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Recording Product Reviews

TASCAM DR-1 Review

I started my journey with the DR-1 by reading the instruction manual for about ten minutes. Since I am a "hands-on" person, I tried to navigate through the DR-1 as instructed by the manual. I found out very quickly... Read more »

Korg Electribe-MX Review

What is it that makes the Electribe-MX super-cool? Two words: Instant Gratification. You don't have to read the manual to be up and running immediately with this. Plug it in, turn it on, and instantly you have... Read more »

Zoom H4 Handy Recorder Review

I was sitting in our city's largest mall looking to record the mall's ambience for a small project I was working on. It was my third attempt. Each time before the recordings seemed quiet and inaccurate. This time it... Read more »

Roland SonicCell Review

The Roland SonicCell is deceptively simple looking, with its nine buttons and jog wheel. Once I began exploring the menus, I realized I would have to spend some time with the manual. The unit utilizes two basic... Read more »

Earthworks QTC40 Matched Pair Review

During a recent tracking session, I was looking for a microphone that would capture an acoustic guitar in an extremely natural and uncolored way. A friend of mine strongly recommended that I try out the Earthworks... Read more »

Roland SP-555 Review

I have to admit, the SP-555 isn't the type of technology that I know much about. Upon getting it home, I was a little intimidated at first by all the flashing lights and glowing buttons. I am like a lot of consumers... Read more »

PreSonus FaderPort Review

Having used the mouse and keyboard to mix for as long as I can remember, I began to feel that it was time to take the next step to a control surface. However, I didn't feel quite ready to jump into a larger scale... Read more »

Numark CD MIX-2 Review

The Numark CD MIX-2 is a handy piece of gear. When I took it out of the box, I was surprised at how light it was. Setup was crazy simple, too. All I had to do was plug in the power adapter that it came with and plug... Read more »

MOTU 896HD Review

Recently, I recorded an album for a ska band. I used the MOTU 896HD with a Creation Station Dual Core 2.6. I was amazed at the functionality of this interface. I started out with drums. After miking the drums, I... Read more »

Native Instruments Guitar Rig 2 Review

My first impression of Guitar Rig 2 was actually based on the Rig Kontrol itself. The thing is built like a tank. I lugged it out of the box and examined its capabilities. Inputs, outputs, USB, MIDI - this should be... Read more »

Zoom H4 Handy Recorder Review

The Zoom H4 Handy Recorder offers a portable recording solution with features that separate it from the other handheld recording devices available. First, the H4 can function as either a stereo or 4-track recorder... Read more »

Roland V-Synth GT Review

The V-Synth GT is Roland's groundbreaking synth unit. This synth packs a lot of power in a functional package. It's an incredible buy for synth enthusiasts, siding closely with the synth days of old. What's... Read more »

Boss Micro BR Review

I used the Micro BR the other day in an interesting way. I ran it through my car stereo while a band member drove us to a gig. I could have easily used headphones but doing it that way gave the band the ability to... Read more »

Beyerdynamic M130 & M160 Bundle Review

My first experience with the Beyerdynamic M-160 was while I was working at a studio in Ann Arbor, MI. A guitar player brought one in to try out on his Fender '65 Twin Reverb. We set up a shoot-out with the M-160... Read more »

Sound Devices 722 Review

Upon first opening the box, I instinctively knew how to use the 722 because it is laid out attractively and intuitively. The major features can be used immediately without any configuration. I plugged in a Shure... Read more »

Roland Fantom-XR Review

The Fantom-XR has so many features, I couldn't get through all of them in the amount of time that I had it! The digital I/O along with the built-in USB MIDI interface are definite benefits for the studio. The... Read more »

Universal Audio LA-610 Review

I use a traditional recording console for my recordings and I was pretty happy with the way everything sounded. My perception has definitely changed after experiencing the Universal Audio LA-610. It worked great for... Read more »

DigiTech JamMan Looper Review

Since I had never used a looper/phrase sampler of any type, I didn't know what I was in for when I first hooked the JamMan up. However, I found that I could read the quick start guide and know just about everything... Read more »

BLUE Blueberry Review

I recently had the privilege of reviewing this microphone on vocals and acoustic guitar. I was very impressed with the results. The signal chain, in my home studio, consisted of the Blueberry mic ---> Focusrite... Read more »

Zoom H4 Handy Recorder Review

Since I had never operated an H4 before, I didn't know exactly what I was in for. After first opening the box, I saw an owner's manual staring me in the face, and thinking, "What's the fun in that?" I gently placed... Read more »

Royer R-121 Review

I was taught that ribbon mics were for brass... "Nothing better on a square wave." Then came the 80s and 90s, and condensers became king. Brighter, edgier, raw... these were the hip adjectives. Warm? Fat?... Read more »

Line 6 GearBox Gold Bundle Review

I am so glad to see that Line 6 has released "their sound" into the plug-in world. This plug-in is great for reamping guitar, bass, and vocals. Instead of going through the process of miking multiple amps in the... Read more »

Boss GT-8 Review

As a guitarist and longtime fan of BOSS gear, I was very excited to get my hands on the BOSS GT-8 guitar multi-effects processor. What I was expecting was a great range of amp models, killer BOSS effects, and a... Read more »

Roland MC-808 Review

Being a guy who prefers computer sequencing and sampling I was a little apprehensive to try a pattern-based groove-box. But after a few minutes of playing with the Roland MC-808 I must say that not only was I... Read more »