RUPERT NEVE DESIGNS RNDI ACTIVE TRANSFORMER DIRECT INTERFACE
It wasn’t until I owned a Neve console that I truly understood the cumulative value of recording through circuitry designed by the legendary Rupert Neve.
Review: Focusrite Clarett 8Pre 18×20 Thunderbolt Interface
Focusrite has continued its notable audio legacy with the Clarett 8Pre ($999 street), one of the new products in the company’s Thunderbolt-based Clarett range of interfaces.
RETRO INSTRUMENTS OP-6 TUBE MICROPHONE PREAMPLIFIER
The RCA OP-6 was originally introduced in the 1930s and was primarily used for remote, live radio broadcasts.
Review: Ultimate Ears Sound Guard IEM Processor/Limiter
Russ Long. UE radically improves IEM performance via limiting circuit and more.
Review: iZ RADAR studio Recording System/Multiplatform DAW
By Russ Long. RADAR studio runs DAWs natively: e.g., Pro Tools.
Review: Acme Audio Opticom XLA-3 MkII Tube Optical Limiter
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...
Lipinski Sound L-70 True Reference Powered Monitor
Respected audio engineer Andrew Lipinski founded Lipinski Sound Corporation in 2003 originally for the purpose of developing tools to better his own work as an engineer.
Yamaha & Steinberg Nuage Integrated Audio Production System
When I started engineering in the Eighties, it was hard to find a studio without Yamaha REV7 and SPX90 digital processors and a pair of NS-10M monitors.
Review: Marshall IPTV Live Music Event Streaming System
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...
Studio Review: Lynx Aurora, Hilo & LT-TB LSlot Interface Card
The Lynx Aurora has been a mainstay in recording since 2005 and is still considered the best I/O option by many top engineers. Last year’s news that it was the primary interface used in the making of Daft Punk’s...
Reviews by Russ Long: Softube, G-Technology & Focal Professional
This month I’m taking a close look at three of my personal product highlights from the recent Winter NAMM show.
PAR Studio Review: iZ ADA II ADC/DAC Modular Multichannel Converter System
The sleek, MADI-equipped iZ ADA II multichannel A/D/D/A offers notably high-quality sound in a completely flexible, truly professional configuration. At Right: the iZ ADA II at Russ Long’s Nashville studio. Photo: Keoni Keur. Before hearing RADAR (Random Access Digital...
Review: MXL CR89 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
The cardioid MXL CR89 provides exceptional performance equivalent to microphones typically costing three to four times more. Though MXL has been manufacturing microphones for some time now (since 1995 actually), it’s only in the past few years that they’ve...
Review: Cascade Fat Head II Active/Passive Ribbon Microphone
The Fat Head II is an attractively-priced, great-sounding ribbon mic, switchable between active and passive operation. I was introduced to the Cascade Fat Head mic over half a decade ago and since then I’ve been convinced that they hold...
Review: Royer RSM-SS1 Sling-Shock Microphone Shock Mount
The Sling-Shock is a great, straightforward way to improve any microphone-sourced signal chain. I attend the massive Winter NAMM Show every January and, for the last several years, it seems like every showstopper has been either a cutting edge...
Review: Focal Professional SM9 3-/2-Way Active Studio Monitor
The SM9 is a revolutionary concept, offering essentially two monitoring speakers (a 2-way and a 3-way) in one unique cabinet. In a relatively short amount of time, Focal-JMlab, headquartered in Saint-Etienne, France, has grown to become one of the...
Review: KB Keyboard Covers for Apple Computers
Going KB for your DAW’s keyboard and/or keyboard cover provides superior protection as well as operational information, all at your fingertips. KB Covers provides high quality keyboard covers for Mac desktop and laptop computers and they also make custom...
Review: PreSonus Studio One Professional 2 Digital Audio Workstation
Easy to use, powerful and efficient, Studio One “sounds amazing,” providing everything you need to record, mix and master your music. In 2010, PreSonus released Studio One and successfully raised the bar for DAW intuitiveness. Now with the release...
Review: iZotope ANR-B Adaptive Real-Time Noise Reduction
The ANR-B handles noise better than any device our Senior Contributor has ever encountered — and it does it in real time. At this point in time, you’d be hard pressed to find someone who works in audio but is...
Retro Instruments Powerstrip Tube Recording Channel
Established in 2006, Retro Instruments is a relatively new company, but due to the classic nature of its product line and the fact that everything it has released to date is a true sonic gem, it feels like it...
API The Channel Strip (TCS) Microphone Preamplifier, Compressor & Equalizer
After being formed in 1968, API quickly rose to high esteem among the world’s top manufacturers in every musical genre to the point that many engineers prefer not to track through anything but an API desk.