Live - Microphone Preamplifiers


Review: Mackie Reach Portable PA System

Date: 11/25/2015

Strother Bullins. Just one Reach enclosure will deliver main and dual stage monitor duties and much more.  MORE


Date: 11/10/2015

In my review-based pursuits, I’ve auditioned most portable PAs (PPAs) currently available in the marketplace: many great ones, some very portable ones, some not-so-portable ones and a lot that fall somewhere within those ideals.  MORE

Review: Electro-Voice EKX Series Loudspeakers

Date: 11/04/2015

Strother Bullins. EKX offers powerful-yet-efficient performance, simple DSP, road-worthy construction, and great value.  MORE

BAE 73MPL 500-Series Microphone Preamplifier

Date: 10/14/2015

All things considered, the Neve 1073 mic preamp/EQ module is likely the most popular mic amp in history.  MORE

Review: beyer MCE 86 II Electret Condenser Shotgun Microphone

Date: 10/06/2015

A shotgun microphone is simply a tool worth having in any “workhorse” microphone collection, and the MCE 86 II is an ideal specimen.  MORE

Review: Mackie Freeplay Personal PA

Date: 09/22/2015

By Strother Bullins. The quick scoop? FreePlay is my favorite boom box, ever.  MORE

Review: Yamaha TF Series

Date: 09/08/2015

Touch-centric with an intuitive proprietary OS, the TF is capable yet easy.  MORE

Review: Hammond USA Leslie Studio 12 Cabinet

Date: 08/31/2015

Rob Tavaglione reviews the portable, good-sounding Studio 12 cabinet.  MORE

Review: Avalon V5 Preamplifier/DI/Re-amping Box

Date: 08/26/2015

Rob Tavaglione. The V5 boasts incredibly wide tonal versatility.  MORE

Review: Blue Hummingbird Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

Date: 08/25/2015

Blue's 180-degree pivoting capsule SDC "sounds fantastic, feels expensive."  MORE

Shure ULX-D Digital Wireless Now In 900 MHz

Date: 08/20/2015

ULX-D wireless is now additionally available in a 900 MHz package.  MORE

Review: Radial Engineering Firefly Tube Direct Box

Date: 08/07/2015

The Firefly starts with Class A electronics and a “zero negative feedback” design feeding a 12AX7 tube  MORE

Review: X-Clip Dual Microphone Holder

Date: 07/09/2015

Rob Tavaglione. No more gaffer's tape! X-Clip ideally holds an SM57 and SDC.  MORE

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

Date: 07/06/2015

By Strother Bullins. MXL Microphones’ new three-piece DRUM PA-5K drum mic kit (pictured, at $199) includes two of the company’s new A-5t Tom Microphones and the MXL A-55 Kicker bass drum mic.  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

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