guitar in my home project studio. I had already tried a few mics with less than stellar results, so I asked a trusted friend... Read more »

Korg padKONTROL Review

I was lucky enough to be one of the first people to receive the Korg padKONTROL a couple of years ago and it still blows me away every time I use it. The included librarian software makes the set-up a breeze and the... Read more »

E-MU 1616 PCI Review

I do the majority of my production work on a laptop, either in a coffee shop or at another producer's house. Even when I am home I don't like to feel tethered to my desk. Enter the E-MU 1616! This interface offers... Read more »

Apple Logic Studio Review

Since the advent of the digital audio workstation (DAW), software manufacturers have raced to try to come up with the ultimate music and audio production tool. As technology and hardware get faster and faster, so... Read more »

Novation XioSynth 25 Review

I have to admit that as a bass player I am intimidated by keyboards. I'm overwhelmed by all those menus and buttons. So it was with some trepidation that I decided to take a weekend to get to know the XioSynth 25... Read more »

Peavey Classic 50/410 Review

When I first heard one of Peavey's Classic series amps, I was blown away. I was at an old friend's house and he had just gotten two new guitars and wanted to show them off. I hadn't seen him in a while, so I had no... Read more »

Korg ZERO8 Review

The ZERO8 has looked intriguing, to say the least, since it was announced last year. It seemed, with good reason, to be the be-all-end-all electronic musician's mixer. Only recently did I get the chance to really... Read more »

Roland RMP-5 Rhythm Coach Review

First of all, I am a recording engineer, not a drummer. So I picked the RMP-5 knowing I had no internal groove. Ideal customer for this, right? Turns out, yes. As I unpacked the trainer I noticed there was no power... Read more »

Roland VP-550 Review

The Roland VP-550 is a product without peer in the realm of harmony processing gear. There are a multitude of boxes out there that can auto-harmonize with your voice based on what chords you play on either a guitar... Read more »

Royer R-121 Review

Ten years ago, most people, myself included, knew two things about ribbon microphones. First, they provide wonderfully detailed sound. Second, they're too fragile to be a viable option for my studio. Enter David... Read more »

Roland CUBE-100 Bass Review

As a professional bass player for the last nine years, I have been on a continuous quest for the ultimate balance between power and portability in my bass rig. The first time I saw the CUBE-100 Bass, I thought to... Read more »

Audix OM-5 Review

A few years ago I decided to upgrade the mics our band was using for vocals in my PA setup, and, due to comments I had read in a magazine whose reviews I trust, I bought three Audix OM-5 hypercardioid dynamic mics... Read more »

Rode NTK Review

When I first purchased the Rode NTK "Class A" tube condenser microphone back in July of 2003, I was living in the lower east side of Manhattan, and my main objective at the time was simply to purchase a condenser... Read more »

Roland MT-90U Review

I was intrigued by the unique nature of this product, which at first glance appears to be a portable boom box. However, beneath the surface lies a powerful teaching tool, which makes learning songs both fun and... Read more »

DigiTech Vocalist Live 4 Review

Although I am a regionally gigging musician, I was apprehensive about jumping in to the Vocalist Live 4. I knew, just by minimally researching on the Internet, that the VL4 was far beyond the standard vocal harmony... Read more »

Groove Tubes GT50 Review

I've been using the GT50 for the last three years, and I have yet to be anything but amazed by the depth and versatility of this microphone. Groove Tubes has designed and delivered a seriously solid microphone at an... Read more »