Robair Report | Reverse Engineering

Mar 1, 2012, By Gino Robair

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to hear sounds through someone else’s ears? When I introduce mic technology to my recording classes, I point out that the majority of the microphones we use in the studio are not designed to capture sounds with 100 percent accuracy....

TechTalk: Clean Power and Light

Mar 1, 2012, By Kevin Becka

If you haven’t been following my column for the past few months, I’m in the middle of building a small mix room—a high-end workspace on a moderate budget—while cutting as few corners as possible. Two of the most important considerations when building any listening space are light and power, both of which can impact audio quality....

Equator Audio Research D5 Monitor Review

Feb 1, 2012, By Bobby Frasier

Last year I had the pleasure of reviewing Equator Audio’s Q12 monitors for Mix (February 2011) and was impressed with many of their features—most importantly, the sound of those formidable 12-inch coaxial speakers. With the D5, Equator continues its philosophy of point-source sound reproduction, albeit in a greatly reduced footprint, power rating, maximum SPL and price point....

PreSonus Studio One Pro Version 2 Review

Jan 1, 2012, By Brandon T. Hickey

At the end of 2009, I first became familiar with Studio One and was immediately impressed with the overall look, ease of use and extensive features. The next upgrade, Version 1.5, added QuickTime movie imports, uploads to SoundCloud integrated into the mastering suite, “time stretching” and numerous other tweaks and improvements in response to user feedback. My expectations were high for V. 2, reviewed here, especially with radical innovations like the first DAW implementation of Celemony’s Melodyne ARA technology, which seamlessly integrates the popular pitch-correction software into Studio One. ...

Slate Digital Virtual Console Collection Review

Jan 1, 2012, By Barry Rudolph

The Slate Digital Virtual Console Collection plug-ins model the sonically pleasing harmonic distortion, noise and saturation effects of overdriving the transistorized channel and mix bus amplifier circuits used in four of the most highly prized vintage English and American analog recording consoles ever made. ...

Retro Powerstrip Channel Strip Review

Jan 1, 2012, By Kevin Becka

Some manufacturers produce products that are the best one-trick ponies money can buy, while others attempt to pack a wide range of features into a rackmountable or desktop unit. The Retro Powerstrip channel strip adheres to the latter philosophy with great results and no corners cut. The Powerstrip features a tube preamp with lots of clean gain; a Pultec-style, 2-band passive tube EQ; and variable-mu tube compressor in a two-rackspace unit. ...

The Sound Guy Spectral Machine Review

Jan 1, 2012, By Michael Cooper

New from The Sound Guy is a potpourri of effects—wrapped up in one plug-in—that use Fast Fourier Transform to massage and mangle audio. Flanging, multiband tremolo, equalization and pitch shifting are just the beginning. Other processors virtually transform vocals into keyboard instruments or robots to startling effect. But the biggest eyebrow-raiser is Spectral Machine’s list price: only $49.95. ...

Neumann KH 120A Studio Monitors Review

Dec 1, 2011, By Bobby Frasier

Neumann has been setting standards in front-end transducer technology for 83 years, as well as producing phonograph record-cutting lathes, mixing desks and even rechargeable batteries. Now, the company has entered into the world of speaker manufacturing via an arrangement with Klein+Hummel, a company with a long-standing reputation of producing exceptional speaker systems for recording, mixing and broadcast. Carrying the Neumann logo on their speakers, this tradition will no doubt be continued with utmost German precision, as witnessed in this first product offering. ...

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