Test Equipment

 

MXL DRUM PA-5K Mic Kit, MM-131 Mic Mate Mobile

Date: 07/02/2015

New 3-Piece Drum Mic Kit And XLR-To-USB Interface Products From MXL.  MORE


P&E Wing To Clarify Hi-Res

Date: 07/01/2015

The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing has embarked upon the creation of a series of Hi-Res Production Guidelines, clarifying the technology and techniques essential to producing high-resolution music.  MORE


Auralex Acoustics Sustain Bamboo Sound Diffusors: v2 Now Available

Date: 07/01/2015

Handmade, “Green” V2 Features Sharper Angles, Evolved Construction, New Models.  MORE


Can You Be Replaced by a Software Algorithm?

Date: 06/29/2015

For Decades, Mastering Was Considered An Arcane, Difficult Art Capable Of Being Mastered (Sorry About The Pun) Only By Those With Jedi-Level Skill Sets.  MORE


You Say You Want A Convolution

Date: 06/09/2015

Reverb Used To Be Simple: A Room With A Mic And A Speaker.  MORE


Trending At Frankfurt Musikmesse

Date: 06/04/2015

The Biggest News In Frankfurt Was The Messe Hierarchy Shakeup And Subsequent Schedule Changes.  MORE


Review: Manley Force 4-Channel Microphone Preamp

Date: 05/27/2015

Rob Tavaglione. No Surprises Here—This Preamp Is A Winner.  MORE


Review: Aphex Microphone X USB Cardioid Condenser Microphone

Date: 05/26/2015

At $199 Street, It’S A Useful, Flexible USB Sound Capture Tool.  MORE


Review: Sandhill 6011A Active Ribbon Microphone

Date: 05/19/2015

by Rob Tavaglione. Active ribbons are all the rage and for good reason: the inherent bi-directional quality of a figure-eight polar pattern, typically strong mids, and a pleasant top-end tempered with a touch of useful dynamic smoothing plus higher output, lower noise floor and the increased preamp flexibility of active electronics. If you don't have an active ribbon microphone (or preferably, a pair—Blumlein, anyone?), I'm afraid you're really missing out.  MORE


Review: Radial Engineering Firefly Tube Direct Box

Date: 05/19/2015

by Rob Tavaglione. It seems like there’s a lot of cool DI boxes around these days, often sporting tubes and advanced features. Leave it to British Columbia-based Radial Engineering—makers of some wildly popular direct-injection and inter-connecting boxes—to add its Firefly to the trend. And yes—the Firefly has a tube plus numerous other advanced features, most obviously a sporty, memorable handle that kind of looks like a lightning bug's wing.  MORE


PAR-Tube: Tozzoli's 3rd St. John Retreat, Vid 2

Date: 04/30/2015

Rich's Cohorts Take You On A Tour Of The Main House, "Studio A.”  MORE


The Big Ten

Date: 04/09/2015

Did you get your questionnaire from Apple and Microsoft about what audio/video-oriented features you wanted in their latest operating systems? Neither did I, so as usual, we cross our fingers that the next OS to which we upgrade will fix more things than it breaks.  MORE


Review: Harrison 32Cs Channel Strip

Date: 04/01/2015

By Rob Tavaglione. Heaps Of ‘70S Harrison Tonality Is Packed Into The 32Cs’S Overbuilt Chassis.  MORE


Review: Sunburst Gear MM Series Monitor

Date: 03/31/2015

By Strother Bullins. Elite Acoustics Designs’ Sunburst Gear M3BR8 could be the most useful multipurpose monitoring tool I’ve ever used. Is it a studio monitor, instrument monitor, sound reinforcement speaker, Bluetooth-ready portable DJ/KJ rig, remote-location battery powered portable PA, or a three-channel mixer with limited EQ? Actually, it’s all of those and more.  MORE


