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...
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.
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...
Universal Audio UAD-2 Satellite QUAD FireWire DSP Accelerator
The UAD-2 Satellite QUAD is priced right, packing processing power into a solid, portable box.
Harrison Mixbus Version 2.0.5 Digital Audio Workstation
For in-the-box music mixers, the “amazing-sounding” Mixbus DAW may be an answered prayer.
Mojave Audio MA-300 Large-Diaphragm Tube Condenser Microphone
The multi-pattern MA-300 is a well-built, feature-packed and exceptionally priced tube large-diaphragm condenser.
Carl Tatz Design PhantomFocus Monitor Optimization System (PFS)
PFS allows your speakers to sound how they are supposed to sound if your room “wasn’t being so destructive,” offers Tatz. Here, PAR’s senior contributor enthusiastically confirms this claim.
RTW TouchMonitor TM7 and TM9 Graphic User Interfaces (GUIs)
TouchMonitor is an amazing, high-quality tool for confirming precise details about pro-level mix projects.
Avid Pro Tools HD Native Digital Audio Workstation
Can Pro Tools running natively be as good as a PT|HD TDM system? In a word: Almost.
Steinberg Nuendo 5 Digital Audio Workstation: A PAR Feature Review
Ten years after Nuendo V.1, Steinberg releases Nuendo 5, the most comprehensive and powerful version of their audio production platform to date.
Review: Bricasti Model 7 Digital Reverb Processor and Model 10 Remote Console
The M7 and M10 remote comprise the best-sounding reverb system on the market.
Review: LaChapell Model 583s Microphone Preamplifier
The Model 583s' true-tube design and massive sound easily land it on the short list of the best mic preamps ever.
Review: SPL Transient Designer 4 Model 9842 Processor
The Transient Designer provides the ability to increase or decrease the attack of a sound source and to extend or shorten its sustain. The box actually makes it possible to shape the dynamic path of a signal practically giving...