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Microphone Month 5

Recording Product Reviews

Korg RADIAS Review

The Korg Radias was definitely an experience from start to finish. Right out of the box I was blown away by the look and style of this unit before even getting it all set up. Matched with the versatility, the sound... Read more »

Sony PCM-D1 Review

One of the first things I noticed about the PCM-D1 was how solid it is. This machine is built to last! Its body is made of 1mm thick, pure titanium, and the surface is scratch-resistant (which put my mind at ease... Read more »

PreSonus Central Station Review

Like most people with a DAW I was in great need of a way to switch between studio monitors, and set up a headphone monitoring and talkback system. I also needed a stereo pair of meters that could display analog and... Read more »

Manley VOXBOX Review

I could see through the fine meshwork on the top of the Manley VoxBox that there was some powerful stuff under the hood. As I pulled it out I felt like a Navy Seal setting up a secret electronics weapon station. I... Read more »

MOTU Traveler Review

The blue glossy Traveler box showed up at my door on a cold Alaskan evening in 2005. The warm glow of the gold-covered connections and the banks of I/O stole my heart and then immediately started pleading with me to... Read more »

Korg Electribe-MX Review

The EMX-1 is a new drum machine/synthesizer workstation combo from the folks at Korg. It places a great sequencer, five mono synths, three effects, and a full-on drum machine all in a small intuitive box. First and... Read more »

FreeHand Systems MusicPad Pro Plus Review

From the moment I turned the Music Pad Pro on I kept thinking of situations I have been in that I wish I had one. In the studio, classroom situations, live performances, or practicing at home, the Music Pad Pro... Read more »

Dave Smith Instruments Poly Evolver Keyboard Review

When I first got the Poly Evolver Keyboard I couldn't wait to open it up. I set it up and just couldn't help myself, I could not have it set up and then sit there and read the manual. I had to start playing around... Read more »

Yamaha Motif ES8 Review

I have played just about every kind of professional keyboard out there at one time or another, so I can say with confidence what an amazing music production synthesizer the Yamaha Motif ES8 really is. The ES8 is my... Read more »

Line 6 Bass PODxt Review

I recently got my hands on the Bass PODxt by Line 6. I have to admit, I didn't really think I would get into an amp modeler - the idea is great, but I had bad luck with unrealistic modelers in the past. Even with my... Read more »

Ableton Live 6 Review

Ableton Live offers a fun and exciting way to create, edit, and mix your music. A few features such as realtime effects control, beat matching, and the ability to use it effectively on stage as well as in the studio... Read more »

Groove Tubes GT50 Review

Groove Tubes is one of pro audio's best-kept secrets - one I'm happy to let out of the bag. They've been around for nearly 30 years, but their name doesn't immediately leap to mind when you start talking about... Read more »

Novation X-Station 49 Review

This was my first venture into the world of synths and I have to say, I am sold. The X-Station has got one of the best out-of-the-box experiences I've ever had with ANY piece of gear. Just plug it in, turn it on... Read more »

Native Instruments Guitar Rig 2 Review

When I first heard about Guitar Rig a couple of years ago, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. As a guitar player, having the option of eight of my personal favorite amps along with the ability to customize... Read more »

Focusrite VoiceMaster Pro Review

There are so many "all-in-one" channel strips and interfaces on the market today that things are starting to get clouded. The VoiceMaster Pro really stands out above the crowd. It's been an integral part of my... Read more »

Rode NT2000 Review

I found the NT2000 to be an extremely versatile microphone. I was curious about the variable polar pattern option found on this mic. I wanted to really test the capabilities of that option so I set the mic up in an... Read more »

AKAI MPC1000 Review

The MPC1000 is really the first drum machine/sampler I've really sat down with and gotten to know. I took it home and tried to forget everything I know about audio and recording. I wanted to approach it with the... Read more »

Roland MC-808 Review

Have you ever wanted to make world-class, block-rockin' hip hop and electronica beats? Well, I have, and to that end, I got my hands on the Roland MC-808. To say that I was impressed with my initial testing of the... Read more »

Boss AD-8 Review

Let's face it, live acoustic guitarists have often suffered from less-than-stellar sounds from the pickups in their guitars. If it were possible, I would want to play my Martin through a microphone every time. I... Read more »

Moog Minimoog Voyager Rack Mount Edition Review

I felt like a kid at Christmas, staring into the box and seeing the toy of my dreams looking back up at me. A once-over glance at the big widely spaced knobs and I was at home with the Moog Minimoog Voyager Rack... Read more »

TASCAM FW-1884 Review

The TASCAM FW-1884 has everything you need to get your best ideas into your computer, and it does it easily. There's plenty of inputs and outputs that will give you more flexibility than you'll find on other... Read more »

Boss GT-6B Review

BOSS has long had a reputation for great effects, from their Compact pedal line to their Twin pedals and on up the chain, and the BOSS GT-6B Bass effects and amp modeling pedalboard is no exception. Any bassist... Read more »

Universal Audio SOLO/110 Review

Universal Audio's involvement in the professional audio business goes back a long way - the original company's products date back to Bill Putnam Sr.'s groundbreaking designs back in the 1950s. Now Universal Audio... Read more »

Universal Audio SOLO/610 Review

Universal Audio's involvement in the professional audio business goes back a long way - the original company's products date back to Bill Putnam Sr.'s groundbreaking designs back in the 1950s. Now Universal Audio... Read more »