Avid CEO Talks Pro Tools 12, Expansion

Date: 03/20/2015

by Frank Wells. “As this industry changes, it impacts us just like it does an artist or a producer, a mixer, and our role as a member of the family, as the technology expert in the family, is to use our expertise to help move the family forward,” opined Louis Hernandez, Jr., Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Avid Technology, sitting down to talk to PSN during Winter NAMM 2015. NAMM saw the introduction of Avid Technology’s new flagship DAW, Pro Tools 12, with a basic companion DAW package, Pro Tools First. Pro Tools 12’s primary new features center on the Avid Everywhere concept, allowing access to music marketing and distribution tools, enabling collaboration and offering new software licensing models. Pro Tools First is a free software package, also conceived with collaboration in mind. Creating music “isn’t the whole problem anymore,” said Hernandez. “[The problem is] creating a way to sustain what you love doing. The tools have gotten simpler, but the environment’s  MORE


 

Test Equipment

 

MXL DRUM PA-5K Mic Kit, MM-131 Mic Mate Mobile

Date: 07/02/2015

New 3-Piece Drum Mic Kit And XLR-To-USB Interface Products From MXL.  MORE


Auralex Acoustics Sustain Bamboo Sound Diffusors: v2 Now Available

Date: 07/01/2015

Handmade, “Green” V2 Features Sharper Angles, Evolved Construction, New Models.  MORE


Review: Manley Force 4-Channel Microphone Preamp

Date: 05/27/2015

Rob Tavaglione. No Surprises Here—This Preamp Is A Winner.  MORE


Review: Aphex Microphone X USB Cardioid Condenser Microphone

Date: 05/26/2015

At $199 Street, It’S A Useful, Flexible USB Sound Capture Tool.  MORE


Review: Sandhill 6011A Active Ribbon Microphone

Date: 05/19/2015

by Rob Tavaglione. Active ribbons are all the rage and for good reason: the inherent bi-directional quality of a figure-eight polar pattern, typically strong mids, and a pleasant top-end tempered with a touch of useful dynamic smoothing plus higher output, lower noise floor and the increased preamp flexibility of active electronics. If you don't have an active ribbon microphone (or preferably, a pair—Blumlein, anyone?), I'm afraid you're really missing out.  MORE


Review: Radial Engineering Firefly Tube Direct Box

Date: 05/19/2015

by Rob Tavaglione. It seems like there’s a lot of cool DI boxes around these days, often sporting tubes and advanced features. Leave it to British Columbia-based Radial Engineering—makers of some wildly popular direct-injection and inter-connecting boxes—to add its Firefly to the trend. And yes—the Firefly has a tube plus numerous other advanced features, most obviously a sporty, memorable handle that kind of looks like a lightning bug's wing.  MORE


PAR-Tube: Tozzoli's 3rd St. John Retreat, Vid 2

Date: 04/30/2015

Rich's Cohorts Take You On A Tour Of The Main House, "Studio A.”  MORE


Review: Harrison 32Cs Channel Strip

Date: 04/01/2015

By Rob Tavaglione. Heaps Of ‘70S Harrison Tonality Is Packed Into The 32Cs’S Overbuilt Chassis.  MORE


Review: Sunburst Gear MM Series Monitor

Date: 03/31/2015

By Strother Bullins. Elite Acoustics Designs’ Sunburst Gear M3BR8 could be the most useful multipurpose monitoring tool I’ve ever used. Is it a studio monitor, instrument monitor, sound reinforcement speaker, Bluetooth-ready portable DJ/KJ rig, remote-location battery powered portable PA, or a three-channel mixer with limited EQ? Actually, it’s all of those and more.  MORE


Review: JBL and M-Audio—Superb Studio Monitors for $500/Pair

Date: 03/19/2015

M-Audio’S BX8 Carbons Arrived As I Reviewed JBL’S 3 Series Lsr308s, Both Priced At $249 Street. Here’S My Take On Both.  MORE


Review: Marshall IPTV Live Music Event Streaming System

Date: 03/10/2015

by Russ Long. Marshall’s small, highly configurable IPTV system allows a band to incorporate a multi-camera shoot with high-quality audio at an introductory price of only a few thousand dollars. After using the system to broadcast a live show by the Grammy-nominated band The Choir, I’m sold.  MORE


Avid Relisted On NASDAQ

Date: 03/04/2015

BURLINGTON, MA—Avid Returned To The NASDAQ Stock Market On December 8, Where It Is Trading Under Its Usual Symbol, AVID.  MORE


500 Series: Russ Long’s Magnificent Seven

Date: 03/03/2015

I Have To Confess That I've Become Addicted To These Seven 500 Series Modules.  MORE


Review: Lipinski Sound L-70 Monitor

Date: 03/02/2015

Pristine Performance That Inspires: The World-Class L-70 Is Truly Impressive.  MORE


 

Test Equipment

 

P&E Wing To Clarify Hi-Res

Date: 07/01/2015

The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing has embarked upon the creation of a series of Hi-Res Production Guidelines, clarifying the technology and techniques essential to producing high-resolution music.  MORE


Can You Be Replaced by a Software Algorithm?

