May 9, 2013
Purchasing a USB audio interface can be as daunting a task as affording your first PA or speaker system. There is a lot to learn and a lot that you won’t learn until after the fact. What you do know now, is what your needs are going to be – and perhaps that you want to keep your options open in case of future needs. A USB soundcard is different from the soundcard that is either integrated into your system or attached to your system via a mixer of some sorts. The obvious benefit to an external soundcard is the addition of various inputs and outputs.
DJ mixers usually have a slew of analog inputs and digital inputs, but rarely do they have more than one (if at all) digital output. A good USB soundcard should have what you need and a little bit on top of that. They can …
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.…
The Unique Geek
November 16, 2011
When I used to think of preamps, I used to think of them as a lifeless utility device. I suppose they are, ultimately – I’ve never had a conversation with one and they do serve a function. But, preamps also have their own personalities. Let’s go back to how I first really knew they existed.
Way back in time (a land before the laptop computer) I owned an acoustic guitar and bought a pickup to put in the guitar because I was too broke to own both an acoustic and an electric. But, recording the guitar was always awful because I captured a ton of noise and it was always so darned quiet. I don’t even want to tell you what I was recording on, it’s too dark, I can’t go back there – just know that there were about 10 people recording audio on the computer back then and …
November 17, 2010
It’s time to put Avid Pro Tools 9 through the paces. Does it really work with nearly every IO on the market? Avid claims that as long as there is a Core Audio or ASIO driver – you’re in luck. Just to be sure, we make TJ Martin (with Avid) use a Presonus, Focusrite, RME and a Line 6 interface with Pro Tools 9. We’ll also see anything else that’s new (and of importance) in Pro Tools 9.
What does Pro Tools 9 Come with?
(1) Pro Tools 9 software DVD (includes bundled software and guides)
(1) Pro Tools 9 drivers DVD
(1) Audio Loops DVD
(1) iLok USB Smart Key (for software authorization)
(1) Pro Tools 9 installation guide
(1) Intro to Pro Tools 9 guide
(1) Software activation card
What Avid Says:
Fuel your creativity with a huge collection of over 70 professional sound-processing plug-ins, virtual instruments, and