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.
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 Review
The Earthworks SV33 cardioid capacitor studio microphone is a no-compromise mic with an ultra-pure signal.
Mojave MA-1000 Large-Diaphragm Tube Condenser Microphone Review
With the MA-1000 tube condenser microphone, Mojave built a world-class studio microphone with no compromises, and the result is an audio gem.
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...