By Billy Davis. Stagepas has impressive sound quality and will be a valuable asset to any gigging musician or presenter who plays small, intimate venues.
By Liz May. Shure's flagship Axient Digital wireless system handled everything we threw at it and came through with flying colors during PSN's review process.
By Rob Tavaglione. Krotos’ Reformer and Dehumaniser lines offer a new approach to sound design.
By Russ Long. Besides excelling at vocal recording, the SV33 mic’s natural sound character makes it a perfect option for instrument recording.
By Russ Long. The Mojave MA-1000 is an audio gem that can hold its own against any microphone manufactured today.
By Clive Young. A workhorse that does what you expect of it, the R-07 offers some comprehensive features for those who need more out of a consumer recorder than just the basics.
By Rob Tavaglione. I’m quite familiar with the unique response of ribbon tweeters, especially from my previous reviews of ADAM Audio monitors—Eve’s founder was a founder of ADAM as well—yet I was still unprepared for just how natural these 207s sounded.
By Rob Tavaglione. At right around $1K per pair at retail, these KH80 DSPs are hardly the most affordable of the micro-monitors out there today. They are, however, the most advanced, the most flexible, and quite likely the best sounding.
Producer/engineer Rob Tavaglione put Audio-Technica's AT5047 to the test on a variety of sources. And the verdict was...?
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 doesn’t have a host of unnecessary options or excessive menus.
By Rich Tozzoli. The company describes this mastering plug-in as a “unique multiband limiter, human-ear EQ and powerful audio maximizer” that will increase the loudness of your mix while maintaining or improving its dynamic perception.
By Steve Harvey. Avid CEO Louis Hernandez Jr. discusses storytelling, creativity in new book.
By Rich Tozzoli. Dig into Universal Audio’s new software emulation of the classic Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor.
The PSN review team takes on a HDMI wireless connection kit that allows audio and/or video content to be shared wirelessly from a HDMI port-equipped device.
By Rob Tavaglione. Did I mention that I’m currently obsessed with shaping the stereo field? I should also mention that the stereo-izing of mono tracks has been part of that width obsession, too. Day after day, I’m called on to make bland lead vocals into sexy, stereo, shimmering images of intrigue. Thankfully, Side-Widener helps do just that.
By Rob Tavaglione. IK Multimedia makes a number of gadgets, accessories and forward-thinking tools that are geared towards the postmodern performing and self-recording musician. However, its new iRig Acoustic Stage is a must-have for both live and studio sound engineers for its unique problem-solving capabilities, coupled with a low price of only $99.
By Rob Tavaglione. I know that I’ve been asked no less than a hundred times, “Can you make it sound like it’s on a scratchy old record?” I’ve often skirted the somewhat clichéd or cheeky request by saying, “I can add some static, but it’s hard to make it sound really cool.” Well, now that I have iZotope’s Vinyl plug-in, I’m able to say “Yes, I can do that” followed by “And yes, it will sound cool.” It’s powerful stuff that is remarkably free.
For those unfamiliar with the Bit-tree brand of patchbays, it is worth noting that the company’s founder, CEO Glenn Garrard, got his start in the music industry by building and maintaining speakers and tape machines for Detroit’s Motown Records alongside the illustrious Berry Gordy, Jr. When Gordy relocated Motown to LA in the early 1970s, Garrard moved, too, eventually working in television (for The Merv Griffin Show) before founding Bit-tree later in the decade.
By Rob Tavaglione. At first look, Blue’s Baby Bottle SL doesn’t look like much of a “baby”—that is, until you compare it to its behemoth predecessor, The Bottle. I’ve reviewed The Bottle, and it is indeed a testament to “no holds barred engineering.” It’s quite possibly the world’s most versatile microphone. The Baby Bottle SL doesn’t take such a purist (or expensive) route, but still delivers a similarly focused and forward sound.
Cloud Microphones’s new Cloudlifter CL-Zi ($379 street) is a well-built, steel-chassis box featuring a variable impedance knob (labeled “Z”) and high-pass filter (HPF) to allow tone shaping through the manipulation of impedance loading.
By Strother Bullins. ESI Audiotechnik GmbH—a branded and OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) pro audio design/manufacturing firm since 1998—is now shipping its 24-bit/96 kHz-capable U168 XT audio interface ($499.95 street), featuring what are arguably a recordist’s most commonly needed I/O at very attractive price points. Having used a wide range of USB I/O units, I was happy to find such an affordable, well-built 1U box with precisely what I find myself needing in most of the laptop, site-based multitracking sessions that I do. And at this price, I expect the U168 XT would serve a wide range of users well, notably those who may need a secondary I/O for on-the-go tracking situations, as described below.
Having already reviewed DPA’s lovely d:screet SC4098 supercardioid podium microphone in both house-of-worship (HOW) and theater environments (in Pro Sound News’ June 2015 issue), I revisited this world-class microphone recently, pairing it with the new DM6000 Microphone Base, an incredibly flexible product that can be used on tabletops or lecterns, or hung from the ceiling.
By Russ Long. The ADK Custom Shop’s Custom Z-Mod mics—which include the ADK Z-800, ADK Z-251, ADK Z-49, ADK Z-12, ADK Z-47 and ADK Z-67—are ADK’s definitive microphone line. Each model is hand-built in the USA in the sonic tradition of one particular classic microphone that is well-known in the history of recorded music. Each of the mics feature discrete Class-A tube electronics and offer nine polar patterns.
Everyone is a content creator these days. But while we can capture HD video on our smart devices, says Anthony Mattana, “When it comes to audio on our phones, we throw a Hail Mary and say, ‘the mic’s open.’ People don’t even know you can adjust mic gain.” In 2014, Mattana, a former Broadway theater sound designer, founded Hooke Audio, assembled a team of designers and developers, and launched a Kickstarter campaign for Verse, a pair of Bluetooth headphones with integrated binaural microphones.
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 tube microphone’s pickup pattern is continuously variable from omnidirectional to cardioid to figure-8. The glossy black and beautiful mic features a European-made K67 dual-membraned 1-inch capsule and is equipped with the same signature Soundelux USA Fat switch found on the U195 mic, as well as an inventive and musical high-frequency Cut-Flat-Boost switch that that works in tandem with its Hi-Lo switch.
By Strother Bullins. At NAMM 2017, Blue Microphones announced three newly revamped microphone models as part of its Essential Series, a collection comprised of the company’s best-selling condensers, featuring updated aesthetics, more sonic flavor and some key added features. Two of the three—the Bluebird SL and Spark SL—are reviewed here; Rob Tavaglione is currently reviewing the Baby Bottle SL for publication at a later date, as he reviewed the original Baby Bottle years ago.
By Strother Bullins. Upon auditioning Series Black by Lauten Audio—a typically “higher-end” and all-original design-centric microphone manufacturer—I felt as if I might’ve discovered a new subcategory of condensers. Though budget priced, the series provides a significant value in tonality, far from the typical “budget” microphones I have used in the past. Though “no frills,” Series Black mics are thoughtfully equipped with what many modern (e.g., primarily residential) audio engineers will need; filter frequency points were chosen specifically by Lauten’s owner/designer, Brian Loudenslager, to better serve those sheetrock-rich customers. And, though far from “fancy” or intentionally ornamental, Series Black products aren’t exactly plain, and are definitely not bland. So in truth, Lauten’s “Series Black” moniker is spot-on. Somewhat like Henry Ford’s first factory-built cars, these mics are comparably affordable, relatively well-constructed, useful to most users, free of accouterments,