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Taylor

Taylor
August 21, 2014

Focusrite iTrack Dock Review

Alesis got innovative a couple of years ago when they released the first real solution to iPad recording with the Alesis IO Dock. It has been updated since then with the Alesis IO Dock 2 and now other companies are stepping up to the plate with their own iPad audio interface. Enter the Focusrite iTrack Dock built for the latest generation of iPad, iPad Air, and iPad Mini.

Focusrite have some outstanding circuitry and microphone preamps in their interfaces, and that same technology is on board the iTrack Dock. We decided to dive a little deeper to see what the Focusrite iTrack Dock offers for mobile recording so you can decide if the iTrack Dock is right for you.

Construction/Design

You can connect any generation iPad that takes a lightning connection. iPad Minis will fit the interface the best, but you can move the lightning switch up a notch to …

Focusrite iTrack Dock
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Taylor

Taylor
August 20, 2014

Mackie Thump 12 Overview

Mackie have been putting out some great loudspeakers over the past few years with a wide range of power handling. Their latest release is an update to the already popular THUMP line of speakers with the Thump 12, Thump 15, and Thump 18S subwoofer. We decided to take a closer look at the Mackie Thump 12 for those of you in need of a new set of powered loudspeakers.

Power and Design

The Mackie Thump 12 and 15 both feature 1000 watts of class D power. They feature 12 and 15 inch woofers respectively and both have a high quality 1.4 inch Titanium Dome Compression driver. The internal parts are all housed inside a rugged polypropylene casing which make the speaker both lightweight and durable. This is pretty standard for most newer loudspeaker enclosures and keeps the Mackie Thump 12′s weight at around 29 lbs. There are handles …

Mackie Thump 12
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Taylor

Taylor
August 15, 2014

AKG C414 XLII Condenser Microphone Review

The original AKG C414 design has been a popular microphone for studio recordings since the early 1970s. It was originally an update of the AKG C12 which only offered 3 polar pattern selections. The AKG C414 offered 4 polar patterns and became a staple in many recording studios. More improvements came along the way with XLR inputs instead of a fixed cable, a teflon-ringed capsule, better power handling, lower mic noise, and added gain to name a few.

AKG decided back in 2004 to update this popular condenser microphone for the 21st century and released the AKG C414 B-XLS and the AKG C414 B-XLII. In 2009 they updated it once again to allow for “in-between” polar patterns upping the number from 5 to 9 total polar pattern settings. Both the AKG C414 XLS and the AKG C414 XLII are solid condenser microphones but for this review we decided to focus …

AKG C414 XLII
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Taylor

Taylor
August 12, 2014

Presonus Audiobox iOne & iTwo Interface Review

Presonus have been releasing a lot of audio interfaces over the years from their mobile FireStudio line all the way up to their large console StudioLive line. The AudioBox line has been equally popular in providing high quality preamps into very mobile boxes. The latest addition to the AudioBox line from Presonus are the AudioBox iOne and iTwo audio interfaces. These new interfaces have the same quality and portability of previous AudioBox interfaces, but Presonus have added iPad connectivity to allow integration with popular recording apps for a truly mobile recording experience.

Portability is great but how do the AudioBox iOne and iTwo stack up in terms of quality? We decided to take a closer look at these new interfaces to see what they have to offer.

I/O

The iOne has a single XLR input as well as a single instrument input. The XLR input has switchable 48 volt …

Presonus Audiobox iTwo
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Taylor

Taylor
August 11, 2014

Korg MS-20 Mini Overview

Debuting in the late 1970s, the original MS-20 was an extremely popular synthesizer well into the 1980s with the explosion of synth-pop and other experimental electronic genres. Along with companies like Moog, Korg are among the champions of classic synthesizers still heralded today for their signature sound. We first saw the MS-20 Mini on the NAMM show floor back in January of 2013. It was a little hidden gem amongst the onslaught of new synthesizers and drum machines coming from some of the most popular brands in the market.

A little over a year and a half later and we have begun to see countless artists using the MS-20 Mini in their production as well as on stages around the globe. So what makes the Korg MS-20 Mini such a popular synthesizer the world over? Well we decided to break down the features that make the MS-20 Mini such an …

Korg MS-20 Mini