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Microphone Month 2

Aphex USB 500 Rack Reviews

4.5 stars based on 3 customer reviews
  • from New york March 28, 2014

    Amazing..easy to setup

    Love this usb rack. Easy to bring in series 500 gear into your mixes. Sounds great.

  • from Boston MA January 15, 2014

    Aphex 500 USB - Super Cool - Worth Every Penny

    This rack/interface is an awesome and unique unit. I waited over a year for this since I first heard about it and I am glad I did! The features on this make it extremely usable for many applications. Also, it is build like a tank. Very solid and stylish

    I'd highly recommend it for anyone looking for a new interface or a new 500 rack. Extremely portable and great for a mobile engineer or someone just getting their feet wet in the 500 series.

    Also, glad that I got mine through Sweetwater as their customer service is fantastic and comes free with any purchase.

  • from Roslindale, MA February 26, 2014Music Background:
    musician and engineer

    great way to change up your setup and get your audio into your daw.

    this is a great unit to experiment with preamp/eq/dynamics options without being beholden to one manufacturers products. 4 slots may not be enough for some people, but for simple tracking on location outside of a studio or even in a home setup, i think it's perfect... with a few minor exceptions.
    the unit i received came well packaged and with clear enough literature to describe how it can be used and other possible uses as well. oddly, mine did not come with mounting screws for the individual modules. i contacted my sales rep and he said he would look into it, but i didn't hear anything, so i just wrote directly to aphex and instantly, jace contacted me and said he'd send out a package of screws to me that day (which he did... way to go aphex c.s.!).

    set up with protools 11 was easy, with one exception... routing outputs for monitoring. for some people, your standard monitoring may be speakers and for others, headphones. i'm usually using headphones, especially to overdub and to mix, but unless you create a headphone aux channel, you have to keep changing your outputs to reflect what you want to hear it on. in most situations, that isn't a problem, as it's pretty easy to do in protools, but it is a little bit of a nuisance. it would be nice to somehow have the headphone outputs reflect the main outs, unless you were looking to create a different mix all together, in which case an aux channel would be the way to go. just remember to reset your outputs from headphones to main for any mixes you do!

    i was slightly worried about how this would interface with protools 11, but other than the earlier comment, it was smooth. the converters seem to be better than those on my old mbox2 and having the option to switch out modules is a real boon for me.

    having the ability to switch the modules function via back panel switches is also a great feature. allowing you to link modules or use them to feed your stems through for further enhancement, depending on what you have loaded in there.

    i'm currently using 4 preamps in mine, but i could see myself switching them out when necessary to install compressors or eq's. either to make a single channel strip or something like that.

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