Date: 06/29/2015

For Decades, Mastering Was Considered An Arcane, Difficult Art Capable Of Being Mastered (Sorry About The Pun) Only By Those With Jedi-Level Skill Sets.  MORE


You Say You Want A Convolution

Date: 06/09/2015

Reverb Used To Be Simple: A Room With A Mic And A Speaker.  MORE


Trending At Frankfurt Musikmesse

Date: 06/04/2015

The Biggest News In Frankfurt Was The Messe Hierarchy Shakeup And Subsequent Schedule Changes.  MORE


The Big Ten

Date: 04/09/2015

Did you get your questionnaire from Apple and Microsoft about what audio/video-oriented features you wanted in their latest operating systems? Neither did I, so as usual, we cross our fingers that the next OS to which we upgrade will fix more things than it breaks.  MORE


Avid CEO Talks Pro Tools 12, Expansion

Date: 03/20/2015

by Frank Wells. “As this industry changes, it impacts us just like it does an artist or a producer, a mixer, and our role as a member of the family, as the technology expert in the family, is to use our expertise to help move the family forward,” opined Louis Hernandez, Jr., Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Avid Technology, sitting down to talk to PSN during Winter NAMM 2015. NAMM saw the introduction of Avid Technology’s new flagship DAW, Pro Tools 12, with a basic companion DAW package, Pro Tools First. Pro Tools 12’s primary new features center on the Avid Everywhere concept, allowing access to music marketing and distribution tools, enabling collaboration and offering new software licensing models. Pro Tools First is a free software package, also conceived with collaboration in mind. Creating music “isn’t the whole problem anymore,” said Hernandez. “[The problem is] creating a way to sustain what you love doing. The tools have gotten simpler, but the environment’s  MORE


Focusrite Red Plug-In Suite

Date: 03/19/2015

Loading The New Focusrite Red Plug-In Suite ($299 Street)—Comprised Of The Red 2 EQ And Red 3 Compressor—Was Like Getting Back In Touch With Long-Lost Friend.  MORE


The Subscription Model Gathers Momentum

Date: 03/18/2015

This Column Covered The Subscription Model In June 2013—But A Lot Has Happened Since Then, And Now Our Industry Has Followed Adobe’S Lead.  MORE


Auto-Tune: The Controversy That Will Not Die

Date: 03/12/2015

Auto-Tune Hit The World In 1997, And Antares Has Continued To Update Its Software Since Then.  MORE


Software Aids In Power Use Of Hardware

Date: 03/10/2015

Recently, When I Found Myself Working In A ‘Traditional’ Studio (Amazing That I Even Have To Say That), I Noticed How Much Better I Knew All Of The Outboard Gear.  MORE


The Compatibility Game

Date: 03/10/2015

The “big features” that live within a DAW—digital audio, MIDI, automation, video integration, etc.—are already in place, but once you go outside the DAW, matters become less certain.  MORE


Studio Essentials: Perennial Favorites

Date: 03/10/2015

Years of insightful interviews with top engineers, mixers and producers have taught me a lot, including the truths within a well-worn cliché: the more things change, the more they stay the same.  MORE


Digital Archival Storage: Are We There Yet?

Date: 03/09/2015

One Year Ago, This Column Covered Backup.  MORE


From The Designer’S Perspective

Date: 03/09/2015

One Of The Software Bundles I Started Using Quite A Bit Recently Is The Explorer III Release From Rob Papen.  MORE


Immersive Sound: Bottom-Up Market Demand

Date: 03/02/2015

Initially Debuting In Cinemas In 2012, Immersive—Or 3D—Sound Has Moved With Lightning Speed Into The Living Room Compared To Previous Multichannel Audio Formats.  MORE


 
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