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Taylor

Taylor
January 19, 2012

Universal Audio Apollo – First Look at NAMM

Not content with their position as the most likely to get name dropped in the world of DSP plugins, Universal Audio have brought their expertise to the the realm of high end audio interfaces. Meet Apollo, an 18 x 24 Firewire/Thunderbolt-ready audio interface. All the specs are there- 24 bit/ 192 kHz sound, great preamps and great converters. One might be forgiven for thinking UA were gunning for Apogee with this one. Well, at least before they look under the hood and see what else is going on.

You guessed it, UA’s DSP plugin system is under the hood! “That’s pretty cool,” you say, “but how is that different from all the other systems that offer DSP in an interface?” Well, the more obvious upshot here is that all that real-time processing means latency free recording, even when using UA’s well loved plugin series. The less obvious (and very cool) …

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The Unique Geek

The Unique Geek
September 7, 2011

Examining Mobile Studios: Idea or Reality

There was a lofty dream sold ages ago to musicians. As early as ten years ago you started to see the prospect of putting the music studio in your backpack. We began seeing images of people sitting in the subway stations making beats and countless hippies frolicking in the woods with their acoustic guitars and recording their inspiration instantaneously. If you were quick to jump on this train, like me, and gave up that dream after numerous issues – give it a try again. It’s like “plug-n-play.” That term originated during Windows 95 days. Us clever geeks snickered amongst ourselves because we came up with the term “plug-n-pray.” Is there nothing funnier than computer humor? LOL. Plug-n-play never became a reality until the past few years. You can actually plug in many devices and just use them as they have their drivers sitting on the USB chipset itself, for instance. …