Review: beyer MCE 86 II Electret Condenser Shotgun Microphone
A shotgun microphone is simply a tool worth having in any “workhorse” microphone collection, and the MCE 86 II is an ideal specimen.
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.
Black Lion Audio B12A MKII 500 Series Preamplifier
Now in the 500 Series format, Black Lion's popular mic pre gains extra features.
Review: Blue Hummingbird Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
Blue's 180-degree pivoting capsule SDC "sounds fantastic, feels expensive."
PAR Studio Review: Retro Instruments OP6 Portable Amplifier by Lynn Fuston
When I asked Phil Moore why he decided to build a recreation of the classic 1940s-vintage RCA OP6 preamp, his answer was brief and straight to the point.
Review: Radial Engineering Firefly Tube Direct Box
The Firefly starts with Class A electronics and a “zero negative feedback” design feeding a 12AX7 tube
It’s Out With The Big Iron For Veneto West
SANTA MONICA, CA—Ronan Chris Murphy, a producer, mixer, engineer and recording artist whose multi-room Veneto West facility in Santa Monica, CA also provides a home base for his educational endeavors, recently made a major change to his control room.
Sharing Space To Cover Mic To Master: A “GOLDMINE” DRESSED IN BLUE VELVET
SANTA ANA, CA—Punk rock musician Dan Balistreri and his wife, Nicole, also a musician, went looking for a music-related business a couple of years ago and got lucky.
Review: Aphex Microphone X USB Cardioid Condenser Microphone
At $199 street, it’s a useful, flexible USB sound capture tool.
Review: Monoprice 600850 Multipattern LDC
by Strother Bullins. Monoprice sells direct its own branded products ranging from band/orchestral to rock band gear and associated portable PAs—and pro audio products such as a 2.25 lb multi-pattern studio microphone: the 600850 Lollipop-Style Large Diaphragm Condenser (at...
Review: Sunburst Gear MM Series Monitor
By Strother Bullins. Elite Acoustics Designs’ Sunburst Gear M3BR8 could be the most useful multipurpose monitoring tool I’ve ever used. Is it a studio monitor, instrument monitor, sound reinforcement speaker, Bluetooth-ready portable DJ/KJ rig, remote-location battery powered portable PA,...
Review: JBL and M-Audio—Superb Studio Monitors for $500/Pair
M-Audio’s BX8 Carbons arrived as I reviewed JBL’s 3 Series LSR308s, both priced at $249 street. Here’s my take on both.
Cerwin-Vega P1000x P-Series Portable Powered Loudspeakers
The P-Series is one of two powered live loudspeaker lines by Cerwin-Vega, the other being C-V’s flagship CVA Series—quite possibly the best all-around PPA (portable PA) gear I’ve ever used.