Studio - Audio Processing--Analog

 

Review: Q2 Audio ADR Compex F760X-RS

Date: 06/17/2015

By Russ Long. The ADR Compex F760X-RS ($2,750) is a classic FET based compressor/limiter/expander/gate and has been a go-to box for many engineers over the past several decades. The vintage units continue to garner top dollar from those in the know. With the cooperation and full support of ADR, Tim Mead’s Q2 Audio has brought the elaborately designed Compex back to life. I should add that while the audio signal path and side-chain processing circuitry is completely faithful to the ADR’s version, some features have been updated to improve long-term reliability and operational flexibility, including the addition of external side-chain access which is configurable in the compressor or gate side-chains or via internal jumpers.  MORE


Review: Acme Audio Opticom XLA-3 MkII Tube Optical Limiter

Date: 06/12/2015

by Russ Long. There’s nothing more inspiring than a classic piece of audio gear and Acme Audio’s Opticom ($2,750) is precisely that: a modern day classic. Inspired by the Teletronix LA2A, the Opticom XLA-3 MKII is an all-tube optical limiter that offers a simple, elegant design with compression character that ranges from smooth and natural to aggressive and dirty. The 10.5 lb, 2U Opticom has a 20Hz to 20kHz +/- 1.4 dB frequency response and up to 29 dB of gain reduction (with 34 dB of makeup).  MORE


Third Annual St. John Recording & Review Retreat

Date: 06/09/2015

For the past three years, Rich Tozzoli has organized a grand recording, gigging and equipment review opportunity by gathering his most fun-loving musician and audio-engineering friends, a select batch of gear and heading to the Caribbean.  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


Teegarden Audio FatBoy Tube DI Direct Box

Date: 04/09/2015

The Fatboy ($695 direct)—about the size of a thick paperback book—employs an Electro-Harmonix 12AY7 tube (comparably, with a little less gain than a 12AX7 and a warmer “bluesier” tone, which Teegarden notes was chosen for its almost non-existent microphonic characteristics, allowing placement next to loud instruments, like drums, in live applications);  MORE


Harrison 32CS Channel Strip

Date: 04/09/2015

It was 1975 when Dave Harrison began marketing his 32 Series console, the first 32-bus inline console design.  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


 
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