Ultimate Ears Fitkit, 18+ CSX IEM – A Real-World Review
Ultimate Ears' Fitkit system allows users to make their own ear molds for custom IEMs—so we stuck some in our ears and gave it a shot.
Samson G-Track Pro USB Mic Review – A Real-World Review
The Samson G-Track Pro USB mic is a complete recording solution for podcasters and home recordists that features a multipattern USB condenser microphone, audio interface and mixer all in one.
DPA 4560 CORE Binaural Headset Microphone—A Real-World Review
Producer/engineer Russ Long puts the brand-new DPA 4560 CORE Binaural Headset Microphone to the test for this Real-World Review.
Real-World Review: Making Sound — Creative Music Production Tips and Philosophies
Producer/engineer Russ Long pages through Making Sound and declares, "I don’t think there an engineer alive who won’t receive some benefit from reading it."
Real-World Review: Royer AxeMount Dual Microphone Clip
Producer/engineer Russ Long has to axe himself, how did we never think of this before?
Real-World Review: IK Multimedia iLoud MTM Monitors
When placed in less desirable or acoustically compromised sonic locations, iLoud Micro Monitors truly shine.
Real-World Review: Stealth Sonics C9 In-Ear Monitors
Singapore-based Stealth Sonics is one of the more recent IEM companies to garner attention, and after living with the company’s C9 IEMs, it’s easy to see why.
Real-World Review: Eventide H9000 Multi-Effects Processor
By Russ Long. The H9000 Harmonizer is a significant leap forward from 2006’s eight-channel H8000FW.
Real-World Review: Royer Labs R-DB20 dBooster In-Line Signal Booster
By Russ Long. Ribbon mic manufacturer gets into the mic signal booster/impedance buffer game.
Real-World Review: Universal Audio UAD-2 Live Rack
Russ Long put the Universal Audio UAD-2 Live Rack to the test during a string of Amy Grant/Vince Gill shows at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, and came away with a distinct opinion….
The Pro Sound News Holiday Gift Guide, 2018 Edition!
Producer/engineer and longtime PSN reviewer Russ Long serves up his annual list of gift ideas/reviews for all the audio pros who have been good this year.
Review: Mara Machines MCI JH-110C 1/4-Inch 2-Track Recorder
By Russ Long. The Mara Machines MCI JH-110C 1/4-inch 2-track is undoubtedly the best way to incorporate the true sound of analog into today’s recording workflow.
Earthworks SV33 Cardioid Capacitor Microphone – A Real-World Review
Besides excelling at vocal recording, the SV33 mic’s natural sound character makes it a perfect option for instrument recording.
Mojave MA-1000 Large-Diaphragm Tube Condenser Microphone – A Real-World Review
By Russ Long. The Mojave MA-1000 is an audio gem that can hold its own against any microphone manufactured today.
Royer R-10 Ribbon Microphone – A Real-World Review
By Russ Long. Although you wouldn’t guess it from the mic’s exceptional sonic performance and build quality, the R-10 is the most affordable Royer mic to date.
Review: Magix Sound Forge Pro Mac V3
By Russ Long. Sound Forge Pro Mac 3 is an audio editor and processor that incorporates a highly customizable single-window architecture. While the look and feel of the application isn’t necessarily bare-bones, it is still a no-fluff application that...
Building Dangerland, Part 4: Studio Construction—Almost There
Still lacking lighting, furniture, etc., I configured a temporary setup with gear stacked on folding tables and old cases and, while it looks a bit make-shift, it sounds fantastic. I’m now mixing in Dangerland—yep, the studio is called Dangerland!...
Review: Soundelux USA U99 Tube Mic
By Russ Long. Beautifully built in the spirit of the classic Neumann U67 to David Bock’s specifications, the Soundelux USA U99 tube condenser microphone ($2,599 street) is one of the finest microphones being manufactured today at any price. The...
Review: Apogee Element Series Thunderbolt Audio Interfaces
By Russ Long. After being blown away by the new Apogee Symphony interface last year, I couldn’t wait to give the Element 46 a go. One of three Element Series products, the Element 46 represents Apogee’s latest foray into...
Building Dangerland, Part 3: Digging In—Floating My Control Room
Based on a long list of factors—with cost being at the top of the list, but also including building code restrictions, spouse-imposed limitations (“We’re not building freaking Ocean Way in our backyard!”) and a few other factors, I’ve settled...
Review: Carl Tatz Design PhantomFocus eChair
By Russ Long. I’ve had the opportunity to work and audition several of Tatz’s proprietary PhantomFocus monitoring system-equipped spaces, and they are sonically spectacular. For that reason, I knew that an audio production chair worthy of the PhantomFocus name...
Review: IK Multimedia Modo Bass Virtual Instrument
By Russ Long. I’m always anxious to get my hands on a killer virtual instrument (VI) and the new IK Multimedia Modo Bass ($299) is the best bass guitar VI I’ve encountered. It provides an unchallenged level of sonic...