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Matt

Matt
February 19, 2013

Focusrite Scarlett Studio Review

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 …

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Matt

Matt
January 9, 2013

CES 2013: A Prelude to NAMM 2013

This week saw the beginning of the annual Consumer Electronic Show (CES) 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Typically CES is home to the latest innovations and announcements from the world of cameras, televisions, and new smart phone technology. There are however a good amount of professional audio companies that are in attendance, and these companies are there to unveil their latest generic consumer products instead the more targeted and musician/producer focused gear we see at the NAMM show. There are some very interesting audio devices coming out of CES this year and while you are desperately waiting in anticipation for all the new gear at NAMM, here are a few things to whet your appetite.

IK Multimedia

iRig HD

IK Multimedia has been at the forefront of developing hardware and interfaces that allow for audio recording on your computer, iPad, and iPhone. They are committed to developing tools to compliment the ever advancing technological …

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Matt

Matt
November 13, 2012

Zoom Q2HD Review

Coming off its predecessor the Zoom Q3HD, Samson Technologies (the company that owns Zoom) has released another portable audio/video recorder with the Zoom Q2HD. Zoom has kept much of the same functionality from the Q3HD intact but has also added some new and useful features that a lot of Q3HD users felt were missing. For an overview of the features on the Q3HD that are also available on the Q2HD, check our our review of the Zoom Q3HD. So what’s new on the Q3HD?

Mid-Side Recording

Zoom introduced the mid side recording feature on their portable digital audio recorder the Zoom H2n. Be sure to check out our review of the Zoom H2n if you want to know more. For those of you not familiar with mid side recording this is a recording technique that is especially useful for film and broadcast media where recording ambient noise …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
September 26, 2012

iRig PRE Universal Microphone Interface For iPhone/iPod touch/iPad Now Available

IK Multimedia’s iRig devices have gained popularity in the iPad world due to their simple design and approach to an otherwise complicated idea.  Today they’ve expanded on this with the latest addition to their line, the iRig Pre.  This interface was designed to use specifically with vocalists, and should mount right up to a typical microphone boom stand.

It offers XLR inputs as well as phantom power and gain control.  A separate headphone output is also available for live cueing.  The iRig line now extends to everything from guitars to midi controllers can be used in type of recording situation that involves the use of an iPad.…

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The Unique Geek

The Unique Geek
November 16, 2011

What’s a preamp? And why do I need one?

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 …