June 13, 2013
RME has a reputation for being one of the leading companies when it comes to high quality, analog to digital converters within their audio interfaces. A lot of high quality interfaces stop right there with the microphone preamps and the AD conversion. RME goes that extra step on the Fireface UFX by including all kinds of internal settings from FX controls to an internal DSP for recording without a computer. You also have options for adding external hardware to up the ante and give you a large volume of inputs and control. The RME Fireface UFX has been out for a couple years now, but we rediscovered its power when comparing it to the large volume of audio interfaces coming from various companies. A lot of the newer interfaces are trying to incorporate a level of portability with quality, but many fall short when compared to the RME Fireface UFX.
Of course …
March 15, 2013
The Apogee Quartet is a 4 in and 6 out audio interface built specifically for Mac computers and even works on your iOS devices like your iPad and iPhone. While the Quartet does have a large price tag, you are getting a lot of features that go beyond just a standard audio interface. Instead of just showing you all the Quartet has to offer, we decided to take it to Parhelion studios, put it in the hands of avid Apogee user Miles Walker, and give it a test drive. He not only takes us through the features in the video but also demos the sound of the mic preamps as well as the iOS connectivity.
Miles Walker is a music producer and engineer based out of Atlanta, GA. His work can be heard on the records for mega hit makers like Beyonce, Katy Perry, and Wiz Khalifa. If you want to …
February 19, 2013
It’s very rare for digital recording bundles to come packaged with three pieces of gear that are of a good quality and reasonably priced. Typically the included microphone or headphones are sub par at best while the interface is around the quality you expect given it’s price. The Focusrite Scarlett Studio package looks to break that mold by offering three quality pieces of gear into a recording bundle that is priced well below the normal studio package. While the Scarlett Studio package may not be the be all end all solution to your recording needs, it does have everything you need to get a solid recording without breaking the bank.
Here are some details and specifications on each piece of equipment that comes in the Focusrite Scarlett Studio package.
Scarlett 2i2 Interface
In light of the recent Dave Grohl directed Sound City documentary, its worth mentioning that Focusrite was founded in 1985 …
September 27, 2012
Focusrite has introduced its iTrack Solo, a hardware interface designed to allow 2-channel recording in any iOS device; specifically the iPad. Although compatible with PC’s, the iTrack was specifically designed to use with the iOS GarageBand software. The unit itself comes with LED indicators for input levels, as well as separate input controls for both microphones and amplified sources – it also has on-board connections for direct loudspeaker routing.
The beauty of a hardware recording unit (opposed to software recording), is the latency free monitoring and the high-quality, unadulterated signal that it’s capable of producing. It will be available in October at around $160.…
September 10, 2012
This past week Apogee revealed the Quartet, a four input/eight output USB interface, studio control center. It’s no secret that we have a fondness for Apogee gear here at UniqueSquared. Their streamlined design, combined with great audio quality, and ease of use, makes their products stand out from the competition. You can listen to our Podcast, which we record through the Apogee Duet 2 or, check out our reviews of the Apogee MiC and Apogee Jam.…