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Will Windows 10 Take It To Eleven?

Date: 09/09/2015

One of the big surprises at Summer NAMM was Microsoft’s courtship of the audio industry, with both a general overview in the Davidson Ballroom, and a later A3E session that took a deeper, and more specific, dive.  MORE


When The Fans Are All Making Music, Who’s Listening?

Date: 09/09/2015

A Story Like This Issue’S Feature On Propellerhead’S New Portable Platform May Give Rise To A “Why Is This In PRO Sound News?” Query.  MORE


Propellerhead Proffers Pocket Production

Date: 09/08/2015

Propellerhead, the Swedish software developer behind such products as Reason, Re- Cycle and ReBirth, has launched a new social music-making platform that enables musicians worldwide to collaborate.  MORE


Review: JST Gain Reduction Deluxe Plug-in

Date: 09/03/2015

Rob Tavaglione. This Unique, Colorful Compressor Is Versatile, Affordable.  MORE


Review: Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2 Synth Plug-in

Date: 09/01/2015

Rich Tozzoli. Omnisphere 2 Features Over 12K Sounds And 4,500 New Patches.  MORE


Review: Hammond USA Leslie Studio 12 Cabinet

Date: 08/31/2015

Rob Tavaglione Reviews The Portable, Good-Sounding Studio 12 Cabinet.  MORE


Review: Metric Halo Production Plug-in Suite

Date: 08/28/2015

Rob Tavaglione. Now At $299, Production Bundle Is Screaming For Your Attention.  MORE


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

Date: 08/26/2015

Rob Tavaglione. The V5 Boasts Incredibly Wide Tonal Versatility.  MORE


AES139 Tech Program Set

Date: 08/25/2015

The Audio Engineering Society has lined up its most in-depth technical program yet for this year’s 139th International AES Convention, being held October 29 – November 1, 2015, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.  MORE


Review: Primacoustic FlexiBooth and VoxGuard VU

Date: 08/25/2015

These Absorptive, Noise Attenuating Vocal Capture Tools Are Affordable, Useful.  MORE


Review: Blue Hummingbird Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

Date: 08/25/2015

Blue's 180-Degree Pivoting Capsule SDC "Sounds Fantastic, Feels Expensive."  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


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


 

Test Equipment

 

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


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


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

 

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


Bush Plugs In To Digigrid DLS 

Date: 12/31/2014

Engineer And Producer Billy Bush Is Using The Digigrid DLS Audio Interface For Its Networking And Processing Capabilities.  MORE


The 2014 Anderton Awards

Date: 11/20/2014

It was a cliffhanger: With the founder of the audio industry’s only virtual awards show absent due to pressing family concerns, the Anderton Awards seemed in as much peril as Lindsay Lohan’s career.  MORE


Something Old Becomes Something New

Date: 11/20/2014

The Waves EMI TG12345 Plug- In Was Developed With Abbey Road Studios And Was Meticulously Modeled On The Actual Console Used By The Beatles For Abbey Road.  MORE


 
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