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Matt

Matt
November 24, 2014

Interface Bundles To Get Your Home Studio Started and Save You Money

Purchase the PreSonus AudioBox Studio Bundle

Purchase the Focusrite 6i6 Studio Bundle

Purchase the Steinberg Studio Bundle

Purchase the M-Audio AV30 Studio Monitors

 

The world of Home Recording is a vast world out there with so many options. But where do you start? Monitors? Mic? Pre-Amps? DAWS? Many think they have to break the bank to get great sound, but you really don’t. Here I am going to outline a few options from PreSonus, Focusrite, and Steinberg that will get you on your way without robbing your wallet.

 

Interface Bundles Under $400

PreSonus

 PreSonus AudioBox Studio Complete USB Recording Kit w/ Mic Stand & Pop Filter – $209.49

If all you need right now is one mic to record your vocals, this kit is perfect for you. It includes a great sounding condenser microphone that will get you those crisp clear vocal tracks you want to add …

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Matt

Matt
October 22, 2013

Apogee MiC Overview

In our continuing showcase of portable electronic devices from Apogee Electronics, we are looking at the Mac and iOS compatible condenser microphone dubbed Apogee MiC. MiC has all the professional sound quality you can come to expect from an Apogee product, but with a portable size and competitive price point that make it an ideal option for the guy or gal with on the go audio needs. We reviewed the Apogee MiC last year when it first arrived and not much has changed from what we saw then. As with the Apogee JAM, the only major difference on the Apogee MiC is the ability to connect it to new generation iOS devices like the iPhone 5 and the latest iPad tablet.

Although there are not any new features, there is still plenty to be excited about with this microphone. It can fit in your pocket but it also has a …

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Matt

Matt
May 25, 2012

American Audio VMS4 Traktor Controller Review

American Audio is breaking into the Traktor game and they are getting it done with their new controller the VMS4 Traktor Controller.  Drawing off of the success of its Virtual DJ cousin, the VDJ VMS4, this version has been given an updated paint scheme and comes with a specal version of Traktor that is mapped perfectly to the controller.  It’s a four-deck mid-range Traktor controller with some pretty cool features. We are going to break down the controller piece by piece to see how it stacks up against its Virtual DJ counterpart.

Construction

Construction wise this controller is a beast, it is made of solid metal and has four rubber corners that give it good traction on the DJ table.  The rubber edges elevate the controller slightly off the table which is nice because DJ tables have tendencies to become soaked with beer or other foreign liquid substances and …

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September 29, 2011

Line 6 XD-V70 Digital Wireless Microphone System Review

Sometimes I take things for granted. I’m getting paid up front, the club will be packed, and my mic will sound great, right? Wrong. It’s not always the case for any of those, but I can definitely help with the last. We had the pleasure of using the new Line 6 XD-V70 digital wireless handheld mic recently and discovered just how advanced wireless technology has become.

Microphone reliability is of paramount importance, especially in a live environment. These days most artists rely on a wireless microphone so they can have a broad range of mobility without fumbling over mic cables. For as long as wireless microphone technology has been utilized there have been issues with RF interference, signal loss, frequency redundancies, and recently a limited range of frequencies in which to operate. The XD-V70 offers the perfect solution to all of these issues as well as offering some unique mic-modeling …

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Matt

Matt
August 19, 2011

Zoom H2N: The Future of Portable Recorders

Samson, the company that makes Zoom recorders, sent me a prototype of their new portable digital recorder the H2n. I originally wrote a blog detailing my initial impressions of the recorder before I was able to get my hands on it. Now that I have had the chance to play around with it, I must say that I am quite impressed with their new recorder.

Thoughts Post Demo

I wrote a blog on the H2n before I got my hands on it and I had some things that I thought were lacking. For instance I did not like how there was no XLR, 1/4 inch combination input like on the H4n. My doubts were quickly erased when I used the on board mics and played around with the menu functions. The mics are great and implementing an external input would have made the recorder larger and less portable.

In addition …