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Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre and Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic

Looking to add more inputs to your DAW or digital mixer? Need more mic preamps for a drum kit, a full band recording, or so that you can leave everything plugged in and ready to go? Then you need to check out the... Read more »

Mid-Side Miking

Mid-Side Miking A rather underutilized approach to stereo miking is MS, which stands for 'mid-side'. It is an interesting approach, since correctly done, MS will give a variable width stereo image that is absolutely... Read more »

5 Ways To Improve Your Percussion Tracks

Every studio should have a bag of percussion toys somewhere around. That bag may only contain a tambourine and an egg shaker, or it may hold everything from bongos, triangles and rainsticks to finger cymbals and... Read more »

Make Sure Snare Mic Is In Phase With Overhead Tracks

Sometimes, you just can't seem to get your snare recordings to sound punchy. You do all the right processing in your DAW — compress the snare, EQ it to be snappy, but it still sounds lackluster. What you may... Read more »

Thicken Up Reverb Returns with Compression

Using an aux in your DAW as an input for a reverb is a tried-and-true mixing technique. It helps you separate the verb from the source material and lets you dial in exactly how much reverb you want. Sometimes... Read more »

How Do I Know If My Studio Needs Acoustic Treatment?

There are a few simple answers to this question: 1. If it's a room, then it needs acoustic treatment. Not to be flippant, but unless it's already treated, you can assume that pretty much any room being used as a... Read more »

Don’t Skimp On Interface Quality

It's fun to spend most of your budget on "sexy" pieces of gear — guitars, synths, amps, pedals, and so on; basically, the items that you can use directly to make sound and look awesome doing it! But don't... Read more »

Native Instruments Updates MASCHINE and TRAKTOR

Native Instruments have released MASCHINE 2.5.5 and TRAKTOR 2.11 with Ableton Link support. Connecting two or more systems via Ableton Link gives users the ability to synchronize all systems to a common timeline and... Read more »

FabFilter Plug-in Updates

FabFilter has released updates for their entire plug-in line. The updates fix the following issues: Fixed issues with macOS Sierra on the new MacBook Pro (Late 2016) with Touch Bar, which could cause the host to... Read more »

PreSonus FaderPort 8 Control Surface Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npkRFY9nM4g Mitch Gallagher presents the PreSonus FaderPort 8 mixing control surface. This 8-fader control surface features 100mm motorized, touch-sensitive faders that handle... Read more »

Native Instruments Updates Reaktor with Ableton Link Support

Native Instruments has released Reaktor 6.1, which includes Ableton Link support. This offers hassle-free timing sync across multiple devices and apps, including MASCHINE, TRAKTOR, iOS apps, and Ableton Live. The... Read more »

Cakewalk Releases SONAR 2016.12 Update

Cakewalk ends 2016 with a final update to SONAR Platinum, SONAR Professional, and SONAR Artist. In addition to numerous bug fixes and tweaks, the SONAR 2016.12 update features the following enhancements: The Notes... Read more »

Plugin Alliance All Bundle now macOS Sierra 10.12 compatible

Plugin Alliance has released version 4.4.1 of the All Bundle, which updates all 73 plugins for full macOS Sierra compatibility, supporting Mac OS versions 10.8 through 10.12. In addition to macOS Sierra support... Read more »

Avid Releases Pro Tools 12.7

We posted a teaser back on December 8 about the upcoming release of the next version of Pro Tools, and now the release date is here! Avid has unveiled Pro Tools 12.7, which includes a variety of new features... Read more »

PreSonus Releases Notion 6.1

PreSonus has updated Notion, their notation software application, to version 6.1. In addition to dozens of bug fixes, the new update includes: New keyboard workflowsEnter notes and chords with QWERTY keyboard in... Read more »

On-Stage Stands MBS5000 Professional Broadcast Mic Boom

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBBYYq_lZOs Jeremy Payne from On-Stage Stands presents the MBS5000 Professional Broadcast Mic Boom. If you're a broadcaster or voice artist, the last thing you need is a tripod stand... Read more »

On-Stage Stands MS9210 & MS9212 Round Base Mic Stands

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGvPgOsahM4 Jeremy Payne from On-Stage Stands presents two of their Professional Series round-base mic stands: the MS9210 and the MS9212. If you're a fan of the On-Stage Stands 7000... Read more »

Grace Design m108 Audio Interface Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7rt9dzMALU Mitch Gallagher presents the Grace Design m108 mic preamp and audio interface, with help from Don Carr on guitar. Combining all the functionality modern sound engineers... Read more »

FabFilter Pro-R Reverb Plug-in Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lm5HE3u5ueY Mitch Gallagher presents the FabFilter Pro-R Reverb plug-in. It's an incredibly realistic-sounding reverb plug-in that lets your tracks sit beautifully in the mix without... Read more »

How to Automate EQ to Enhance Presence in a Mix

Here's a mixing tip that can not only help you keep a track "in the pocket," but that can have subtle and interesting textural effects as well. Procede with your mix, as you normally would. First, get the level of a... Read more »

Can I Use Unbalanced Cables with Balanced Equipment?

You can — with some caveats. The advantage of using balanced cables to connect between balanced outputs and balanced inputs is that balanced connections have better noise rejection, thanks to a second... Read more »

UVI Releases World Suite

UVI has gone around the world in search of exotic instruments representing thousands of years of musical culture — and put it all into an amazing sampled virtual instrument called "World Suite." Comprising... Read more »

Kush Plug-ins Updated

Kush has released bugfix updates for Pusher, Clariphonic DSP mkII, and Electra DSP. In all of them, an issue that could cause authorization errors and prevent the plug-in from running under subscription licenses has... Read more »

Bitwig Studio Update Features MASCHINE JAM Integration

Bitwig has updated Bitwig Studio to version 1.3.15. The flagship new feature of this update is support for the Native Instruments MASCHINE JAM hardware controller. The update also includes numerous enhancements to... Read more »